Yesterday Animalcouriers enjoyed the sights of Spain as they drove through that beautiful country and crossed into Portugal.

Our first collection was Natalia in the Algarve, who for a while was the only dog on our trip. After Natalie it was the turn of Pedro and Vera’s four cats, also collected in the Algarve region. Vera is already working at Prêt à Manger in Birmingham. Now that Vera has found accommodation that accepts cats, Pedro and their four cats are off to join her. In the meantime, Pedro has been learning to speak what is now very good English.

Tom’s Chihuahua Coco, collected in Ayamonte, a town on the border between Portugal and Spain, doubled the number of dogs on board, and was followed by another cat called Honey (whose story you can read in a separate blog).

Then is was the turn of Staffie Arfar in Estepona. Living on a farm, he’d been badly bitten, so Matt decided to offer him a new home. Staffies are sensitive dogs who are very often misunderstood. Now Arfar lives with Matt’s parents who are moving to the UK — and are of course taking Arfar with them.

And with Collie Foxydog from Malaga on board, our passenger list is complete for today. Foxy travelled with us last year from Ireland to Spain. Her owner Jorge has now moved to Paris. We were honoured that Foxy could wait to travel until we could collect her. In the meantime, she’s been in the tender care of her grandad José in Malaga.

One of the sights that makes Spain so Spanish

One of the sights that makes Spain so Spanish

Beautiful Natalia has been staying at the Barking Mad kennels in Lagos, Portugal. She's travelling with us to rejoin Nuno who has moved to Surrey in England

Beautiful Natalia has been staying at the Barking Mad kennels in Lagos, Portugal. She’s travelling with us to rejoin Nuno who has moved to Surrey in England

Pedro looking fairly relieved after managing to scoop up all four cats — before he'd even had any breakfast!

Pedro looking fairly relieved after managing to scoop up all four cats — before he’d even had any breakfast!

Pedro says he'd always wanted a cat called Felix. So when he and Vera acquired this handsome ginger fellow, Felix is what he was called.

Pedro says he’d always wanted a cat called Felix. So when he and Vera acquired this handsome ginger fellow, Felix is what he was called.

That meant the Felix lookalike who subsequently joined their household had to have a different name — Tereco

That meant the Felix lookalike who subsequently joined their household had to have a different name — Tereco

It was quite a challenge to catch Tucha, who didn't want to be wrenched from her comfy bed

It was quite a challenge to catch Tucha, who didn’t want to be wrenched from her comfy bed

Oscar was equally reluctant to leave his bed and get on board, but we're quite certain all four will soon be enjoying a lovely new life in England with Pedro and Vera

Oscar was equally reluctant to leave his bed and get on board, but we’re quite certain all four will soon be enjoying a lovely new life in England with Pedro and Vera

Chihuahua Coco is off to join Tom in London

Chihuahua Coco is off to join Tom in London

We met up with them at the Ayamonte Parador, which seemed a fitting place to meet such a glamorous little dog

We met up with them at the Ayamonte Parador, which seemed a fitting place to meet such a glamorous little dog

Natalia enjoyed the view of Portugal from the parador

Natalia enjoyed the view of Portugal from the parador

Meeting up with Arfar in the Aldi car park

Meeting up with Arfar in the Aldi car park