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.

Our crossing from Helsingborg in Sweden to Helsingor in Denmark was on the appropriately named MS Hamlet

Our crossing from Helsingborg in Sweden to Helsingor in Denmark was on the appropriately named MS Hamlet

In descending order: Lisa, Jessica, Andy and Cha

In descending order: Lisa, Jessica, Andy and Cha

Cha can be a little nervous, but over a cup of coffee and a chat she gave courier M her reserved approval and a friendly lick. Here she is enjoying a leg stretch and showing us how beautiful she is.

Cha can be a little nervous, but over a cup of coffee and a chat she gave courier M her reserved approval and a friendly lick. Here she is enjoying a leg stretch and showing us how beautiful she is.

Viggo and Jensen look like a Golden Retrievers who've been dunked in a bath of paint! It would be interesting to see how the rest of the litter turned out.

Viggo and Jensen look like a Golden Retrievers who’ve been dunked in a bath of paint! It would be interesting to see how the rest of the litter turned out.

Jenson, you'll have to do better than that for the 'longest tongue' contest

Jenson, you’ll have to do better than that for the ‘longest tongue’ contest

Viggo is a handsome fellow

Viggo is a handsome fellow

Jensen shows us his fine teeth

Jensen shows us his fine teeth

Cash looking very cute…

Cash looking very cute…

…chewing on his lead…

…chewing on his lead…

…and beating Jensen hands down for 'longest tongue'!

…and beating Jensen hands down for ‘longest tongue’!

Wally wondering if he can pack the kitchen sink

Wally wondering if he can pack the kitchen sink

Casper having a goodbye cuddle

Casper having a goodbye cuddle

Big bunny Maccy knows something's up, and makes a bid for freedom…

Big bunny Maccy knows something’s up, and makes a bid for freedom…

The chase is on!

The chase is on!

Maccy is soon recaptured and gets a big, reassuring cuddle from Joshua

Maccy is soon recaptured and gets a big, reassuring cuddle from Joshua

Joshua and his mum Mabelle bid Maccy a fond goodbye

Joshua and his mum Mabelle bid Maccy a fond goodbye

Handsome, slightly grumpy Bruno

Handsome, slightly grumpy Bruno

Handsome, very cooperative Pierre Joseph

Handsome, very cooperative Pierre Joseph

Canalside life in the Dutch city of Amsterdam

Canalside life in the Dutch city of Amsterdam

A kind of waterborne street sweeping arrangement spotted on the canal. The two chaps on board were bellowing along to 'Down Under' by Men at Work. One of courier M's favourite tunes, but you really don't expect to hear Dutch bargees singing about Vegemite!

A kind of waterborne street sweeping arrangement spotted on the canal. The two chaps on board were bellowing along to ‘Down Under’ by Men at Work. One of courier M’s favourite tunes, but you really don’t expect to hear Dutch bargees singing about Vegemite!