Animalcouriers set off today from Portsmouth with a lovely collection of pets on board. Our first stop is Jersey, then it’s on to France.

Four of the cats belong to Martin and Claire. The family is relocating from the Manchester area to the Burgundy region of France, where Martin set up his lute-making business last year. He’s been waiting a while for his staff of Sid, Ben, Casper and Aztec to arrive. This quartet are glad to be on their way as they’ve been quite worried about how Martin has been managing without them!

Handsome Casper

Handsome Casper

Very relaxed Aztec

Very relaxed Aztec

Beautiful Ben

Beautiful Ben

Sid — very keen and already wondering if we're there yet!

Sid — very keen and already wondering if we’re there yet!

Gorgeous Glis is on her way to join Louise who recently relocated to Geneva in Switzerland. Glis had to wait behind in the Yorkshire Dales for a little while until her passport was ready and she could travel.

Gorgeous Glis is on her way to join Louise who recently relocated to Geneva in Switzerland. Glis had to wait behind in the Yorkshire Dales for a little while until her passport was ready and she could travel.

This little sweetie is Indie, an Australian Terrier pup aged just over 16 weeks, who's travelling with us from Powys in Wales to Soligne in France. Jane had to wait for Indie's pet passport to be ready and is very excited about meeting her — you can see why!

This little sweetie is Indie, an Australian Terrier pup aged just over 16 weeks, who’s travelling with us from Powys in Wales to Soligne in France. Jane had to wait for Indie’s pet passport to be ready and is very excited about meeting her — you can see why!

Portsmouth's historic dockyard with a glimpse of HMS Victory — Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Portsmouth’s historic dockyard with a glimpse of HMS Victory — Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

HMS Warrior — now a museum ship in Portsmouth harbour

HMS Warrior — now a museum ship in Portsmouth harbour

Spinnaker Tower — reflecting Portsmouth's maritime history, it's modelled after a spinnaker sail

Spinnaker Tower — reflecting Portsmouth’s maritime history, it’s modelled after a spinnaker sail

Leaving Portsmouth harbour

Leaving Portsmouth harbour