This is Lulu contemplating an early morning swim. She is particularly particular about where she performs her toilet but I have a suspicion this may be a ruse to get longer walks. As she is such a sweet natured dog I think we can forgive her. This young lady will probably grow up to be a show champion and a cover girl. After all her name is Vogue! She already possesses an uncanny ability to pose for the camera and knows how to charm everyone. She is travelling from the south of France to her new and excited [...]
Togo is fine. He made it to the quarantine kennels in Glasgow in one piece and the staff there all say he's lovely. The quarantine kennels ask owners not to visit for the first week, to let new arrivals settle in. Peter and Jo can't wait to see him! Peter says: "Togo is Edinburgh's most expensive dog, but we don't regret anything: he's a lovely boy and we can't wait to get him home in January. It's such a relief to have a happy ending after all the heartache. What can I say but thanks (from all three of us), [...]
We would normally deliver door to door, but in Sailor Sam's case it was door to gangplank. Sam was reunited with joyous family at Benalmadena Port, before setting sail on his summer cruise. We look forward to hearing how his sea boots work out. The last time we delivered a dog to a boat, it was the QE2.
At his front gate, Flee and Mary discuss menus. Flee told her he really likes biscuits with his afternoon tea and by a stroke of luck, she had his favourite ones in her pocket. Brekkies early please, a few hours of painting, afternoon siesta, and then the cool evenings where he usually does his best work, before supper and bed. Checking out his new pad, Flee finds plenty of room for his easel and paints — and such wonderful views. An orange grove outside his front gate, and a leafy shady garden outside his front door! [...]
Flee enjoying the view. We found out quite by accident that Flee had been an artist when he lived in Holland. Landscape painting in particular! So you can imagine how he feels about some of the beautiful landscapes of Spain. Here he is enjoying sunset in the Almeria area, overlooking valleys and riverbeds.
Togo has been delayed! Much teeth-grinding and grrrs at Animalcouriers! The customs form needed to release him so that he can travel north was misplaced. L spent two hours chasing and cajoling, and finally a runner was sent from one part of Heathrow Airport to another, but too late to get Togo onto the last flight of the day. So he's all set for an early morning flight tomorrow. Said L to Peter and Jo when she reported progress to them: "You will be pleased to know Togo is a 'sweetie' according to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre staff, so [...]
Togo is at last on his way to the UK. Peter and Jo were beginning to think this day would never come... They had such bad luck, with everything imaginable going wrong. They met with every possible obstacle from bureaucracy to downright uncaring rudeness. As the days went by their energy was running out, as more doors kept closing on a solution. So we decided to see if an agent at a 'transit' point in the EU could help. Tracing the Lufthansa flight schedule from Casablanca to London via Frankfurt, a last chance emerged, with a voice saying, "We can [...]
A cross-looking Bella — we dug her up from her morning nap to take a picture of her for her Mummy!
This is TD, a frequent traveller. He is a delightful companion and impeccably behaved with very good manners. His only fault is being smug about cricket because we have discussed it. He thinks that the chances of England retaining the Ashes are somewhat laughable. He also gave a Scandinavian chap a very old-fashioned look — must've thought he was a Husky!
This is Sam, a flat-coated retriever who is off to Spain for a boating holiday. He is even equipped with special deck-gripping bootees. He will be in his element, as so far he has tried to drag me into a pond, an irrigation ditch and a car wash. He is clearly half fish!