Animalcouriers’ latest trip to France and Spain set off yesterday. First on board was Golden Retriever Olie, who’s been home boarding with courier M and is travelling with us to Marbella in Spain. We also collected a handsome pair of cats called Lewis and Clarke; Bambi the Chihuahua; and Boris the Waterdog.

Jenny’s hens joined us in Oxford and are on their way to the Dordogne. Jenny was very glad Animalcouriers could transport her hens, but we suspect she hadn’t envisaged quite how much organisation would be involved. They needed a vet’s visit, an export health certificate and an animal transport certificate. We had to pre-book the journey so that Animal Health and the ship’s captain knew the hens were coming. And there are foxes in the area they’re moving to in France, so Jenny and her husband have had to create somewhere safe for the hens to live. All in all Jenny reckons it’s cost about £2,000! When she discussed the expenditure with her husband, he said, “Well, they’re part of the family.”

As Olie settled in to his travel compartment, he told courier M he would be very comfy, thanks

As Olie settled in to his travel compartment, he told courier M he would be very comfy, thanks

Like their intrepid explorer namesakes, Lewis and Clarke are off on their travels once more…

Like their intrepid explorer namesakes, Lewis and Clarke are off on their travels once more…

…having done with the western US, they're now ready to see what they can get up to in Galicia in Spain

…having done with the western US, they’re now ready to see what they can get up to in Galicia in Spain

Boris is a regular traveller with Animalcouriers. He's off to the Lot area of France for his summer holiday. He's a lovely, lively passenger and is sporting a very cool haircut for his holiday in the sun.

Boris is a regular traveller with Animalcouriers. He’s off to the Lot area of France for his summer holiday. He’s a lovely, lively passenger and is sporting a very cool haircut for his holiday in the sun.

Little Bambi is travelling with Animalcouriers to rejoin her mum in the Marbella region of Spain. We suspect she sees a lot of the world from mum's arms as she is a little reluctant to put her paws on the ground… Although she could just be having us on!

Little Bambi is travelling with Animalcouriers to rejoin her mum in the Marbella region of Spain. We suspect she sees a lot of the world from mum’s arms as she is a little reluctant to put her paws on the ground… Although she could just be having us on!

We collected Jenny's beloved chooks in the Oxford area

We collected Jenny’s beloved chooks in the Oxford area

They're a fine assortment of colours and feathers

They’re a fine assortment of colours and feathers

An especially beady eye

An especially beady eye

Not one of our passengers!

Not one of our passengers!

Handsome Olie poses by a mill race in the grounds of a lovely rural hotel we discovered. We knew we would arrive too late for supper so took a picnic with us. Our hosts supplied a lovely garden, a mild evening and a bottle of wine. Olie joined us too as no picnic is complete without a Golden Retriever.

Handsome Olie poses by a mill race in the grounds of a lovely rural hotel we discovered. We knew we would arrive too late for supper so took a picnic with us. Our hosts supplied a lovely garden, a mild evening and a bottle of wine. Olie joined us too as no picnic is complete without a Golden Retriever.

Freshly laid breakfast eggs for couriers J and M

Freshly laid breakfast eggs for couriers J and M

Yum!

Yum!