On the latest trip down through the UK: Doberman puppy travelling from Motherwell in Scotland to Suffolk Maine Coon kitten who is leaving snowy Cumbria for London stripy kitten heading from Halifax to London I have seen a lot of snow on this trip, and was even stranded in Inverness one night as snow had closed the A9 — I had to divert down the west coast via Loch Ness and Dumbarton!
I've just delivered three lovely cats to an adventurous couple who've moved from Sussex to a remote cottage at the seaward end of Loch Torridon on the Scottish west coast. It was quite a drive but well worth it for the stunning views and beautiful scenery. A very pleasant change from motorway driving. All I have to do now is find a place to stop for the night before the snow sets in.
Iggy is a retired police dog, who is on his way from Kent to a new home near Edinburgh. We stopped in the Carlisle area for a walk, but he didn't seem very impressed with the snow and was more than keen to get back in the van — as was I!
As you can see, Jodie is a Golden Retriever, the very best of breeds. A very pretty girl, she is a joy to be with. I must confess I am possibly biased, as I happen to own the world's most gorgeous Golden Retriever. As befits such a lovely dog, she has an impressive bodyguard in Zubin. In fact, he's a total pussy cat, but we won't tell anyone. This devoted pair are travelling with us from France to Wiltshire. I only wish we had them for longer.
Here are Julian and Tom showing us what control they have of their dogs! We tried hard to get simultaneous smiles from everyone — this one isn't bad. The dogs are Rufus (the grumpy one), Chocy (the chocolate one) and Charly (the poodle). They are now all aboard and heading to our vet's for the parasite treatment that's required for the UK. Must be hard to heave the beautiful town of Monesties.
Apache is from the Vichy area of France. He has just started the long journey to French Polynesia. We collected him from France and he travelled in our quarantine van to quarantine kennels at Airpets. At the end of the quarantine period he will travel to Papeete via Paris. Clare and her colleagues at Airpets who are taking care of Apache say he is just gorgeous — friendly and totally loveable!
Max joined us at Sitges in Spain. He's on his way home to the UK to his owner, Julian. Luisa and her husband have been looking after Max while he waited for his pet passport to be ready. Such a farewell from Luisa who was very upset to see Max go...
Toggle the Portuguese dog had a morning walk among the almond groves in Spain's Jalon valley. He still seems determined to wrap me around every post or tree we come to...
These four dogs joined the bus this afternoon in Spain. They are off to live in Portsmouth where the family will join them later on.
Toggle is a young Podenko-type dog from Portugal. He is quite the "country bumpkin come up to the big city" — not surprising as he's been living in the rural idyll of the Albufeira area of Portugal. He hasn't yet worked out that when you're on a lead you walk in a straight line and go round the same side of trees and lamp posts as your handler! He is also still not sure what to make of motorbikes, cars and trucks. But he's such a lovely calm and gentle dog, it's well worth the effort involved in helping him [...]