Animalcouriers stopped off in Albufeira to visit our friends at kennels and cattery Animal Inn Guia. Everyone — our passengers, kennel visitors and house dogs — enjoyed a wonderful walk in the campo as the air cooled down.

Striding out with our canine chums

Striding out with our canine chums

Three-legged Buster tags along at the back

Three-legged Buster tags along at the back

Nikita and Buster have a little chat

Nikita and Buster have a little chat

Buster is clever enough to know that if he walks slowly enough, his dad will eventually pick him up and carry him!

Buster is clever enough to know that if he walks slowly enough, his dad will eventually pick him up and carry him!

We thought at first this curious creature must be from a Portuguese legend about a magical beast — half cockerel, half bull — but quickly realised it's advertising a restaurant!

We thought at first this curious creature must be from a Portuguese legend about a magical beast — half cockerel, half bull — but quickly realised it’s advertising a restaurant!

We couldn't resist a breakfast of traditional custard tarts before leaving Portugal this morning

We couldn’t resist a breakfast of traditional custard tarts before leaving Portugal this morning