With Border Collie Gwen on board, Animalcouriers crossed the border from Scotland to England, en route for Kent. The sun was shining and the scenery was beautiful — and then suddenly a warning light appeared on the dashboard. We had time to pull over to the hard shoulder before the engine stopped.

Because this sort of thing can happen to anyone, and because animal welfare is our priority, our extensive RAC breakdown cover includes roadside assistance and a relay service to complete our journeys. Within minutes we were being towed to a safe place; and while we waited for the relay truck, we found a lovely canal to walk Gwen by, and a café serving delicious sausage rolls!

The RAC relay drivers were very considerate about having Gwen on board, but even they couldn’t do anything about the lorry that had shed its load on the M6 and added an extra two hours to the journey. So we eventually reached Gwen’s new home rather later than originally expected, where we were met by Gwen’s lovely new owners offering cups of hot tea and a friendly chat.

Gwen’s home is in the grounds of Chilham Castle, where she’ll be working the castle sheep. Courier S was keen to hear how Gwen would adapt from being trained in Scotland to working in England. Her owner explained that the training and signals used are pretty universal, and then recounted an interesting tale about his much loved Collie who had recently passed away. When she arrived, this dog wouldn’t respond to him at all. After three weeks, in desperation, he rang the dog’s Scottish breeder/trainer, who asked him to bring the dog to the phone. Thinking the breeder slightly mad, the farmer nevertheless put the phone to the dog’s ear, and watched as her ears twitched and her tail wagged while she listened to her breeder. From that day on she turned into the best sheep dog ever!

We’re pleased to report we’ve already heard that Gwen has made a great start, successfully rounding up the sheep on her very first outing.

Courier S had also been due to collect Corgi Betsy and cat Arletta on her route south, so Animalcouriers called on other members of the extended team to transport them.

Five-year-old Betsy's owner was struggling to care for her properly owing to ever lengthening working hours. So she took the difficult but responsible step of contacting Corgi Rescue to find Betsy a new home.

Five-year-old Betsy’s owner was struggling to care for her properly owing to ever lengthening working hours. So she took the difficult but responsible step of contacting Corgi Rescue to find Betsy a new home.

Betsy was welcomed by her new owners in Kent, where she'll have the run of a lovely garden in the heart of the countryside.

Betsy was welcomed by her new owners in Kent, where she’ll have the run of a lovely garden in the heart of the countryside.

Stunning ginger-and-white cat Arletta was collected from a beautiful village in Wales for her journey to Luxembourg, where her family is relocating. She's homeboarding with Animalcouriers until she crosses the Channel next week. Cardiff was an interesting place to drive through — full of flying dragons owing to the rugby!

Stunning ginger-and-white cat Arletta was collected from a beautiful village in Wales for her journey to Luxembourg, where her family is relocating. She’s homeboarding with Animalcouriers until she crosses the Channel next week. Cardiff was an interesting place to drive through — full of flying dragons owing to the rugby!