Phoebe is emigrating from France to Australia, via the UK

Phoebe is emigrating from France to Australia, via the UK

Pretty tabby-and-white cat Phoebe and her owner Liz have been living in beautiful rural Flayat in the Limousin region of France. Now they’re relocating to the Yarra Valley, near Melbourne in Australia.

When Liz started organising Phoebe’s travel, she struggled to find a local vet who could steer her through the Australian import process. Things got off to a less-than-brilliant start when the vet forgot to put the date of Phoebe’s rabies vaccination on her RNATT (Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test) declaration that’s required by the Australian authorities as part of the import application.

Somewhat frustrated, Liz contacted Animalcouriers for advice. We offered to take Phoebe to the UK where we can look after her and prepare everything for her journey to Australia. It’s a weight off Liz’s shoulders, especially as she’s leaving France within the month.

We’re now on our way to Calais and are due to cross the Channel to England this evening.

Phoebe, blissfully unaware of all the kerfuffle surrounding her move down under

Phoebe, blissfully unaware of all the kerfuffle surrounding her move down under

A relieved-looking Liz

A relieved-looking Liz

Liz says goodbye to Phoebe. Australia's strict import regulations mean they won't see each other again until August.

Liz says goodbye to Phoebe. Australia’s strict import regulations mean they won’t see each other again until August.

As some of you worked out, this is indeed a photo of a child's booster seat in a fireplace, spotted at our hotel in Valencia. We were a bit worried at first when we saw it — is it where babies are supposed to eat? Is it where you place naughty children for a 'time out'? Although we were very taken with Gunta's caption suggestion of 'roasted baby', Boomdeeadda's "Houston, I think we have a problem!" tickled our funny bone the most.

As some of you worked out, this is indeed a photo of a child’s booster seat in a fireplace, spotted at our hotel in Valencia. We were a bit worried at first when we saw it — is it where babies are supposed to eat? Is it where you place naughty children for a ‘time out’? Although we were very taken with Gunta’s caption suggestion of ‘roasted baby’, Boomdeeadda’s “Houston, I think we have a problem!” tickled our funny bone the most.

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  1. easyweimaraner March 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Oh poor Phoebe and Liz. That’s a long time till August. But maybe Phoebe will meet my palsForrest and Doc in Oz? I would like the hot seat today, it’s cold outside :o)

    • Animalcouriers March 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Phoebe would be doing really well to meet Forrest and Doc, along with their Mom. It’s cold but not cold enough to want that hot seat 😉

  2. guineapigsqueak March 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    At least Pheobe will have some time to learn French Meows in the U.K while she waits but 5 months really is a furry long time fur her to be away from her Mummy…
    The Pigs xx

    • Animalcouriers March 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Phoebe will no doubt learn an awful lot of vocabulary while waiting to join Liz 😀

      • guineapigsqueak March 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

        She’ll soon be ordering poisson and lapin instead of rabbit and fish!
        The Pigs xx

  3. mollieandalfie March 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Yeah she can play with Forrest and Doc, how cool 🙂 She is such a sweetie xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Animalcouriers March 27, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

      She’s gorgeous and will no doubt appreciate helpful tips from Forrest and Doc on how to deal with the flora and fauna in Australia 😉

  4. mollieandalfie March 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Pe-ez..Mollie rocks… I won Sammy’s teaser without cheating.. I waz the furzt to get it right…GO MOLLIE ..GO MOLLIE xxxxx

    • Animalcouriers March 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Mollie, we fell off our chairs when we heard that news – you rock and we salute you 😀

  5. tootlepedal March 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    “I’m sure that I saw Santa go up there….”

    • Animalcouriers March 27, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Now that explains an awful lot but what’s he doing for a booster seat on the sleigh?

  6. Mustang.Koji March 27, 2014 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Animalcouriers to the rescue once again!

  7. katiebblogs March 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Phew, Liz sure was lucky to find you guys to take a little burden off! It is so overwhelming and frustrating to organize pet travel and it’s a good thing she found you!

    • Animalcouriers March 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      It doesn’t help if your vet isn’t used to the process. Luckily, all our contacts are up to speed on international travel 😉

  8. an uncommon girl March 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Why such a long time?

    • Animalcouriers March 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      There has to be at least 180 days between the date of the sample being taken for a successful rabies blood test and the import into Australia. As the French vet didn’t put the date of the sample down, it has be started from scratch 🙁

  9. heretherebespiders March 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Phoebe and Liz are both beautiful! I’m happy they found you!
    I also had an oops ice when I did the new pet passport scheme to bring my dog and cat over from the USA to Ireland. Kitty got right in, but the poor dog had to wait 2 weeks until we got it sorted. He was up to date on his rabies shot, so I didn’t start the 6 month process with ANOTHER shot. Oops. I’m glad it was him and not the cat – Spot was not a happy boy after flying 3,000 miles in cargo!

    • Animalcouriers March 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Aren’t they lovely. You were jolly lucky that there was only a two-week wait 😀

  10. becomingcliche March 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Poor Phoebe! I’m so glad you can help sort things out!

    • Animalcouriers March 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Such a shame that there’s a long wait but at least it’s all in motion now.

  11. mythreemoggies March 28, 2014 at 10:06 am - Reply

    ohh make sure they pop in and say hello to Fozziemum xxx

    • Animalcouriers March 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      They’ll need to get the low down and what better place to ask 😉

  12. Boomdeeadda March 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, such conundrums down under. But they’re such nice folks there, I’m sure it will all be worth it. Hurry up August, that reunion will be glorious. Thanks so much for the shout out too! LOL, I don’t even think there’s anyone to answer the call in Huston any longer, austerity measures cut deep there. Sometimes you just have to use the space you have, even if it’s an odd choice 😀

    • Animalcouriers April 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      The wait will be over in no time at all and we’re sure Phoebe will think it worth it in the end 😉

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