These three handsome hounds are moving to Northern Cyprus with their owners Ian and Michelle.

We took Bruno, Issy and Sam, along with Labradoodle Buddy and black Lab Winston, to the Waterdene veterinary surgery in Caterham, Surrey, to get the mounds of paperwork required for them to enter Northern Cyprus sorted by the efficient Mr Dibble. The dogs also had their internal parasite treatment and boosters against parvo virus and other nasty ailments.

Unfortunately, after we’d checked in at Eurotunnel we received a call to say that Buddy’s blood test report — an essential requirement for entering Northern Cyprus — hadn’t reached the laboratory. After much deliberation we agreed that it was too much of a risk for Buddy to travel all the way to Turkey only to be turned back. So we decided to ask Buddy’s carer Heather to collect him from us in Calais and take him back to the UK.

Pointer Sam having his microchip read

Pointer Sam having his microchip read

Bruno having his health check and wondering where the promised treats are

Bruno having his health check and wondering where the promised treats are

Ah, here they come the treats now, thinks Bruno, as he waits for his worming tablet

Ah, here they come the treats now, thinks Bruno, as he waits for his worming tablet

Courier J2 with Izzy, who's watching Bruno to see what's coming next

Courier J2 with Izzy, who’s watching Bruno to see what’s coming next

Mr Dibble is known for his thoroughness — here he is talking things through with courier M

Mr Dibble is known for his thoroughness — here he is talking things through with courier M

It took two hours to wade through the papers, passports, microchip reading, tablet taking, stamping and signatures!

It took two hours to wade through the papers, passports, microchip reading, tablet taking, stamping and signatures!