Animalcouriers visited one of our favourite French catteries to pick up character cat Cliquot. When the cattery owner opened the door of Cliquot’s unit and called his name, out popped a handsome tabby head from a little wooden cat house, followed by the rest of Cliquot. Very obediently he joined us in the doorway where he was quickly scooped up and we were on our way in under a minute.

We collected handsome Collie Shep near Clermont Ferrand in central France for his journey to the UK. Although he’s 15, he doesn’t look his age at all; he’s just a little deaf and his eyesight is perhaps not what it once was. His family Nathan, Leann, five-year-old Joshua and baby twins Chloe and Lachlan were all on hand to see him off. Shep will home-board with Animalcouriers for a few weeks until the new family home is ready for him.

Pepita joined our trip near Geneva in Switzerland. We were expecting a Mini Pinscher so thought for a moment we had the wrong dog! It turned out her mum was a Mini Pinscher so Pepita is part Mini Pinscher and a very pretty girl indeed.

Confident Cliquot watches the dogs being walked. From the look on his face, the mantra 'be more dog' must have been running through his mind!

Confident Cliquot watches the dogs being walked. From the look on his face, the mantra ‘be more dog’ must have been running through his mind!

Le Jardin de Chats, where Cliquot stayed near Montpellier

Le Jardin de Chats, where Cliquot stayed near Montpellier

Shep gets a goodbye hug from Joshua

Shep gets a goodbye hug from Joshua

Shep looking cute on a gentle walk

Shep looking cute on a gentle walk

Courier M takes a selfie with Rommel

Courier M takes a selfie with Rommel

Rommel proudly carries a Rommel-sized stick

Rommel proudly carries a Rommel-sized stick

Leo found a tennis ball during his walk and immediately set about showing off his considerable throwing, catching and dribbling skills. Bella was keen to join in and watched carefully as the pro demonstrated his talents.

Leo found a tennis ball during his walk and immediately set about showing off his considerable throwing, catching and dribbling skills. Bella was keen to join in and watched carefully as the pro demonstrated his talents. He was so quick with the ball that we couldn’t get a photo until he stopped for a breather!

Leo found a tennis ball during his walk and immediately set about showing off his considerable throwing, catching and dribbling skills. Bella was keen to join in and watched carefully as the pro demonstrated his talents.

Bella’s attention is completely caught by Leo’s antics

Bob explaining to courier J that if only he could sit with her on the front seat, Animalcouriers would be able to benefit from his first-class map-reading skills!

Bob explaining to courier J that if only he could sit with her on the front seat, Animalcouriers would be able to benefit from his first-class map-reading skills!

Pepita in the Swiss sunshine with Ines and Jose who've been looking after her since her owner Andy left for the UK

Pepita in the Swiss sunshine with Ines and Jose who’ve been looking after her since her owner Andy left for the UK

Is this my best side? All your sides are your best sides, Pepita!

Is this my best side? All your sides are your best sides, Pepita!

Roses in the early morning sun

Roses in the early morning sun

Some very steep vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône, where the hillsides are studded with the wine-growers' names. Given the incline, we can only imagine the grapes are cared for and harvested by hand, rather than by machine. We enjoyed our very own 'dégustation' of the local Côte-Rôtie to wash down our supper-time pizzas.

Some very steep vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône, where the hillsides are studded with the wine-growers’ names. Given the incline, we can only imagine the grapes are cared for and harvested by hand, rather than by machine. We enjoyed our very own ‘dégustation’ of the local Côte-Rôtie to wash down our supper-time pizzas.

Stuck behind a very shiny tanker, the Animalcouriers van looks like it's coming through a porthole!

Stuck behind a very shiny tanker, the Animalcouriers van looks like it’s coming through a porthole!