Animalcouriers arrived at the Sardinian city port of Alghero from where we set off to meet Rebecca. She is rehoming her family of seven Shelties, and we’re taking them to their new owner in the Brindisi area of Italy.

Three cute Sheltie pups

Three cute Sheltie pups

Cinnamon, the pups' mum

Cinnamon, the pups’ mum

Jake, the pups' dad

Jake, the pups’ dad

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

A pampered padlock at the port

A pampered padlock at the port

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.