When Mick and his family relocated to Christchurch, New Zealand, they left Mick's mum Val to prepare their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ralph, for his journey to join them. Val didn't realise what a challenging task she'd taken on. New Zealand has very strict import requirements, which became even tighter from 1 January this year. Dogs and cats travelling to NZ from the UK now need to have a rabies vaccination at least six months before travel, followed by a rabies test at least three months before travel. So to avoid Ralph having to wait even longer before being reunited with his [...]
When we took Beana, one of the Lapphund half-sisters we have on board, out for her walk this morning, she was very interested in everything that was going on around her. At one point she even looked ready to jump off a wall! We managed to persuade her otherwise…
The colourful sculpture sits just outside the church opposite our B&B in Seevetal.
We've stayed at some wonderful B&Bs on the trip, and Meyers Hotel Garni is one of them. It comes well within the 'fabulous' rating standard used by Booking.com. We arrived to find our landlady watching out for us, making sure there was a space for us in the car park and a dinner booking at Rossini's next door. Just what Animalcouriers needed. As was the delicious breakfast this morning: fresh, home-cooked food, cereals, fish, meats and cake. We will be back! All the B&Bs on the trip have come in at under 75 euros for two people including excellent breakfasts. We're finding [...]
This has been a trip of new experiences for Animalcouriers. Some we will be pleased to repeat, others we'll try to avoid in future. One that we'll be very happy to repeat is dining at Rossini's, a friendly Italian restaurant in Seevetal, a suburb of Hamburg. Next door to our B&B, and opposite a pretty church, it's where we enjoyed our first evening meal in several days that wasn't fast food. It felt like luxury to sit down at a pretty table and choose scrumptious food and wine from a proper menu. All the staff are real characters, playing their part [...]
This morning after breakfast, Cupido was very interested in all the comings and goings as we walked the dogs and cleaned out the cat litter trays.
We found a lovely vet on the outskirts of Hamburg, where we could get the dogs' worming treatment done that forms part of the pet passport requirements. Aikos behaved like a great big baby, and leapt straight onto courier M's lap. Does he know something about vets that we don't?
Here's Ziitu, one of the Lapphund puppies we have on board, after her morning walk today.
We collected this pretty cat called Mina in Hamburg. She's on her way to rejoin her owner, Manuele, in Bristol.
We collected Martha the cat in Berlin. She belongs to Julia, who lives in Reading, and Oscar has been taking care of Martha until she could travel. Fortunately the pick-up went smoothly, as Oscar had dropped his laptop and we couldn't contact him! When Martha joined us we said all the usual hellos and welcomes. Since when, we've barely seen her. We know she's there, as her food disappears, but she's a shy girl and prefers to spend her time hiding under the favourite pillow she brought with her.