Another eventful couple of days for Animalcouriers… having had our van serviced in readiness for our southern European trip, courier D was on his way to collect black-and-white cat Scooby and French Bulldog Coddy, when he noticed a smell of diesel and smoke coming from the exhaust. So he pulled over and summoned the rescue service. It turned out there were no problems at all, but safety always comes first.

So we set off yesterday with Scooby and Coddy on board, along with Looklikely and Cornflake, who’ll be staying initially at the Animal Inn in Guia. It’s run by Diana and Bungie and we’re looking forward to seeing them again. But when we arrived at Portsmouth to catch the ferry for the long crossing to Santander in north west Spain, we discovered it wasn’t the boat we had booked! That meant there were no spaces for our cat passengers, only a kennel for Coddy.

Following a quick rethink and help from Brittany Ferries, we switched to a 3pm crossing to Caen, France. We made good use of our spare time by walking Coddy on the beach and around the grounds of the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.

We expect to reach Burgos in northern Spain tonight, only a few hours later than originally planned.

Coddy looking slightly taken aback by the size of the statue of a marine in full battle dress

Coddy looking slightly taken aback by the size of the statue of a marine in full battle dress

Hmm, that gun looks heavy, muses Coddy

Hmm, that gun looks heavy, muses Coddy

The history lesson continues as Coddy inspects a field howitzer

The history lesson continues as Coddy inspects a field howitzer

Scooby reckons it's all been very interesting so far, but he's now ready to chill out

Scooby reckons it’s all been very interesting so far, but he’s now ready to chill out

Scrumptious Cornflake is a bit shy at first

Scrumptious Cornflake is a bit shy at first

But when we say that their mum is looking, both Looklikely and Cornflake give us a smile for the camera

But when we say that their mum is looking, both Looklikely and Cornflake give us a smile for the camera

Looklikely tells us they're both very excited about their move from Wales to Portugal

Looklikely tells us they’re both very excited about their move from Wales to Portugal

Coddy had a good walk along a canal in Caen this morning

Coddy had a good walk along a canal in Caen this morning

We all enjoyed the view

We all enjoyed the view

Scooby is very curious to know everything that's going on

Scooby is very curious to know everything that’s going on