Pilgrim's walk

on the road with Animalcouriers

Back to the UK from Portugal with 15 passengers

On our journey back to the UK from Portugal, our passenger list comprised two dogs and 13 cats.

Brett

English Bulldog Brett was bred by José in Lisbon. Ernie in Norfolk was due to receive Brett some time ago. However, the person transporting Brett took a fancy to him and decided he wanted to keep him. A year and a court case later, Brett is finally on his way to Ernie — this time travelling with Animalcouriers!

from Portugal : Brett saying goodbye to José

Brett saying goodbye to José

Brett making an early bid for 'longest tongue'

Brett making an early bid for ‘longest tongue’

We stayed the night near Lisbon in a hotel we found at the top of a hill, which turned out to be on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims' route.

We stayed the night near Lisbon in a hotel we found at the top of a hill, which turned out to be on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims’ route.

The late C15 Santiago church, where pilgrims would stop for a rest after climbing that hill

The late C15 Santiago church, where pilgrims would stop for a rest after climbing that hill

from Portugal : Housemartins (we think) nesting in the beams

Housemartins (we think) nesting in the beams

Courier M collects wine bottle corks. So he was very excited to come across this huge pile of 'raw' cork, harvested from some of the many cork trees that grow in Portugal.

Courier M collects wine bottle corks. So he was very excited to come across this huge pile of ‘raw’ cork, harvested from some of the many cork trees that grow in Portugal.

Closer to, the patterns made by the stacked cork are quite mesmerising

Closer to, the patterns made by the stacked cork are quite mesmerising

At Casa Antigua

We called in on Mel and Sue at Casa Antigua Kennels and Cattery near Javea, to collect Jess, a water dog, and eight cats.

Jesse, a Portuguese Water Dog, belongs to Geoffrey. Jesse is travelling with us to rejoin Geoffrey in Yorkshire.

Jesse, a Portuguese Water Dog, belongs to Geoffrey. Jesse is travelling with us to rejoin Geoffrey in Yorkshire.

Here he is having a wonderful romp and sniff on the beach

This is Santiago, a rescue cat from Ibiza, whose journey to the UK has been sponsored by Care4Cats

This is Santiago, a rescue cat from Ibiza, whose journey to the UK has been sponsored by Care4Cats

The other seven cats we collected belong to Paul, who has relocated from Denia to Norfolk. Fortunately, Paul included a photo of each cat in its pet passport, so we soon got to know exactly who was who out of this bunch of super furries.

Here's Mel with the first of the cats

Here’s Mel with the first of the cats

Clarence

Clarence

Arnau

Arnau

Eidi

Eidi

Isla

Isla

Fermin

Fermin

Phoebe

Phoebe

Lola

Lola

Tic and Tux

This fine feline duo belong to John. We collected them on the Algarve, and reunited them with John in Barcelona.

Jet-black Tic

Jet-black Tic

John pleased to have Tux (on the left — you can just see his tuxedo front!) and Tic back

John pleased to have Tux (on the left — you can just see his tuxedo front!) and Tic back

Fluffy, Dora and Leo

We collected a trio of tabby cats from Peter in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines. The whole family is relocating to Manchester.

Peter introducing us to his cats

Peter introducing us to his cats

Gorgeous Fluffy

Gorgeous Fluffy

Darling Dora

Darling Dora

Handsome Leo

Handsome Leo

By | 2017-06-23T14:01:18+00:00 Friday, June 23, 2017|pet transport, pet travel by road|23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner June 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    oh I bet that is a cousin of Doggie… and I love Brett… sadly this fabulous pups became rare during the last years ;o) btw: your post is the title of a song by Scooter LOL

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

      We thought of Doggie immediately. Yes, you don’t see many Bretts these days, and Brett’s owner very nearly didn’t see him 😉

  2. Clowie June 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    They all look lovely! That must have been a worrying time for Brett’s people.

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

      It must have been a very strange time for everyone! So glad it was sorted in the end.

  3. Sheila Morris June 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Seeing Jesse has inspired me to inquire about how President and Mrs. Obama’s dogs are doing away from the White House!!
    Did the couriers have any trouble with the fires in Portugal??

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Bet they’re finding life after the White House a little more relaxing! Luckily couriers J&M had been through that area two days beforehand…

  4. Jovina Coughlin June 23, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    You do such fine and caring work.

  5. CarolMaeWY June 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    So happy the cats and dogs have a good courier on their trip.

  6. tootlepedal June 23, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Excellent landscape from the hotel site.

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

      It was a long, hot walk for the pilgrims, but very beautiful.

  7. Boomdeeadda June 24, 2017 at 6:22 am - Reply

    So many guests going here there and everywhere. I hope Santiago is going to have a new home in the UK, poor thing. Thank you for providing caring passage for him.

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Santiago has gone to a forever home, the dear think will be much happier and his eyes will hopefully heal much quicker that way.

  8. Lavinia Ross June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    All beautiful passenger! Good to see little Santiago was rescued and is now headed for a better situation. Hope he finds a good, loving home!

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Santiago is going to a fine home and will get the tlc he needs to be fully fit. Lucky fellow!

  9. angelswhisper2011 June 27, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    They are all so cute, Annie and Santiago is melting my heart. Good Luck Pawkisses to find a furrever home soon <3 <3 <3

    • Animalcouriers June 28, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      He is a heartbreaker, Little B! He’s got a home and will soon be 100% fit and happy 😀

  10. Sand Spring Chesapeakes July 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    some really beautiful pictures of scenery and animals.

  11. Abhilash PS September 12, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    So lovely to see these cute pets. I love pets, have a dog & cat.
    Thank You

  12. Binosh November 17, 2017 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Great work, good caring. I love Dora, that green eyes are so beautiful.

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