Animalcouriers crossed the water from Sweden to Denmark where we called on Lisa, Andy and Jessica to collect their dog Cha, who was adopted by them when she was a street dog in Greece. The family is now returning from Denmark to the UK, and Cha is going on ahead with us to avoid the removal chaos. She’ll stay at a kennels in West Sussex until the new family home is ready.
The it was on to Esbjerg to collect four pets from Bill, who’s had a long association with Denmark but is now returning to Aberdeenshire in Scotland. His dogs Jensen and Viggo were two pups from a litter of 17 born following an accidental romance between a Border Collie and a Golden Retriever. Cats Wally and Casper live amiably with these two gentle dogs.
Last night we stopped just south of the German city of Hamburg. The hotel was in a quiet little town and the dogs enjoyed an evening stroll past the cemetery full of azaleas and other flowering shrubs. This morning, however, we were rudely awoken by clanging machinery and lusty Teutonic lungs as a bunch of workmen set about resurfacing the road.
Wide awake(!) we set off for the Netherlands to pick up Joshua’s rabbit Macadamia, or Maccy for short. He’s travelling with us from the Amsterdam area to Surrey. Joshua was very worried about his pet rabbit travelling without him, but we promise to take good care of Maccy and give him plenty of cuddles.
Last to get on board were cats Bruno and Pierre Joseph, who’ve been staying with Christina at her lovely canalside apartment in Amsterdam. Pierre Joseph was easy to catch as he was hiding under a settee cover, and was introduced as an anonymous lump. Bruno, on the other hand, was hiding under Christina’s bed. It took some patient coaxing (on our part) and plenty of growling and hissing (on Bruno’s part) to get him ready to travel. They’re now on their way to rejoin their owner Mircea in London.