Cali, Scali and Miski are back home in Crete; and Matilda has joined our trip

Cali, Scali and Miski are back home in Crete; and Matilda has joined our trip

Yesterday was Clean Monday — the first day of Lent — and a holiday in Greece. Traditionally people fly kites and eat simple food on the beach. Unfortunately, it was absolutely pouring with rain, so there wasn’t much of either activity going on.

Animalcouriers arrived early at the Greek port of Igoumenitsa following our crossing from Italy. We drove off towards Piraeus port, calling in at Lefkas en route to collect Jennifer’s cat Matilda. Then we had an overnight crossing to Crete, where we reunited Cali, Scali and Miski with Sheila.

Courier M carried Miski and Scali into the house in baskets. After a quick sniff around, they followed Sheila and courier M back to the van to fetch Cali.

Because of the rain, this poor kite seller packed up early and went home

Because of the rain, this poor kite seller packed up early and went home

Paximavid bread — a Cretan speciality that's so hard you need very strong gnashers to deal with it. Better still, you dunk it first in wet cheese or oil.

Paximavid bread — a Cretan speciality that’s so hard you need very strong gnashers to deal with it. Better still, you dunk it first in wet cheese or oil.

Sheila and Miski walking down to the Animacouriers van to collect Cali

Sheila and Miski walking down to the Animacouriers van to collect Cali

Miski stopping off for some sniffing opportunities on the way

Miski stopping off for some sniffing opportunities on the way

Here comes Cali, safe in Sheila's arms

Here comes Cali, safe in Sheila’s arms

Cali reacquainting herself with familiar sights and smells

Cali reacquainting herself with familiar sights and smells

Mmm, something very interesting here!

Mmm, something very interesting here!

Look at our fantastic view, courier J! says Miski

Look at our fantastic view, courier J! says Miski

Scali is quite nervous of people as she had been badly treated, so we were lucky to catch this glimpse of her as she rediscovered her Cretan home. She and Miski were dumped a kilometre apart at five weeks old. Lucky girls to have been adopted by Jill and Sheila!

Scali is quite nervous of people as she had been badly treated, so we were lucky to catch this glimpse of her as she rediscovered her Cretan home. She and Miski were dumped a kilometre apart at five weeks old. Lucky girls to have been adopted by Jill and Sheila!

Miski was so excited to be home she shot up to the rafters…

Miski was so excited to be home she shot up to the rafters…

…and had to be rescued by Sheila

…and had to be rescued by Sheila

And here is lovely Matilda, who is travelling with us to the UK. Very cute and friendly.

And here is lovely Matilda, who is travelling with us to the UK. Very cute and friendly.

She will also accept a neck scratch and head tickle!

She will also accept a neck scratch and head tickle!

By |2016-10-17T10:51:48+00:00Tuesday, March 4, 2014|animal transportation, on the road, pet travel by road|0 Comments

No Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin March 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Greece must use a different way to determine Lent. In the US Lent doesn’t start until Wednesday.
    Rain can really run a holiday,

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Well, it could be an Animalcouriers misunderstanding 😀 Rain on holidays is so unfair.

      • Animalcouriers March 5, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

        From research we find that this is Lent according to the Eastern Orthodox Church. It starts on Clean Monday rather than on Western Christianity’s Ash Wednesday. You learn something new everyday!

  2. easyweimaraner March 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Wow Miski! I wish I could climb like you! It’s great to see some pictures without rain and snow, many thanks :o)

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Miski has been such fun to travel with – nothing can spoil that girl’s fun! Batteries are being charged in this lovely weather.

  3. scoochyourpooch March 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Poor Scali. What a great view! Thanks for sharing these photos.

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      It was so good to see the cats rushing round to reclaim their territory!

  4. Sheila Morris March 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Oh, these are marvelous photos and a great story, too!! I love to see your beautiful passengers…but today I was thrilled to see the kites! The colors were incredible and the designs so different from kites I remember over here. If I’d been there, I’m sure I would have purchased one!! 🙂 Safe journeys…

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      The kite seller would have sold you his whole van’s worth! You’re right about the different designs in each country – now there’s a collection you could start…

  5. hairballexpress March 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    You do such a wonderful thing fur pets. *purrs*

  6. mollieandalfie March 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I’d eat the bread, BOL shame out the rain, such pretty kitties xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Ha ha – even you might need a little milk to soften that bread!

  7. Nylabluesmum March 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Cali, Scali & Miski sure look happy to be home! It looks so pretty there in Crete…i forget there is world out there WITHOUT SNOW!!!!
    LOL
    Matilda is so pretty! I love the name…it is so old fashioned yet it has a ring to it don’t you think??
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

    • Animalcouriers March 5, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

      They were so delighted to get back to their summer residence! Yes, we think Matilda should go in our book of names. Must be hard to look onto a world full of sun 😉

  8. petspeopleandlife March 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    such lucky and adorable cats.

  9. Gunta March 5, 2014 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Miski is certainly the adventurous one! Looks like she’s checked out all the nooks and crannies. What a delight to be back with family again.

    • Animalcouriers March 5, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

      She is very entertaining. Must be lovely to go back to a well-known world and have to check all your traps!

  10. Lindyloo March 5, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    It’s both comforting & very reassuring following you all on your travels, my precious cargo of 5 moggies will be travelling with you in June, from Skiathos, Greece to their new home in the UK! I look forward to reading about your adventures each day, keep up the remarkable work!

    • Animalcouriers March 5, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

      We do look forward to meeting your five moggies! Glad you’re enjoying following us along the road.

  11. Professions for PEACE March 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I adore your sweet stories of all kinds of wonderful animals, rescued and cared for as they all should be. Such darling cats, and to have found ‘their’ people. Thanks for sharing!! Gina

    • Animalcouriers March 6, 2014 at 10:21 am - Reply

      It is always our pleasure to share stories like this. We all need some positive news on the animal welfare front!

  12. Nylabluesmum March 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    If Nylablue knew there were ‘sumner residences’ she would have packed her ‘kit bag’ & left me for sunny Crete years ago, lol…
    We have sun but it is till only way below freezing 🙁
    As for Matilda I think of the song “Waltzing Matilda”, lol….(now I am showing my age, haha…)

  13. Nylabluesmum March 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I here you Annie…Spring boot camp would even work for me!!! All we can do is hope…
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xxx

We'd love to hear from you

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin It on Pinterest

%d bloggers like this: