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 passengers their parasite treatment and clarified an entry in Scooby’s passport.

Sweet and friendly Dilly

Sweet and friendly Dilly

Benny is all ready for his walk

Benny is all ready for his walk

Oscar was so busy snuffling, we had to pick him up for his photo!

Oscar was so busy snuffling, we had to pick him up for his photo!

Hester (L) and Dillon (R) — such a gorgeous pair!

Hester (L) and Dillon (R) — such a gorgeous pair!

Scooby enjoys the sunshine

Scooby enjoys the sunshine

Biscuits? Did someone say biscuits? Nelson and Hardy sit to attention.

Biscuits? Did someone say biscuits? Nelson and Hardy sit to attention.

Fluffy Angus, full of beans out on his walk. This is a rare moment of stillness.

Fluffy Angus, full of beans out on his walk. This is a rare moment of stillness.

Benny, see here with Diana, takes his tablet like a man

Benny, see here with Diana, takes his tablet like a man

As does Scooby — straight down!

As does Scooby — straight down!

At Dompiere les Eglises we met up with Kim and her cats Benedict and Florentine. Kim admitted her heart was pounding and she had butterflies in her tummy at the prospect!

At Dompiere les Eglises we met up with Kim and her cats Benedict and Florentine. Kim admitted her heart was pounding and she had butterflies in her tummy at the prospect!

When it was time to say goodbye, Kim said she was feeling much more relaxed, having had a chat with us and met some of our other passengers.

When it was time to say goodbye, Kim said she was feeling much more relaxed, having had a chat with us and met some of our other passengers.

Dilly shows the newcomers just how to relax!

Dilly shows the newcomers just how to relax!