Yesterday Animalcouriers took Utonagan Layla to London Heathrow to catch her flight to Grand Cayman. It’s the first time we’ve met this breed — a cross between a German Shepherd, a Husky and a Malamute that creates beautiful, gentle dogs, if Layla is anything to go by. The name ‘Utonagan’ comes from a Chinook Indian tale and means ‘spirit of the wolf’. Although these dogs look quite wolf like, there’s no wolf in them at all.

Layla’s owner, who has been studying at Glasgow University in Scotland, retuned to Grand Cayman at the end of the academic year, and now Layla is off to rejoin her. Layla spent a few weeks in kennels in Lanark — a familiar holiday home for her during university vacations. Kennel owners Jim and Angela were there to wave her off, quite sad to see her go as they’ve become very fond of her.

Today it was an early start for little Charles, another interesting cross breed. He’s part Shih Tzu, part Jack Russell Terrier and, at just a year old, is super cuddly. Animalcouriers arranged his flight to Houston and we were at the airport to check him in and put the finishing touches to his paperwork.

Charles is off to rejoin his owner who has been studying fashion at Goldsmiths College in London. Charles, named after Charles Dickens, has been her constant companion during the academic year and will be setting paw in the US for the first time in his life.

Lovely laid-back Layla

Lovely laid-back Layla

Cheeky chappie Charles

Cheeky chappie Charles