Pumba and Animalcouriers set off yesterday morning after a typical Danish breakfast of a pastry and coffee. We crossed from Denmark to Sweden via the majestic Øresund Bridge. If you follow Nordic Noir TV crime dramas, you’ll know just which bridge we mean. Despite the haunting theme from the series in question running through our minds as we crossed, we saw no bodies or sinking ships.

Madeleine and Paul and their daughter seemed very pleased when they met up with us to collect Pumba. Even Paul was quite smitten — despite attempts to play it all down, he certainly gave Pumba a very long cuddle. A loving family with a young daughter to make a fuss of him is perfect for this energetic little dog.

Then it was on to collect Hovawart puppy Cash. We think his name must be short for ‘Cashmere’ as he has the softest coat we’ve ever felt on a dog. He’s from Olsfors, near Gothenburg, and we are transporting him to the Cambrigdeshire area of England, where Louise is eagerly awaiting him. He’s a very calm boy and, as long as you speak Swedish, is very obedient, too.

‘Hovawart’ means ‘estate guard dog’ which is how these dogs were originally used. It’s an ancient breed that’s described in text and paintings from medieval times. They are said to make excellent, devoted family dogs.

One of the outrageous breakfast pastries the Danish are known for

One of the outrageous breakfast pastries the Danish are known for

The rather empty Øresund Bridge

The rather empty Øresund Bridge

Pumba and courier M stopped by a Swedish lake for a lunchbreak and a stroll

Pumba and courier M stopped by a Swedish lake for a lunchbreak and a stroll

Madeleine and her daughter Amy with Pumba

Madeleine and her daughter Amy with Pumba

A different bridge — this one is near Olsfors, close to where we collected Cash

A different bridge — this one is near Olsfors, close to where we collected Cash

Handsome young Cash enjoying a sunny walk, looking around and sniffing new things

Handsome young Cash enjoying a sunny walk, looking around and sniffing new things

Is this my best side?

Is this my best side?