on the road with Animalcouriers

Morning walks in Gandesa as we make our way south through Spain

Yesterday we delivered gentle giant Pod to Jennifer, who will take care of him at her cattery in the Garonne until his new French home is ready. From there we headed to Spain, and spent last night in Gandesa, in the Catalan region. Today we continue our journey south that will ultimately take us all the way to Portugal.

Jennifer gives Pod a 'hello' hug

Jennifer gives Pod a ‘hello’ hug

Pod wastes no time finding his way to his brunch

Pod wastes no time finding his way to his brunch

Jennifer's cattery looks as welcoming now as it did when we first visited several years ago. Made of wood and with nicely spaced pens, there's also a secure walkway that meant we could wander through and say 'hi' to the current guests. Jennifer tells us she has over 70 regular clients now, including her own vet!

Jennifer’s cattery looks as welcoming now as it did when we first visited several years ago. Made of wood and with nicely spaced pens, there’s also a secure walkway that meant we could wander through and say ‘hi’ to the current guests. Jennifer tells us she has over 70 regular clients now, including her own vet!

What started out as a hobby for Jennifer has become quite a serious beekeeping endeavour now. The French government is sufficiently concerned about the dwindling honeybee population that they provide training and sponsorship for people with a serious interest in beekeeping.

What started out as a hobby for Jennifer has become quite a serious beekeeping endeavour now. The French government is sufficiently concerned about the dwindling honeybee population that they provide training and sponsorship for people with a serious interest in beekeeping.

Jennifer told us she had recently rescued a swarm of 'lost' bees from a house where they had settled between a window and its shutters. We also met a small group of 'scavenger' bees who are camping out in Jennifer's spare travelling hive.

Jennifer told us she had recently rescued a swarm of ‘lost’ bees from a house where they had settled between a window and its shutters. We also met a small group of ‘scavenger’ bees who are camping out in Jennifer’s spare travelling hive.

Near the tunnel that provides a cut-through from Toulouse in France to Barcelona in Spain, we discovered a little heap of snow. Arfa was intrigued as he doesn't have much experience of the white stuff — but told us he fancies his hand at skiing.

Near the tunnel that provides a cut-through from Toulouse in France to Barcelona in Spain, we discovered a little heap of snow. Arfa was intrigued as he doesn’t have much experience of the white stuff — but told us he fancies his hand at skiing.

Shadow has started showing us her playful side, rolling around and grabbing at toys. She's so sweet it's easy to see why Antonio adores her. Watch out Victoria, you have competition!

Shadow has started showing us her playful side, rolling around and grabbing at toys. She’s so sweet it’s easy to see why Antonio adores her. Watch out Victoria, you have competition!

Guiseppe enjoys the early morning Spanish sunshine as he walks through a field of poppies

Guiseppe enjoys the early morning Spanish sunshine as he walks through a field of poppies

Guiseppe loves rummaging for new smells and sweet grasses to chew

Guiseppe loves rummaging for new smells and sweet grasses to chew

Arfa isn't really a chap to sniff around in the undergrowth, he's more keen on moseying about at his own gentle pace, keeping a lookout for anyone who might like to admire him!

Arfa isn’t really a chap to sniff around in the undergrowth, he’s more keen on moseying about at his own gentle pace, keeping a lookout for anyone who might like to admire him!

Arfa is always pleased to get back to his compartment after a walk and have a long cool drink of water

Arfa is always pleased to get back to his compartment after a walk and have a long cool drink of water

Multistorey storks! This must be what happens when you run out of space to build the home of your dreams, but the advantages doubtless include babysitters on tap.

Multistorey storks! This must be what happens when you run out of space to build the home of your dreams, but the advantages doubtless include babysitters on tap.

By |2017-05-09T08:37:15+00:00Thursday, May 1, 2014|animal transportation, pet travel by road, pets on holiday|0 Comments

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  1. onespoiledcat May 1, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Love the “stork highrise apartment building” and all the happy pups and cats – that cattery is lovely!!

    Pam

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      We were impressed when we first saw it and it’s still looking great. The stork high-rise was a hoot!

  2. Antonio May 1, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Oh guys, you´re almost finished! 🙂

    Yes, Shadow is so adorable…I have no idea how I’am gonna spend my spare-time between Victoria and Shadow…Both of them are so lovely to me…my two loves!!!! 😀 .

    Regards!

  3. fozziemum May 1, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    What lovely pictures and a gorgeous cattery…Pod is huge! and get me some panfur action anytime!! Arfu seems very comfy and casual indeed and bless Guiseppe …lucky he didn’t disappear in the grasses..all the babies gorgeous 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  4. easyweimaraner May 1, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Wow, Pod is a big cat! One of our neighbors became a beekepper too but last year they built new houses near his property and he had to give away the bees, because of the new people there. That was sad and we have to buy our honey now in the store :o)

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      That is such a shame! For your neighbour, you and the bees 🙁

      • easyweimaraner May 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        yes, that’s true. and all because they want to sell the new houses there… when money talks we have to be silent, how sad.

        • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

          If the fate of the bees doesn’t improve, we’ll all be in big trouble indeed…

  5. Lavinia Ross May 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    That Pod is one arm-load of cat! Beautiful photos, as always, of the animals and the countryside where you are.

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      He is a big chap! Always a pleasure walking dogs in this countryside.

  6. Jodi May 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    That Pod looks GINORMOUS. Is he really that big or is it the photo?

  7. scoochyourpooch May 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Before reading the post and just initially looking at the photo I thought “wow that’s a big cat” thinking maybe it was the photo angle, then laughed when you pointed it out in the first sentence 🙂 Thank you for sharing these awesome photos!

  8. baileyboatcat May 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Wow how cool to help the bees! Pod really is a big guy! Love the dogs too! Glad veryone is happy!

  9. Animalcouriers May 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Pod really is a big fellow. It’s great to see nature taking advantage of new man-made shapes!

  10. becomingcliche May 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Pod might just be the biggest cat I’ve ever seen!

  11. Misaki May 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    OMD Pod is so big!

  12. Audrey-58daydreams May 3, 2014 at 5:08 am - Reply

    What an amazing post of beautiful animals! 🙂

  13. Boomdeeadda May 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    The poppies photo’s are really gorgeous, just like Monet might have painted them. Luckily, when we travel we have a pet sitter who can come to our home but Jennifer’s place looks cozy. Each space looks very generous and clean.

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