As the Colaicomo family of Yuri the dog and six cats set off from Rome to England, various friends and neighbours popped round to see how everything was going and give the animals a great send-off.

“We’ll be like parents with a few days off from our children,” said Anne. “What shall we do?” We think she seemed quite keen to get out and have a bit of fun.

While we placed the cats in the van, Yuri stood by watching with Alessandro. Yuri mentioned that he’d quite like to share with Mop, as they’re such good buddies. We had to explain that we couldn’t do that, as Mop might run away when we took Yuri out for this walk.