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.

Grisette or Nimette

Grisette or Nimette

Nimette or Grisette — when we asked Fanny their names, she said she thought that names weren't really important

Nimette or Grisette — when we asked Fanny their names, she said she thought that names weren’t really important

Fanny says goodbye, but it won't be long before they're back together

Fanny says goodbye, but it won’t be long before they’re back together

This is Africa, who's travelling with…

This is Africa, who’s travelling with…

…Rony the Teckel. These two dogs, who belong to Antonio, are travelling with us from Manchester to Castellon in Valencia where Carmen is waiting to welcome them.

…Rony the Teckel. These two dogs, who belong to Antonio, are travelling with us from Manchester to Castellon in Valencia where Carmen is waiting to welcome them.

And this is Teddy, who's on the trip with…

And this is Teddy, who’s on the trip with…

…Lola. They are heading to Moraira in Spain to rejoin Joanne and her family. They're a sweet-natured pair who love a cuddle and, of course, a biscuit!

…Lola. They are heading to Moraira in Spain to rejoin Joanne and her family. They’re a sweet-natured pair who love a cuddle and, of course, a biscuit!

Can't resist including this photo of the gents at Dobbies garden centre on the M20 - courier M was quite taken with them!

Can’t resist including this photo of the gents at Dobbies garden centre on the M20 – courier M was quite taken with them!