We spent last night at the Ciudad de Burgos hotel in Spain, a favourite stopover for Animalcouriers, where the ambiance is always warm and welcoming. “Tiene animales?” they always ask. “Si, si,” we reply.

Then it was off to collect Kika and Miauf from Anna Maria and her family in Porto. They’ve been looking after these two pets on behalf of Diana and her husband, who’ve gone on ahead in the process of relocating to England.

A French kiss for courier M from French bulldog Coddy

A French kiss for courier M from French bulldog Coddy

The beautiful grounds of the hotel, where the blossom shows spring has really sprung

The beautiful grounds of the hotel, where the blossom shows spring has really sprung

Lovely Lab Kika and handsome black cat Miauf with Anna Maria and her family

Lovely Lab Kika and handsome black cat Miauf with Anna Maria and her family

Close-up of friendly Miauf

Close-up of friendly Miauf