Animalcouriers collected Eugenio near Parma in Italy. This must be a record-breaking trip for Setters and Setter crosses! Cathy adopted Eugenio from a pound in Rome and he’s been staying with Ilaria at her kennels while his passport and travel were organised. Ilaria says Eugenio was rather thin when he arrived but he’s now looking much better. Eugenio is travelling all the way to join Cathy on the Isle of Wight.

We spent last night near Chamonix in France, where the dogs enjoyed their first snowy walks and the cats stayed tucked up in the cosy van. (Sorry, it started getting a bit too dark to take photos of everyone.)

Today’s heavier snow makes it a bit of a slow drive but we’re aiming to get at least as far as Calais tonight.

Eugenio with Ilaria, who had grown rather attached to him, so it was a slightly tearful goodbye

Eugenio with Ilaria, who had grown rather attached to him, so it was a slightly tearful goodbye

Eugenio on his evening walk

Eugenio on his evening walk

Wendy, who has just the best ears!

Wendy, who has just the best ears!

Eleni wondering where all the grass has gone

Eleni wondering where all the grass has gone

Bolo and Sienna, inseparable as ever

Bolo and Sienna, inseparable as ever

Sunny gets into the swing of snowy walks

Sunny gets into the swing of snowy walks

Every supermarket should have one of these!

Every supermarket should have one of these!

Snuggly Agapi

Snuggly Agapi

Wide-awake Minnie

Wide-awake Minnie

Number 5, aka Pendy β€” a bit of a blurry shot but his cute black nose makes him easy to recognise!

Number 5, aka Pendy β€” a bit of a blurry shot but his cute black nose makes him easy to recognise!

Harlequin and Moonbeam

Harlequin and Moonbeam

Willow keeps a sharp eye out

Willow keeps a sharp eye out

Jack (aka Liquorice) and Tiger

Jack (aka Liquorice) and Tiger

Echo looking and listening intently

Echo looking and listening intently

No-name kitty mucking about, as usual!

No-name kitty mucking about, as usual!

Slow going in the snow

Slow going in the snow