Yesterday Animalcouriers collected Olive the Pug puppy just up the road from the Italian seaside resort of Rapallo. She’s a very confident young pup, who could even be a contender for prime minister in the future! In the meantime, she’s practising her skills on us.

Later we crossed from Italy into France and spent the night at a quiet Ibis hotel near Bagnoles in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Lisa had her normal half-hour gentle stroll, taking everything in and nosing around in the undergrowth and the edges of the path.

Today we collected Louisa’s four rescue cats in the pretty Languedoc village of Combas. Louisa is moving temporarily to England for work — and of course Theo, Matilda, Freddie Mercury and Sophie are going too.

Then east of Lyon we called in on Laure to collect a pair of beautiful Old English Bulldog pups, Loutou and Iti. It’s so nice that this brother and sister can keep each other company on their trip to the UK.

Olive takes to travelling like a pro

Olive takes to travelling like a pro

Olive knows how to look very cute indeed

Olive knows how to look very cute indeed

Freddie Mercury, a floofy Maine Coone, with Louisa when we arrived to collect the cats

Freddie Mercury, a floofy Maine Coone, with Louisa when we arrived to collect the cats

Theo is an ex-lab cat. He seems to be trying to work out an escape plan!

Theo is an ex-lab cat. He seems to be trying to work out an escape plan!

Freddy Mercury is another ex-lab cat

Freddy Mercury is another ex-lab cat

Theo and Freddie are a very closely bonded pair

Theo and Freddie are a very closely bonded pair

Siamese cross Sophie was thrown out of the window by her former owner when she came into season

Siamese cross Sophie was thrown out of the window by her former owner when she came into season

Matilda is very shy but also very savvy — she knew something was up when all her favourite furniture started disappearing a few days ago. She even managed to do a couple of runners when Louisa was trying to get all four organised yesterday morning

Matilda is very shy but also very savvy — she knew something was up when all her favourite furniture started disappearing a few days ago. She even managed to do a couple of runners when Louisa was trying to get all four organised yesterday morning

Louisa says goodbye and see you soon to her feline family

Louisa says goodbye and see you soon to her feline family

Goodbye hugs for puppy Loutou from Laure

Goodbye hugs for puppy Loutou from Laure

Puppy Iti says goodbye to mama dog

Puppy Iti says goodbye to mama dog

Meanwhile the puppies' siblings dash around, playing …

Meanwhile the puppies’ siblings dash around, playing …

…and checking out the Animalcouriers van, to see who their brother and sister are travelling with

…and checking out the Animalcouriers van, to see who their brother and sister are travelling with

A wonderful show of irises in the Languedoc sunshine

A wonderful show of irises in the Languedoc sunshine

White irises as well as the more common purple ones

White irises as well as the more common purple ones

Lina overtaken by the urge for a scratch — she's all arms and legs!

Lina overtaken by the urge for a scratch — she’s all arms and legs!

Romy partly shares walks with Lina — they really enjoy playing and rolling around together

Romy partly shares walks with Lina — they really enjoy playing and rolling around together

Romy and Lina watch courier M doing out their rooms

Romy and Lina watch courier M doing out their rooms

Lisa keeps a watchful eye on all the comings and goings

Lisa keeps a watchful eye on all the comings and goings