Last night in Ancona, first delivery today, and Lakme’s antics

Last night in Ancona, first delivery today, and Lakme’s antics

We disembarked from the ferry at 11pm last night and headed straight for our favourite Locanda just behind Ancona, in the middle of the country. Called Locanda della Saline it has much to recommend it. Family run, there’s no menu, you’re simply served with a four-course dinner of the best locally grown, home-cooked food.

Aware that the dogs hadn’t really had a good leg stretch while on the boat, we did late-night walks in the dark, with crickets and fireflies for company. We finally turned in at about 1am, and by 6am the sun was up and so were we, enjoying the lovely surroundings while walking the dogs in the early-morning cool.

We’re now on our way to northern Italy, and expect to reach the UK on Saturday.

We delivered three of our feline passengers — Buffy, Billie and Barbara — in Pescara, leaving Rumy, Maja and Lakme to keep up the cat count. We do hope that Lakme’s new owners have plenty of energy and a sense of humour. She’s had us in hysterics, and her latest antic was to dismantle the spacer just inside the door of her compartment that’s designed to prevent a cat from tormenting a dog in the compartment underneath.

How did we find out? Well, we heard an unexpected noise, then a bark from Roxy, followed by Jasper barking from another compartment. So we quickly pulled over to check what was going on, and found Lakme had hopped down into Roxy’s compartment and was happily sitting next to Roxy! In all our 10 years of transporting pets nothing like this has never happened before. Needless to say, Lakme has now been ‘rehomed’ in a different compartment with a sturdy padlock on the outside!

Kiki with the Locanda in the background

Kiki with the Locanda in the background

Maria enjoys a sniff in the grass

Maria enjoys a sniff in the grass

The Locanda grows its own sunflowers

The Locanda grows its own sunflowers

Our first delivery — Buffy, Billie and Barbara from Turkey were collected in Pescara by David (in red) and his friend Steve

Our first delivery — Buffy, Billie and Barbara from Turkey were collected in Pescara by David (in red) and his friend Steve

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  1. Sounds like Lakme’s going to keep her owners on their toes!!

    • Animalcouriers June 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      That’s what we are thinking and her new parents have been in touch to hear all about the star performance!

      • Maria Liston June 21, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

        They are going to adore her, I hope. She’s a wonderful cat, but she is clever and agile, and very busy.

  2. Clowie June 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Lakme Houdini!

    • Animalcouriers June 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      We are hoping that our new locks might work – here’s to her Houdini impressions being over 😉

  3. Judy barringer June 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    That’s my girl. Fortunately, she is going to the right home, where she will get into all kinds of mischief–to the delight of her people.

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Just the attitude Lakme will approve of. Hope Batman and Robin know what’s about to land on their doorstep? How are the dear boys?

      • Judy June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

        They are well! We get regular, very detailed reports. They get on with the other cats and love their new home.

        • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

          That is great to hear. We’ll hopefully have a chance to catch up with them soon.

  4. LifeOfBun June 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Sneaky sneaky! Good that the other fluff guards reported on this grand escape. xD

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Think Roxy was rather bemused by what had landed in her cage 😉

  5. Gunta June 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Perhaps she just wanted some company?

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Might have been a good idea to ask Roxy first rather than abseil in like the SAS.

  6. Zena June 21, 2013 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I like Lakme – she sounds like she’s got character and knows what she wants!

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Oh, this girl is going to go places – we just hope they are places she should be 😉

  7. Maria Liston June 21, 2013 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Lakme is very clever. She figured out how to open the screens in my apartment. I learned this when she jumped down into the light well outside my living room window–from outside. After my heart started beating again, I let her in, and discovered she had also let Maja out of the bedroom window. Fortunately, Maja also was willing to be herded back inside, although she was quite annoyed with me for spoiling her fun. For the last three days I had them, they both tried endlessly to open the windows again. I guess I should have warned you!

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Now she tells us! Hope she hasn’t taught Maja all her jailbreaking ways – we’ll have to keep a beady eye on her too 😉

  8. giotoulam June 21, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I love watching Maria. She looks so calm. I wish her a wonderful life…

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

      She’s very calm and enjoying her walks in the lovely Italian countryside.

  9. giotoulam June 21, 2013 at 6:13 am - Reply

    and where is our handsome boy Sofoclis?

  10. Boomdeeadda June 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    What a clever puss, good thing she choose to snuggle up a friendly dog. HA

    • Animalcouriers June 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Very clever indeed. Yes, not every dog would have been so accommodating 😉

  11. Basil June 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Sounds like great fun!

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