Yesterday morning we met collected Sky from Abbi in Ayamonte in the Huelva region of Spain. You will see from the photos that Sky wasn’t playing ball when it came to photo time!

Later we crossed the border into the south of Portugal, where we we caught up with Lynne and her friend at Ourique, where Lynne’s terrier Dawn joined our trip. They’re returning to England after a spell working in Odemira.

Then we headed north towards the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to collect Luna. This little dog flew with Gina from Rio de Janeira, and is now completing the remainder of her journey by road with Animalcouriers, to the Reigate area of England where we’ll deliver her to Gina’s daughter Rafaella. Gina is following on with friends.

We hadn't been able to get a hotel room, but looking online, found a promotional deal at the Parador in Ayamonte. Paradors are a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a historic building such as a monastery or castle in Spain. What a treat for us!

We hadn’t been able to get a hotel room, but looking online, found a promotional deal at the Parador in Ayamonte. Paradors are a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a historic building such as a monastery or castle in Spain. What a treat for us!

Lili enjoying the view on her walk, stopping and taking it all in

Lili enjoying the view on her walk, stopping and taking it all in

This was Lili's view, over the estuary in Ayamonte

This was Lili’s view, over the estuary in Ayamonte

Look, that puppy's back! says Pete to Mia as they peer into their water bowl

Look, that puppy’s back! says Pete to Mia as they peer into their water bowl

We're like parents with new babies. Do you think they'll wake in the night? we asked ourselves. Not a bit of it. They slept through and woke up ravenous!

We’re like parents with new babies. Do you think they’ll wake in the night? we asked ourselves. Not a bit of it. They slept through and woke up ravenous!

When we asked for a photo, Sky just wasn't interested!

When we asked for a photo, Sky just wasn’t interested!

Not that way either, Sky!

Not that way either, Sky!

OK, Sky, have it your way!

OK, Sky, have it your way!

Dawn gets a goodbye hug from Lynne

Dawn gets a goodbye hug from Lynne

Dawn's lovely wiry coat (and slightly camera-shy look!)

Dawn’s lovely wiry coat (and slightly camera-shy look!)

Luna with Gina and courier M

Luna with Gina and courier M

Stork lookout, guarding eggs

Stork lookout, guarding eggs

Seen in Vigo, north west Spain, a remarkable statue of horses galloping up what looks like a spine. Created by Xoán Xosé Oliveira, it's a tribute to the wild horses which used to roam the nearby Monte do Castro.

Seen in Vigo, north west Spain, a remarkable statue of horses galloping up what looks like a spine. Created by Xoán Xosé Oliveira, it’s a tribute to the wild horses which used to roam the nearby Monte do Castro.