Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy holidays everyone! And thank you to all our followers and commenters…

To celebrate another great year at Animalcouriers, we're holding a giveaway to our five most faithful and often very funny commenters. To make it fun for everyone, we'll be giving away extra prizes for any comments on this post that tickle our fancy! So, what are we giving away? Thanks to Crystal from the Wayward Dogs blog, we have caught the Beer Paws bug. Crystal has started up a great company which makes all sorts of interesting beer-related items and donates at least 10% of profits to animal welfare causes. When we saw them we had to get some dog-collar Beer Paws [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:52:06+01:00Sunday, December 22, 2013|animal transportation, quiz time|80 Comments

Harry swaps Devon for Abu Dhabi

Animalcouriers arranged for sprightly 13-year-old hound Harry to fly to Abu Dhabi. It's fair to say his owner Sharon was beside herself with worry — there was even talk of gin and tonic for breakfast (Sharon's breakfast, we presume) to get them through the experience. We're not sure if Sharon had to resort to that but Harry took the whole experience in his stride. Sharon wrote to say: "Thank you for all your help and support! Harry made it here just fine, as you said. Can't believe we are actually here! Best wishes and Merry Christmas." Harry checks out the [...]

Last night in the Limousin, on track for the UK tomorrow

Last night we stayed at Domaine de Vareilles in France's Limousin region. The charming hotel and restaurant offers very good dog walking and excellent wine and food, without being too expensive. We're now at Calais ready for our crossing to the UK. Scooby in the morning sunshine… …and demanding a tummy rub! Toby on the move — hence the slightly blurry shot Hester and Dillon deciding which way to go Is someone over there having biscuits? wonder Nelson and Hardy Is Benny sizing up courier M's leg for a wee?! [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:52:06+01:00Tuesday, December 17, 2013|animal transportation, on the road, pet travel by road|32 Comments

Dilly, Benedict and Florentine join our trip as we head north

Animalcouriers collected lovely cat Dilly from Covihla in Portugal. As we drove through the old town the roads became steeper and narrower until we had to send out for help. Luckily Ines could pop Dilly into her travel box and bring her to us! Dilly is on her way to Scotland. We suspect she's used to chilly winters, however, given the snow depth marking posts we encountered along the way. We stayed last night at Mont de Marsan in France's Aquitaine region and today were pleased to call on our favourite vet, Dr Diana James, who gave some of our doggy [...]

Dylan, Hester and Scooby are now on board

Dylan and Hester, a cheeky pair of Cairn terriers, joined our trip in a sleepy Portuguese village. They're off to live in the UK. Another recent joiner from Portugal is Scooby, collected from Figueira da Foz. He's off to join his family who are moving to Devon. More of the family's pets will follow on a later trip. Dylan and Hester are great mates Scooby is a big, bouncy fellow who thinks courier M is just the best, and shows it with lots of licks and cuddles.

By |2016-10-17T10:52:07+01:00Sunday, December 15, 2013|animal transportation, on the road, pet travel by road|20 Comments

Angus is on board and Fanny is reunited with her cats, as we head north

Animalcouriers collected Angus in Portugal's Algarve last night. He's travelling with us to Lytham St Anne's in England. We also dropped cats Grisette and Nimette off with Fanny near Lisbon. This was the last leg of their journey all the way from Canada. We'll be seeing Fanny again next month with three more of her long-haul felines. Collecting Angus in the dark Angus spent some time sniffing around the van, and was particularly chatty with Oscar Wide-eyed at being reunited with Fanny Fanny and her cats have a lovely home on a hill, [...]

Meetings and reunions as we travel down through Spain to Gibraltar

We were pleased to meet up with Joan, an old friend of Animalcouriers, at Almeria where we collected Benny. Joan found this little dog on the street, almost on his last legs, and has carefully nursed him back to health. Now he's on his way to live with Perry, who has adopted him. Joan was sad to part with Benny, but knows he's off to a special place to live. Joan gives Benny a big hug goodbye Julia, her son Gabriel and their dog Toby have been living in an Andalucian village, where Julia has been working [...]

Huka, Sweetpea, Blaze and Princess touch down in London; while Lola and Teddy reach their family in Spain

Lovely Bichon Frise Huka arrived at London Heathrow after his long-haul flight from New Zealand. Animalcouriers collected him from the airport's Animal Reception Centre and drove him to his north London destination to start his two-month winter holidays. We also collected intrepid feline trio Sweetpea, Blaze and Princess who arrived at Heathrow from Canada. They'll have a short stay with Animalcouriers before rejoining their family. Huka grinning like a Cheshire cat! Happy holidays, Huka! Sweetpea does a great mouse impression Blaze plays peepo Princess wonders what's for supper Meanwhile, in Spain, [...]

Four Turkish delights, and Bertie comes to stay

Pamuk, Ella, Hilmi and Charlie flew into Heathrow airport from Turkey yesterday afternoon. They're boarding at a local kennels for a few days before being reunited with their owners in time for Christmas. Although their flight wasn't affected by the dark, foggy conditions, it did mean that beautiful black Hilmi didn't show up in the photos, unfortunately! Meanwhile, little Bertie had a 4.00 am check-in at Gatwick this morning for his flight to Faro in Portugal, where he'll be spending his Christmas holidays. So he stayed the night with courier S where he quickly made friends with housedog Hugo, the [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:52:11+01:00Thursday, December 12, 2013|animal transportation, home boarding, pet air travel|0 Comments

Cats and dogs get on board for Spanish and Portuguese destinations

Animalcouriers left the UK yesterday and reached Lyon where we met up with Fanny and her cats Grisette and Nimette. Having flown in from Canada they are making the rest of the journey by road to their new home in Portugal. The cats were originally due to spend a couple of nights in a cattery but the timing was so perfect we could collect them as they arrived. The cattery owner got a box of choccy biscuits for his trouble! We expect to see him again next month when three more cats of Fanny's cats fly over from Canada. [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:52:11+01:00Wednesday, December 11, 2013|animal transportation, on the road, pet travel by road|28 Comments