Animalcouriers set off with pets travelling from the UK to Spain and Portugal. Alongside our canine passengers, we have a budgerigar and a bearded dragon.
Myriam and family are moving from London to Barcelona. Their new home in Barcelona needs a lot of work doing when they get there. So while that’s all going on, they thought it would be more relaxing for their beloved pug Stitch to stay with his grandmother, Angèle, in Saint Cyprien.
Rod and his friends booked a holiday to Sitges, just outside Barcelona, but felt it wouldn’t be complete unless delightful Doberman Lily could join them. She’s travelling down with us by road, and we have arranged for her to fly home via Monarch, so that everyone can travel back together.
Temo, Pisicuta and Zdrui
This charming trio of Chihuahuas belong to Nicoletta. Having moved from Romania to Dublin, Nicoletta and family found it too cold and wet. In search of wall-to-wall sunshine, they’ve relocated to Sitges.
Handsome Cocker Spaniel Oscar belongs to Liliana, who adopted him in Portugal. When she moved to London, she asked us to transport Oscar for her. Now Liliana is returning to Portugal, and Oscar’s making the return trip with us.
Cute mixed-race Alex belongs to Ana, who’s been living and working in London. Now she’s on her way back to Portugal, and asked us to transport Alex for her.
Stopping for an aircon check
Hot winds and a very hot weather front from Africa made for unusually high temperatures in Spain — above 40C around Zaragoza. So we decided to stop off and have the air conditioning in our van checked over. We found ourselves at a friendly and helpful garage in Burgos, specialising in aircon, who inspected the compressor and regassed the system.
We have an internal system that monitors the temperature throughout the van, so we know that the pets have been in an average of 22C the whole trip. When we stop for the night, we can get cool night air flowing through the van using roof fans that work off ancillary batteries.
We knew there would be a potential time lag before we could get back on the road, but didn’t want to deliver Alex and Oscar late. So we asked our colleagues at Automascotas to take both dogs on to their owners. That meant that when we got back on the road the next day, we could more easily keep to the rest of our schedule.
Guy and Betty
Emma has moved to La Linea with her boyfriend, who’s started a job there with William Hill. We move quite a few pets for William Hill employees, and Emma’s two — budgerigar Guy and Bearded Dragon Betty — were model passengers.