Animals

To and from Italy with cats and dogs

While couriers J and M continue their journey collecting pets in Italy and Greece, courier Richard made a shorter trip to and from Italy with cats and dogs. Beagles Ollie and Maggie, cat Tito, and dog-and-cat family Margaux, Gaspare and Baguette travelled out; while Wess and Dylan hopped on board for the return trip. Ollie and Maggie It was an early Monday morning start, but worth it to meet the Queen Mary 2 as she docked at Southampton. Among the VIPs on board were Ollie and Maggie, two of the sweetest Beagles you could meet. Their journey had started in [...]

By | 2017-05-27T18:47:16+00:00 Saturday, May 27, 2017|pet transport|7 Comments

Leaving the UK with five dogs and four cats

Couriers J and M set off from the UK with five dogs and four cats on board who are joining their families in France and Italy. Tess and Sausage Basset Hound Tess and Sausage the Spaniel belong to Steve and his family, who've moved to Clermont l'Herault in the Languedoc region of France. We collected the dogs from Rita in Dorset, who took care of them for a few days while the family went on ahead to roll out the red carpet. What a great pair of characters these two are Rita told us she would miss [...]

By | 2017-05-24T14:40:33+00:00 Wednesday, May 24, 2017|pet transport, pet travel by road|24 Comments

Transporting cats from France to the UK

Courier Richard recently made a couple of trips transporting cats from France to the UK. Grizzly Grizzly (so named because as a kitten he looked like a little bear) and his family have swapped Marseille for London. Owners Jane and Ian had to leave Marseille before Grizzly could travel, so they asked their neighbour Eric to take care of him. But Grizzly must have heard we were on our way, because he disappeared! Jane flew to Marseille in the hope of luring him back, but there was no sign of him. So our courier left empty handed. Fortunately, the second attempt [...]

By | 2017-05-23T17:31:29+00:00 Tuesday, May 23, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport|20 Comments

Roundup of news about recent passengers: Castor, Jim, Haricot, Rubble, Tara and Rocco

We have a few snippets of news about some recent passengers from our last trip round southern Europe. And just before couriers M and J set off on that trip, courier Richard did a quick channel hop to France to meet a young fellow called Castor. Castor It was a sunny Saturday in April when courier Richard popped over to the heart of Paris to collect Castor, a two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel‎. Castor, who belongs to Matthew, was a model passenger, jumping happily out of his bedroom for a walk, then hopping straight back in and snoozing his way up [...]

Heading to the UK with five dogs from Spain

On board as we head towards the UK are five dogs from Spain. They're a great bunch of playful, friendly characters who all love their walks. Rocco In the port town of Tarifa — a mecca for sand surfers — we met up with Franciska, who arrived the night before from Morocco with lovely little Rocco, who she rescued from the streets. Franciska was working in Morocco when she found herself adopted by Rocco, and couldn't leave her behind. It's quite complicated transporting dogs from Morocco, and they'd had to wait a while for Rocco's travel documents to come through. [...]

By | 2017-05-08T09:28:48+00:00 Saturday, May 6, 2017|pet travel by road|18 Comments

Meeting more UK-bound pets as we travel through Italy

With all our Greek passengers safely on board, we caught the ferry across to Italy to start our journey back to the UK. During the crossing, we were able to park our van in a nice open spot with plenty of ventilation to keep everyone cool Stella Our first stop was at Sabrina's dog hotel in Brindisi to collect Patrizia's dog Stella, who's on her way to Wokingham. The hotel is a lovely place for dogs to stay, with shady compounds, and secure bedrooms. Everything is well designed to keep the dogs comfortable during hot summers (when it [...]

By | 2017-03-31T11:50:00+00:00 Friday, March 31, 2017|animal transportation, pet transport|26 Comments

On the road from the UK to Greece and back

Couriers J and M recently worked with couriers Mike and Matthew to help 10 young rescue dogs and puppies travel from Greece to the UK. Their route was a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle, accompanied by couriers Mike and Matthew, who then took them the rest of the way by road. Since those dogs took to the air, couriers J and M haven't been idle. They've been travelling back to the UK with a van full of passengers relocating or moving back from Greece to the UK. But first things first. On their way out to Greece, couriers J [...]

By | 2017-03-29T10:30:09+00:00 Wednesday, March 29, 2017|pet transport, pet travel by road|18 Comments

Meeting Pastis, Daisy, Roxy and Benzema — our passengers from Lyon

You may remember that as we headed towards the UK on our last trip, our van developed a problem with the clutch. So we stopped in the southern French town of Narbonne and left the van for repair at the local Mercedes garage. Meanwhile, Courier Joe drove down from the UK to meet us in another of our vans, so that we could continue our journey. Mercedes sorted the problem out within a few days, and courier Richard flew out to pick up the van and collect UK-bound pets in France. Pastis Courier Richard headed from Narbonne to Lyon, to [...]

Season’s greetings from Animalcouriers

It's been another wonderful year of reuniting pets and people, both on the road and in the air. We've made lots of new friends, and have enjoyed meeting up with familiar faces. We continue to be impressed by the work done by so many animal charities and shelters, taking care of stray and unwanted animals, and finding new homes for so many lucky pups and kits. On our latest European road trip, which took us to France, Spain and Portugal and back, we saw some marvellous Christmas scenes and decorations. Here's a selection… A festive scene in La Cala [...]

By | 2016-12-24T17:00:18+00:00 Saturday, December 24, 2016|pet transport, things we have seen|31 Comments

Meet our UK-bound passengers from Greece and Italy

In addition to Wilson and Derek from the island of Lesvos, a marvellous cast of characters from mainland Greece and Italy are travelling with us to the UK. Buck Handsome hound Buck is on his way from Athens to Twickenham, where he'll rejoin his owners Chris and Nancy. Lively Buck challenging his uncle George's dog-wrangling skills Vasilis and Charlaos Cute Vasilis and his feline friend Charlaos belong to Nefeli and Christos, who've moved to Edinburgh for work. Nefeli's cousin brought Vasilis and Charlaos to join the trip Fine tabby Charlaos quickly settled in for the [...]

By | 2016-11-30T08:39:20+00:00 Wednesday, November 30, 2016|pet transport, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|18 Comments
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