Animalcouriers delivered Rebecca’s seven Shelties to their new owners in Brindisi, Italy, where they were warmly received with hugs and cuddles by Pierrefrancisco and his partner.

From there it was off to the port for our crossing to Greece, which saw us arrive at Igoumenitsa at the rather rude hour of 5.00am this morning! It felt like 4.00am as Greece is an hour ahead of Italy, so we were very impressed with ourselves for managing to wake up in time to get off the boat.

Our plan was to hop on a ferry to Corfu, to deliver cats Elsa and Gypsy to Barry and his family. So we headed to the Corfu harbour office, only to find it shrouded in darkness. We approached a port policeman — a very expressive chap who waved his arms and made an X in the air. “Strike!” he told us, then held up an index finger: “All day!” Well there’s a surprise… we should have realised something was up when we saw the red-and-white picket line across the port entrance. We’ll have to try for Corfu tomorrow.

So after a quick chat with some local dogs, we set off for Porto Heli to reunite Penelope with Sophie and Matt.

Big hugs for a Sheltie from Pierrefrancisco

Big hugs for a Sheltie from Pierrefrancisco

Smiles and happiness all round

Smiles and happiness all round

Looks like the Shelties have a lovely new family to look after them

Looks like the Shelties have a lovely new family to look after them

Picket line at the Greek port

Picket line at the Greek port

This dog looked set for a peaceful day, thanks to the strike

This dog looked set for a peaceful day, thanks to the strike

Penelope sets paw on Greek soil

Penelope sets paw on Greek soil

Penelope enjoys a morning walk with a seaside backdrop

Penelope enjoys a morning walk with a seaside backdrop

Elsa looking very cute and relaxed, despite the delay in taking her and Gypsy to Corfu

Elsa looking very cute and relaxed, despite the delay in taking her and Gypsy to Corfu

Head tickles now! says the look on Gypsy's face

Head tickles now! says the look on Gypsy’s face

It's bliss when the humans do your bidding!

It’s bliss when the humans do your bidding!

Penelope was so happy to be reunited with Sophie and Matt, she did her 'mad frolic' dance and literally jumped for joy

Penelope was so happy to be reunited with Sophie and Matt, she did her ‘mad frolic’ dance and literally jumped for joy

After dropping off Penelope, we enjoyed a yummy lunch of fried cheese, cucumber, and the reddest, ripest tomatoes you ever did see

After dropping off Penelope, we enjoyed a yummy lunch of fried cheese, cucumber, and the reddest, ripest tomatoes you ever did see

This idyllic view makes us think, it's a tough job but someone's got to do it! But the idyll doesn't hide the increasing shambles the Greek ministry of agriculture is creating that's making it much more difficult for people to move their pets to other EU countries.

This idyllic view makes us think, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it! But the idyll doesn’t hide the increasing shambles the Greek ministry of agriculture is creating that’s making it much more difficult for people to move their pets to other EU countries.

Meanwhile back in the UK, Piri and Dip enjoyed a morning walk in the countryside before heading off to stay at Burntwood Kennels before their flight to New Zealand

Meanwhile back in the UK, Piri and Dip enjoyed a morning walk in the countryside before heading off to stay at Burntwood Kennels before their flight to New Zealand