As the hatches were battened down, and lots of shouting went on, we felt sure we were finally on our way. Not bad, only two hours late!
Margaret from KAR is very innovative. All the dogs travelling with Animalcouriers have natty bits of coloured hosepipe threaded onto their collars, with their names on in large letters. Makes it so much easier to identify them all!
All the dogs Animalcouriers transports are special in their own way, but Tammi is special for a very particular reason. Julie chose her from KAR to be as a mascot dedicated to a soldier who has served or is serving in Afghanistan. So Tammi will be working for the Help for Heroes campaign. KAR tell us there may be more dogs coming from North Cyprus to join the campaign.
Chief's owners adopted him while living in North Cyprus. When a change of plan took them to Indonesia, they knew they couldn't take Chief with them. Instead, he's off to live with their son in the UK. In the three months leading up to his journey to the UK, Chief has been looked after by Sue. She says: "You hardly know you've got him until he starts tap dancing or chasing the cats in the garden!"
At the port we met up with KAR to get all the dogs into the Animalcouriers van. Hasan and Bugra were joined by another very nice and smiley customs official for the van inspection.
We met with Hasan, our very nice customs official, and his good-looking grandson Bugra, to go through the paperwork. Nothing could start until we had a cup of Turkish chai, as no Turkish gentleman does business without some sustenance to see him through. So we waited for a nice young man to bring chai from the café across the port. Then we all settled down to stamping and signatures — we thought the French were keen, but these chaps were really something! Everyone was kind and patient and we found it a very warm and friendly experience. [...]