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A round-up of recent road trip news from Animalcouriers

Couriers J and M recently transported tabby cat Poppy and a family of five dogs to their new French homes; and returned to the UK with a young Labrador. Meanwhile, courier Richard took two Cocker Spaniels to France, and made the trip back with two cats on board.

Poppy

Jeremy and Hilary are moving to a new home in the Dordogne region of France. Hilary went on ahead to get everything ready for character cat Poppy’s arrival.

recent road trip: Gorgeous tabby puss Poppy

Gorgeous tabby puss Poppy

Alfred, Bingo, Dinga, Marvin and Raja

Stephanie, Lloyd and their daughter flew into London Gatwick airport from Antigua, along with their five dogs. Dachshund/Basset cross Alfred has been with them since they left the UK. They’ve moved around a fair bit since then, including stints in Dubai, Kuwait (where they took Lurcher Marvin off the streets), and most recently, Antigua. Now they’re settling in France, near Toulouse.

While in Antigua they adopted siblings Bingo and Dinga. And at the last minute, Raja, who they couldn’t face leaving behind.

Courier Richard collected the dogs at the airport and took them to kennels for an overnight stay. Couriers J and M picked them up the next day and drove them to their new French home.

In a feat of extreme coordination, we arrived at the Toulouse address just 15 minutes after the human family! There was much excitement on being reunited, and the dogs soon took off to explore their two acres of enclosed garden.

Raja and Bingo on arrival at their overnight kennels, along with…

Raja and Bingo on arrival at their overnight kennels, along with…

…Alfred…

…Alfred…

…and Marvin and Dinga

…and Marvin and Dinga

recent road trip: Alfred not at all sure about walking in the rain

Alfred not at all sure about walking in the rain

Bingo also not sure he wants to get his paws wet

Bingo also not sure he wants to get his paws wet

Marvin doesn't seem to mind so much about the damp

Marvin doesn’t seem to mind so much about the damp

Steph greeting a very excited Raja and Alfred

Steph greeting a very excited Raja and Alfred

Big hugs for Raja

Big hugs for Raja

Bending down to cuddle little Alfred

Bending down to cuddle little Alfred

Sunflowers as far as the eye can see

Sunflowers as far as the eye can see

Filou

Petit Filou, a handsome young Labrador who belongs to Michaela and family, travelled with us from Cagnes sur Mer to the UK for a puppy training course. We look forward to seeing how this sweet and bouncy chap develops, as we’ll have the pleasure of bringing him back after the course.

A big hug goodbye for Filou

A big hug goodbye for Filou

Filou in his bedroom, with his neatly labelled travel gear

Filou in his bedroom, with his neatly labelled travel gear

Filou enjoyed a good romp around in the doggy play park when we stopped at the Montelimar aire for nougat (natch) and melons

Filou enjoyed a good romp around in the doggy play park when we stopped at the Montelimar aire for nougat (natch) and melons

Boo and Minnie

This impeccably behaved pair of Cocker Spaniels, who belong to Joanne and Robert, travelled with courier Richard from a delightful village in Surrey to a drop-dead gorgeous location above Cannes for the summer. The two girls sat calmly in their bedroom when it was time for a walk, and only hopped out once their leads were clipped on. Out and about, they were both terrifically busy, displaying the sensitive noses for which Cockers are renowned.

From leafy Surrey…

From leafy Surrey…

…to the sunny south of France — Boo and Minnie reunited with their family

…to the sunny south of France — Boo and Minnie reunited with their family

Stella

From Cannes it was straight over to Geneva to collect lovely tabby puss Stella. She and owner Lynn are relocating to Anglesey, swapping the Alps for Snowdonia.

Lynn delivering Stella for the trip

Lynn delivering Stella for the trip

Stella happily settled in for the trip

Stella happily settled in for the trip

Nostradamus

Our tiniest passenger has the most portentous name: Nostradamus, a Singapura kitten. Blissfully unaware of the connotations of his name, he took the journey very philosophically. Collected in Ardennes in northern France, he travelled with us to London. Our prediction is that new owner Barry will have a delightful time with this little cutie.

A goodbye hug for Nostradamus

A goodbye hug for Nostradamus

It took about 12 attempts to get a photo of this animated fellow sitting still!

It took about 12 attempts to get a photo of this animated fellow sitting still!

Spotted at the Aire des Ardennes, where the locals loom large and the sausages are plentiful

Spotted at the Aire des Ardennes, where the locals loom large and the sausages are plentiful

By | 2017-07-17T12:05:43+00:00 Monday, July 17, 2017|pet air travel, pet transport, pets on holiday|29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Clowie July 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Poppy looks quite a lot like our Pippin!

  2. Jovina Coughlin July 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos wonderful smiles and a very large boar.

  3. Timothy Price July 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I love those sunflowers with the purple haze in the background. It’s always nice to see all the happy pets and people.

    • Animalcouriers July 18, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

      We’re absolute suckers when it comes to sunflowers. The van has to be stopped and the scene snapped.

  4. CarolMaeWY July 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Wonderful travel stories. Poppy looks like my Angel Buddy, but with green eyes. Waiting to hear how Filou does too.

    • Animalcouriers July 18, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Buddy must have been the most gorgeous thing! Filou certainly has the gear and took to travelling rather well.

  5. Sheila Morris July 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Fabulous stories and pictures as always – Raja looks exactly like our Spike…handsome devil.
    So sorry about Andy – and very surprised. What’s going on with him?
    There was joy in our household again yesterday for Pretty when Roger won!!
    Garbine is awesome right now.

    • Animalcouriers July 18, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Yes, Raja is a handsome devil, just like Spike! Mmm, poor old Andy, hope he sorts that hip out well before taking to the fray again. Roger is unbelievable 😀

  6. Lavinia Ross July 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Poppy is a handsome kitty and equally handsome Nostradamus looks like a very active fellow, much like our Abby the Abyssinian. And all such sweet dogs!

    Love the field of sunflowers and the giant boar! You see some unusual sights and beautiful places on your travels.

    • Animalcouriers July 18, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      We wish we could have got a better shot of Nostradamus but he was a constant whirl of motion. We do try to show some of the fun things we see along the way if it’s possible to stop.

  7. Lavinia Ross July 17, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    An I love that little Stella, too! A beautiful tabby girl.

  8. Curt Mekemson July 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    As always, a fun combination of animals, people and scenery, AC. I decided that Marvin is my kind of dog. It’s okay to get your paws muddy! And I love the sunflower photo. Beautiful! –Curt

  9. GP Cox July 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Great job!!

  10. tootlepedal July 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Sensational sunflowers and handsome cargoes.

  11. angelswhisper2011 July 18, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Nostradamus was always busy, so I think he honours his name…MOL 😀 Lovely bunch of passengers again, Annie. Pawkisses for a Sunshiny Day 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers July 18, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Little B! Nostradamus will no doubt continue to live up to his name for some time to come 😀

  12. becomingcliche July 19, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I am always surprised by European dogs with docked tails. The docked ones are going out of fashion with some breeds here.

    • Animalcouriers July 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      It’s mostly illegal to crop tails in Europe unless they’re working dogs. Very surprising when you see it.

  13. easyweimaraner July 19, 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I’m with Alfred… walking in the rain is questionable ;o) the mama loved the special travel equipment of Filou… I think within 5 minutes she will start to bug my dad for my special suitcase too… wanna bet?

    • Animalcouriers July 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      We have to agree that walking in the rain is overrated but sometimes there’s no way around it 😉 Watch out Phenny, you’ll have matching bowl, lead, coat and boots, all with your name on 😀

  14. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy July 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I love Alfred – he’s like a stubby little version of Choppy!

  15. Mary Busby July 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Hoping to hear news of Lucia soon

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