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Airlift from Greece: nine dogs going to the UK

On his way to the UK with Pipi, Boomer, Hector and Dylan, courier M dropped courier J at Milan airport to board a flight to Greece, ready to help with the airlift from Greece of nine dogs going to the UK.

Three dogs travelled for the Wild at Heart Foundation.

The other six went to the Central Bark Beach Dog Café in Manchester. Four are from Lesvos, and two are from Lemnos. The Starlight Barking Trust has pledged to help as many Lemnos strays as possible to find new homes. If you’d like to make a donation to support the trust’s work, you can use the PayPal donation button on their Facebook page.

And if you’re interested in adopting any of the dogs currently in Manchester, do get in touch with the Starlight Barking Trust — contact details are on their Facebook page.

Sightseeing on Lesvos

Before gathering up the dogs for their flights, courier J had time to indulge in a spot of sightseeing.

Wonderful rocky outcrops, abounding with wild flowers…

Wonderful rocky outcrops, abounding with wild flowers…

…and bright pink shelters, which we assume are for stray dogs

…and bright pink shelters, which we assume are for stray dogs

A closer look at the wild flowers

A closer look at the wild flowers

At the community olive oil mill — these steam-powered machines turn cogs to move belts and pulleys and provide power to the olive presses

At the community olive oil mill — these steam-powered machines turn cogs to move belts and pulleys and provide power to the olive presses

Pressing the pulp after the olives have been crushed

Pressing the pulp after the olives have been crushed

Olive oil storage

Olive oil storage

If that's the goat minder in the background, he's asleep on the job!

If that’s the goat minder in the background, he’s asleep on the job!

Mytilene Castle has seen many residents since it was built in the 14th century. Most recently, migrants camped out here last year.

Mytilene Castle has seen many residents since it was built in the 14th century. Most recently, migrants camped out here last year.

An abandoned worksheet for learning English

An abandoned worksheet for learning English

We nearly trod on this glamorous insect! Can anyone identify it?

We nearly trod on this glamorous insect! Can anyone identify it?

Starlight Barking Trust

Benny, Bruno, Sissy, Lulu, Lola and Teddy had their journeys sponsored by the Starlight Barking Trust.

Mates Benny and Bruno

Mates Benny and Bruno

Five-month-old Sissy, a small Collie-type dog, is well socialised with people and other dogs

Five-month-old Sissy, a small Collie-type dog, is well socialised with people and other dogs

Lulu (here) and Lola are the sisters of two other young pups we brought back from Greece on a previous trip, and who are now happily settled in their new homes in Scotland.

Lulu (here) and Lola are the sisters of two other young pups we brought back from Greece on a previous trip, and who are now happily settled in their new homes in Scotland.

Lola, Lulu's sister. These two girls, along with their brothers, were hand reared by Rebecca of Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions. They lived in her home and are well socialised with people, their siblings and other dogs. They're travelling together on this trip.

Lola, Lulu’s sister. These two girls, along with their brothers, were hand reared by Rebecca of Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions. They lived in her home and are well socialised with people, their siblings and other dogs. They’re travelling together on this trip.

Teddy, a real smiler

Teddy, a real smiler

Wild at Heart Foundation

Meg, Benji and another Teddy were sponsored by the Wild at Heart Foundation.

Airlift to Greece: Soft little Meg was a bit confused by all the moving about. Don't worry Meg, it will soon all be over!

Soft little Meg was a bit confused by all the moving about. Don’t worry Meg, it will soon all be over!

Pointer Benji from Lesvos

Pointer Benji from Lesvos

Teddy gets a goodbye hug at the airport

Teddy gets a goodbye hug at the airport

At Mytilene airport

It was an early start (4.00am!) for couriers J and Richard, and Rebecca. By 6.30am we were at the airport with the nine dogs safely tucked up in their travel boxes.

We were then faced with the unexpected palaver of unloading the dogs, dismantling the boxes for X-raying, having each box and dog weighed separately, putting the boxes back together, and settling the dogs back down inside them.

By some miracle, we still managed to be ready to check in on time for our plane to Athens!

Courier Richard with Rebecca at the airport

Courier Richard with Rebecca at the airport

Airlift from Greece Courier Richard chatting with the dogs to reassure them

Courier Richard chatting with the dogs to reassure them

 

Rebecca gives Sissy a big goodbye hug. She really is a very small dog!

Rebecca gives Sissy a big goodbye hug. She really is a very small dog!

Starlight Barking Teddy knows that to get a head or tummy rub, he just has to lie down. Here's Rebecca, obliging!

Starlight Barking Teddy knows that to get a head or tummy rub, he just has to lie down. Here’s Rebecca, obliging!

Rebecca has a final cuddle with Lulu and Lola

Rebecca has a final cuddle with Lulu and Lola

Benny from Lemnos gets a chin chuck

Benny from Lemnos gets a chin chuck

Rebecca says goodbye to Bruno

Rebecca says goodbye to Bruno

The check-in area at Mytilene airport is quite small, so the handlers were keen to take our passengers off for loading as soon as possible

The check-in area at Mytilene airport is quite small, so the handlers were keen to take our passengers off for loading as soon as possible

A change at Athens, then by road from Paris to the UK

Dogs and couriers had a quick change of planes at Athens airport, then flew on to Paris Charles de Gaulle, where Courier M was waiting to meet us. We popped all the dogs into bedrooms in the van, packed away the travel boxes, and headed for the Eurotunnel.

Changing planes at Athens

Changing planes at Athens

Lola and Lulu in their bedroom in our van, wagging their tails and curious about everything

Lola and Lulu in their bedroom in our van, wagging their tails and curious about everything

Meg was relieved to lie down in a comfy bed and snooze her way across the Channel!

Meg was relieved to lie down in a comfy bed and snooze her way across the Channel!

Safe arrival of the Manchester contingent, on a beautiful sunny day — happy waggy-tailed dogs!

Safe arrival of the Manchester contingent, on a beautiful sunny day — happy waggy-tailed dogs!

Breaking news

Teddy (Starlight Barking) has already found his forever home — courier Richard fell in love with him during the trip, and promptly adopted him!

By | 2017-06-05T11:18:43+00:00 Thursday, June 1, 2017|animal rescue, looking for a forever home, pet air travel|15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner June 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I wish all pups a fabulous new life in the UK….. maybe with fish&chips?
    I think the insect is an oriental hornet ;o)

    • Animalcouriers June 2, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful! Mmm, perhaps a good thing it wasn’t stepped on 😉

  2. GP Cox June 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Did the migrants at the castle have to be such slobs? Animals are cleaner than that – maybe that’s why I like them better!!

    • Animalcouriers June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am - Reply

      It is sad to see the mess but often they have little notice of moves and are carrying all their earthly goods with them. It is all too true that you never get animals trashing a joint, unless there’s a particularly tempting feather cushion!

  3. Jovina Coughlin June 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    This is quite a trip with so many lovely passengers.

    • Animalcouriers June 2, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

      They are all lovely and would make great additions to any family!

  4. Sheila Morris June 1, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    A miraculous trip and such an amazing undertaking by wonderful people for the love of our dogs that give us so much happiness. This is why I could never be a courier – I would want to keep everyone for myself.
    Bless you all and safe travels.

    • Animalcouriers June 2, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Well, as courier Richard ended up adopting one of the dogs, it seems we’re falling for your approach now too 😀

  5. onespoiledcat June 2, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    WOW….what an adventure and how absolutely wonderful that Courier Richard adopted one of the gang! I hope they all have forever homes soon.

    Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers June 2, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Isn’t it a lovely story! They have a great team behind them and there’s hope for success all round.

  6. Clowie June 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I hope they all get homes soon.

    I think you have a candidate for the longest tongue contest!

    • Animalcouriers June 5, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

      Starting out the right way with Teddy! We completely missed that tongue — can’t imagine how we managed that 😀

  7. angelswhisper2011 June 5, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I think it’s a hornet, that meat-loving-insect 😀 Pawsome pictures of everything, Annie and that breaking news touched our hearts <3 Pawkisses for a Great Day to all of you 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers June 5, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Very relieved courier J didn’t stand on it! Love at first sight 😀

  8. Lavinia Ross June 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I would agree, probably a hornet or a wasp for your unidentified insect.

    So good these animal groups exists to help get these strays adopted. All beautiful passengers!

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