Emer’s Shih Tzu Bolt joined our trip in Spain. This gentle fellow was brought to us in Marbella by Emer’s gardener. Bolt really enjoys a snuffle about while out walking.

In Portugal Animalcouriers collected Bingo and Smokey in the Castelo Branco area. These two lively dogs belong to Ben and his family, who have relocated to Doncaster. Antonio, Justine and Joanne have been taking care of them while the new home in the UK is prepared for their arrival.

Glamorous Cocker Spaniel Saphira also got on board near Castelo Branco. She hopped confidently into her travel compartment while Gisella told us all about her. Gisella and her husband are leading breeders of Cocker Spaniels, Doberman and Rough Collies.

Then we headed off to find Benji, who has been in the care of Ana. But our GPS wasn’t able to find the right address. Driving around, we spotted a woman walking a dog up the hill. Has to be Benji, we felt. So we wound down the window and found we had indeed come upon Ana and Benji.

Livia’s pretty little Chihuahuas Molly and Pipoca have also joined the journey. Within just half an hour we could hear these two letting the rest of our pasengers know that they may be the smallest on board, but they’re definitely in charge!

Bolt arrives to join our trip

Bolt arrives to join our trip

Bolt enjoys a morning walk

Bolt enjoys a morning walk

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

A gorgeous pair of reprobates — no wonder their family is so looking forward to having them back!

Saphira with her breeder Gisella

Saphira with her breeder Gisella

Saphira knows how to strike a pose

Saphira knows how to strike a pose

Ana with Benji, who belongs to Catia. Ana was sad to say goodbye, but Catia told us Benji is all her family and she is very excited about being reunited with him.

Ana with Benji, who belongs to Catia. Ana was sad to say goodbye, but Catia told us Benji is all her family and she is very excited about being reunited with him.

Handsome Benji!

Handsome Benji!

Pipoca (L) and Molly (R) with Papa Neves

Pipoca (L) and Molly (R) with Papa Neves

Molly is Pipoca's mum

Molly is Pipoca’s mum

Crunch and Star looking very excited because courier M is offering biscuits. Nom, nom!

Crunch and Star looking very excited because courier M is offering biscuits. Nom, nom!