Fluffy black-and-white puss Nina has joined Animalcouriers in Italy. She’s travelling with us to London to rejoin her owner who is studying there. To keep her looking and feeling her best, Nina is travelling with her own hair brush and a bag of her favourite nibbles!

Less fluffy — but marvellously mustachioed — black-and-white cat Jed has also joined our trip, travelling with his Australian Sheepdog chum Casey. Their final destination is Dublin in Ireland, where the family is relocating to be close to their Irish family. Both cat and dog are very relaxed and friendly — the perfect passengers!

We then called in to collect Maltese Shih Tzu cross Heidi and Chihuahua Bob, who’ve been in the tender care of Isabel, waiting to move to London to rejoin their owner. Isabel was rather sad to see them go but knows their owner will give them the warmest of welcomes when they’re reunited in the UK.

In Florence we collected Mucha the Whippet, whose owner is flying to the UK and will be there to greet him when he arrives. Apparently Mucha enjoys stealing food — more for the fun of it than actually wanting to eat it. His owner warned us to keep a firm hold on our sandwiches!

Lovely tabby cat Uma is a last-minute addition to our trip, and very beautiful and lively at the age of 14. Her owner, Jo, contacted us a couple of days ago when she realised she needed to get Uma back to the UK. Jo is originally from Dublin and that will be their final destination. In the meantime, Uma will be in the care of Jo’s aunt in England.

Super fluffy Nina gets a goodbye hug

Super fluffy Nina gets a goodbye hug

Nina all snuggled up for her journey

Nina all snuggled up for her journey

Gentleman Jed

Gentleman Jed

A closer look at Jed's wonderful tache

A closer look at Jed’s wonderful tache

Casey gets a proper send-off

Casey gets a proper send-off

Heidi (L) and Bob (R) with Isabel who has been taking wonderful care of them

Heidi (L) and Bob (R) with Isabel who has been taking wonderful care of them

Cat at our hotel, checking out the Animalcouriers action

Cat at our hotel, checking out the Animalcouriers action

Heidi shows off her fabulous collar…

Heidi shows off her fabulous collar…

…as does Bob, as they wait patiently for their parasite treatment at the vet's

…as does Bob, as they wait patiently for their parasite treatment at the vet’s

Cooper was a little nervous, but soon reassured by the meaty flavour of the parasite treatment…

Cooper was a little nervous, but soon reassured by the meaty flavour of the parasite treatment…

…and a tummy rub!

…and a tummy rub!

The meaty treatment went down well with Casey, too

The meaty treatment went down well with Casey, too

Slow traffic as we headed into Florence

Slow traffic as we headed into Florence

The rather gorgeous Mucha

The rather gorgeous Mucha

Uma in the arms of Jo

Uma in the arms of Jo