Courier M and his three canine charges spent Friday night at a rural hotel near Ancona in Italy. Sammy, Robbie and Aqapi enjoyed walking among the 11,000 olive trees in the grounds, with Robbie in particular enjoying all the enticing smells.

The olives will be harvested in a month or so, pressed and converted into award-winning olive oil and other delicacies, sold at the shop on the premises.

Yesterday morning it was just a short drive to Ancona port, where Animalcouriers boarded the ferry to Greece.

Robbie, behind, with Aqapi

Robbie, behind, with Aqapi

Sammy

Sammy

A wonderful view over just a handful of the olive trees

A wonderful view over just a handful of the olive trees

At Ancona port, a grim reminder of world events — the Animalcouriers van parks among former UK ambulances that are bound for Syria

At Ancona port, a grim reminder of world events — the Animalcouriers van parks among former UK ambulances that are bound for Syria