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Airlifting pets from Greece: 9 dogs and a cat

During the heat of the summer, we’re airlifting pets from Greece to the UK, flying from Athens to Paris or Brussels. Then it’s a short hop across the Channel in our air-conditioned vans to be reunited with their families in the UK.

Meet the delightful passengers who flew with us on our most recent trip.

Here's clever Nelson, who attached himself to Joanne when she went on holiday to Lesvos. He's on his way to a new life with her in Ipswich

Here’s clever Nelson, who attached himself to Joanne when she went on holiday to Lesvos. He’s on his way to a new life with her in Ipswich

Nelson snoozing

Nelson snoozing

Adorable Anetsis getting hugs and kisses from Rachel before going home to Hampshire

Adorable Anetsis getting hugs and kisses from Rachel before going home to Hampshire

Akis (L) with a colleague. Akis helps us every time we're in Greece, with his dependable pet taxi service.

Akis (L) with a colleague. Akis helps us every time we’re in Greece, with his dependable pet taxi service.

Gorgeous Anaestas has been adopted by Rachel, who is waiting eagerly for Anaestas to reach the UK. It was an emotional farewell for her foster mum, who brought her to the airport to catch the flight.

Gorgeous Anaestas has been adopted by Rachel, who is waiting eagerly for Anaestas to reach the UK. It was an emotional farewell for her foster mum, who brought her to the airport to catch the flight.

Spike, a Jack Russell Terrier type of dog, belongs to David. They're relocating to the UK. Spike seemed to enjoy the whole business of travelling, especially all the attention he got from everyone!

Spike, a Jack Russell Terrier type of dog, belongs to David. They’re relocating to the UK. Spike seemed to enjoy the whole business of travelling, especially all the attention he got from everyone!

Another Jack Russell type, this is Georgie, a Wild at Heart dog from Lesvos. He's on his way to Zoe in north London, who's looking forward to long walks with him on Hampstead Heath.

Another Jack Russell type, this is Georgie, a Wild at Heart dog from Lesvos. He’s on his way to Zoe in north London, who’s looking forward to long walks with him on Hampstead Heath.

Romeo lives up to his name — he's quite the romantic, wagging his tail fetchingly at anyone who cared to chat with him while we queued

Romeo lives up to his name — he’s quite the romantic, wagging his tail fetchingly at anyone who cared to chat with him while we queued

Romeo was brought to the airport by Maria, a friend of Romeo's owners Ionna and Ele

Romeo was brought to the airport by Maria, a friend of Romeo’s owners Ionna and Ele

So many of the dogs who travel from Greece are calm and placid. There must be something in the water! Here are Max and Mindy from Lesvos, a pair of Wild at Heart dogs, on their way to JoJo in London.

So many of the dogs who travel from Greece are calm and placid. There must be something in the water! Here are Max and Mindy from Lesvos, a pair of Wild at Heart dogs, on their way to JoJo in London.

Gorgeous Mindy, a sleepy ball of fluff

Gorgeous Mindy, a sleepy ball of fluff

The only cat on our trip — goes by the rather wonderful name of Greek Nose. Rather shy, she's travelling to Cardiff to rejoin owner Nici.

The only cat on our trip — goes by the rather wonderful name of Greek Nose. Rather shy, she’s travelling to Cardiff to rejoin owner Nici.

Hector was a last-minute addition to the trip. He belongs to Lee and her daughter, who will be following on shortly.

Hector was a last-minute addition to the trip. He belongs to Lee and her daughter, who will be following on shortly.

Handsome Hector, who's on his way to Hereford

Handsome Hector, who’s on his way to Hereford

Checking in at Athens airport was a low-key, uneventful experience

Checking in at Athens airport was a low-key, uneventful experience

Plenty of time for some final goodbyes

Plenty of time for some final goodbyes

We landed safely in Brussels after a 3.5 hour flight, with everyone in good form. We stayed the night near the airport, then motored to Calais the next morning to cross the Channel to the UK.

We landed safely in Brussels after a 3.5 hour flight, with everyone in good form. We stayed the night near the airport, then motored to Calais the next morning to cross the Channel to the UK.

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By | 2017-08-10T09:29:12+00:00 Wednesday, August 9, 2017|pet air travel|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Timothy Price August 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Dog days of August!

  2. easyweimaraner August 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I wish all flying dogs and cats a safe trip… and I hope for fabulous reunion pawties in the UK… even when it rains dogs&cats… oh wait a minute… thaere is areason for that saying right?

    • Animalcouriers August 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Oh, they all had very wonderful reunion parties — so far we haven’t seen any dogs & cats raining from the skies but an awful lot of the wet stuff 😉

  3. Clowie August 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    They’re all gorgeous!

  4. Jovina Coughlin August 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Oh how exciting – we are flying!

  5. tootlepedal August 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Very sensible to fly in these conditions.

    • Animalcouriers August 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Any ferry delays can be hard to cope with in the summer heat.

  6. CarolMaeWY August 9, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    They are adorable. Safe trip all.

  7. onespoiledcat August 10, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    What adventures these animals go through to either get to their first REAL home, or back to the arms of their loving families in a new home. Bless you all for helping make that happen!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers August 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pam and Teddy — they seem to take it all in their stride!

  8. angelswhisper2011 August 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Only one cat, Annie? No wonder why Greek nose is shy 😀 Glad to hear that the fly was sound and safe and that they all have found a furrever home. Good Luck Pawkisses to all of them and to you too 🙂 <3

  9. Lavinia Ross August 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    They are all adorable passengers. <3

    Your calm and steady passengers from Greece all know they are going to good homes. 🙂

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