The latest Animalcouriers trip to Europe finally got started last night, after a stop-start sort of a day. We reached Dover to find that P&O had made a considered decision to stop taking pets on their freight route. That left us feeling somewhat panicky until we had a chat with them at their Dover office, from which we came away feeling pleased and relieved to know that P&O still consider Animalcouriers an account partner, and that we could therefore get on board with our precious cargo.

Travelling with us are some wonderful dogs and cats including Staffie Arfa, who’s heading back to Spain with us. He originally travelled on one of our UK-bound trips last summer, and was a hot and stressed lad when we collected him. We had to call in at a garage and hose him down with cold water, as he was over-ventilating from anxiety. He soon cooled down and chilled out, and was right as rain and best mates with us by the time we delivered him to Matt in Kent.

Handsome Daxie Guiseppe belongs to Linda and Alejandro. They are off to live and work in Murcia in Spain, and Guiseppe is travelling with us to join them. He’s very well behaved, enjoys his walks, and loves a nap. Linda was a bit worried about him but we feel there is no need!

Very bonded pair Cookies and Chipie are travelling with us to France, as their owners are leaving Brighton and returning to Florensac in the Languedoc region. Grandmère will be meeting us to take these two cuties home.

On the cat front we have gorgeous tabby cat Pod, who arrived a day or so before we left. He’s off to join his family who are moving to the Gers region of France. While they get their new home ready, Pod will be staying with Jennifer at the Chatil de Lomagne cattery in the Garonne.

Little black Shadow, who belongs to Antonio, is also on board. Antonio is off to live in Seville in Spain, and Shadow is going on ahead to join Antonio’s girlfriend Victoria.

Lovely feline duo Emie and Eluka are heading to the Grenoble area of France. We are working with our partners Airpets to provide them with a road trip. Emie and Eluka were originally due to travel last month, but it was discovered on the handing-in day at Airpets that their rabies vaccinations had expired, so it’s been a three-week wait until they could be on their way.

Owing to the delay in crossing the Channel, we only made it as far as Cambrai (in Nord Pas de Calais) last night, so today will be quite a long one.

Arfa arrives with Matt's son Hayley — Arfa making an early bid for 'longest tongue)

Arfa arrives with Matt’s son Harley — Arfa making an early bid for ‘longest tongue)

Arfa gets greeted by resident dogs Billywhizz and Pugsley on his arrival

Arfa gets greeted by resident dogs Billywhizz and Pugsley on his arrival

Guiseppe arrives with Linda and Alejandro — lots of goodbye cuddles

Guiseppe arrives with Linda and Alejandro — lots of goodbye cuddles

Gentle Giant Pod…

Gentle Giant Pod…

…homeboarded with us for a couple of nights on the run-up to our trip

…homeboarded with us for a couple of nights on the run-up to our trip

Pod all settled in for the journey

Pod all settled in for the journey

Sweet Bichon Chipie with best pal Cookies, who's clearly heard about the longest tongue competition. Keep practising, Cookies!

Sweet Bichon Chipie with best pal Cookies, who’s clearly heard about the longest tongue competition. Keep practising, Cookies!

Shadow is a well named beautiful little black cat

Shadow is a well named beautiful little black cat

Emie has beautiful blue eyes

Emie has beautiful blue eyes

Eluka (here) and Emie (above) are a very relaxed pair of travellers

Eluka (here) and Emie (above) are a very relaxed pair of travellers

Arfa takes an early morning stroll on French soil

Arfa takes an early morning stroll on French soil

Guiseppe enjoys a good snuffle about…

Guiseppe enjoys a good snuffle about…

…then settles down for a nap while we do chores — alright for some!

…then settles down for a nap while we do chores — alright for some!