The five dogs from North Cyprus — Brandy, Roxy, Jasper, Tink and Reo — went to the vet yesterday afternoon for worming and their health check. All behaved impeccably and came through with flying colours.

Animalcouriers also collected a final passenger at the same time — handsome, friendly black cat Mefisto, who’s moving from Zurich to join Sabina in North London.

We spent last night in the Metz area of France. We’ve just this minute arrived in Calais. There’s a bite in the air and it’s raining cats and dogs, so we put sweaters on for the first time in weeks.

There was an unexpected treat in store when we stopped for fuel — a stork landed close by and proceeded to entertain everyone by collecting bits of bread off the ground. Seemed quite unperturbed by the camera-bearing crowds!

Courier I will meet us when when we arrive at Dover, and will take Roxy, Jasper and Tink, along with cat Maja, to the west country. When we reach our base in Surrey, courier D will be on hand to whisk Brandy, and cats Rumy and Lakme, northwards. We expect Brandy will be home with a very excited Sharon around midnight, and that Rumy and Lakme will reach their homes on Sunday.

Reo will go home with courier J for a frolic with her dogs until his Auntie Emma calls to collect him.

As we have got to know Maria, Kiki, Ioli and Soffy (Sophocles) from Athens, we know they will be very happy to be in their new homes. Ioli and Soffy are both shy, but quietly take everything in. Maria and Kiki are bolder, striding out on their walks.

Remember Purdey and Cookie, the two North Cypriot dogs who ended up flying to the UK? They’ve been home boarding with Lynn, who’s also been looking after courier J’s two dogs. Lynn reports that the dogs all think they’re on a doggy holiday and spend all day playing!

Stork at the petrol station

Stork at the petrol station

Mefisto

Mefisto

Maja

Maja

 

Lakme

Lakme

Soffy

Soffy

Kiki

Kiki

Maria

Maria

Ioli

Ioli

Reo

Reo

Brandy

Brandy

Roxy

Roxy

Tink caught napping!

Tink caught napping!

Jasper

Jasper

Breaking news: we've just reached Calais and it was a record - from entering port to boarding boat - 12 minutes!

Breaking news: we’ve just reached Calais and it was a record – from entering port to boarding boat – 12 minutes!