Frank is reunited, Bella flies to the US, and nine cats head to their UK homes

Frank is reunited, Bella flies to the US, and nine cats head to their UK homes

At the Eurotunnel pet reception, dogs Frank and Bella, and cats Tumble, Walt and Jess, who travelled with us from Scandinavia and Germany sailed through their paperwork checks. Unfortunately technical problems delayed our train for a couple of hours, but Frank and Bella didn’t mind too much — it gave them more time to stretch their legs in the doggy exercise area!

When we reached the UK, Frank was whisked off for delivery to Daniel by a fellow courier, while courier S delivered Bella to the Animalcouriers base in Surrey. Bella homeboarded with us overnight before heading to the airport for her flight to the US.

Yesterday courier S was back on the road with a full feline contingent. On board were Tumble from Denmark and Walt and Jess from Berlin, along with Prince and Jazz who travelled with us from Belfast a couple of weeks ago, new faces Asian and McTat, and ‘Omani bin boys’ Syko and Nero whose travels you may have read about before.

Having homeboarded with Animalcouriers since they reached England, black beauties Prince and Jazz arrived at their new country home in Hertfordshire, where their new parents — friends of their original family — greeted them warmly. With new toys, comfy beds, yummy food and plenty of cuddles on offer, this pair look look set to be very happy in their new life.

With impeccable timing, we arrived at Jess and Walt’s home in Sheffield just as their owner Hannah pulled up, having just jetted in from Berlin. Hannah’s parents had welcomed her at the airport with balloons, but the two cats weren’t at all sure they wanted to play with them!

Then it was off to deliver handsome ginger tabby Asian and calico McTat to their new home with Kate. These two hail from south London, but when their owner moved house she couldn’t take them with her. Fortunately her cousin Kate stepped in, and offered them a new home with her in Rotherham. Asian and McTat know Kate well so it won’t take them long to settle in.

Still in Yorkshire, we delivered Syko and Nero to their new home. These handsome black-and-white cats are well travelled, having started life in Oman where they were lucky enough be adopted off the streets by Carol and her husband. From Oman they moved to Australia, and now the whole family has returned to the UK, settling in Saddleworth. The boys reached first, and have been kept amused by regular parcels of toys and goodies sent from Oz. Although Nero is quite a gentle fellow, Syko is a rather different kettle of fish. Luckily Carol and her husband are devoted to them, and have been studying animal psychology to understand how to work with Syko to make him tamer and improve his social skills.

With Tumble still on board, we stopped for the night south of Glasgow, where the Commonwealth Games are in full swing. Tumble will continue her journey towards Dundee on Friday.

Frank found a patch of pretty flowers that set off his black-and-white colouring perfectly

Frank found a patch of pretty flowers that set off his black-and-white colouring perfectly

Bella opted for a more monochrome background for her walk

Bella opted for a more monochrome background for her walk

Bella made herself at home straight away, checking out the kitchen, sipping from the residents' water bowl, and exploring courier J's office

Bella made herself at home straight away, checking out the kitchen, sipping from the residents’ water bowl, and exploring courier J’s office

After a good old stretch, Bella waited patiently for her nighttime snack, then took herself off to bed. What a good girl!

After a good old stretch, Bella waited patiently for her nighttime snack, then took herself off to bed. What a good girl!

Prince and Jazz a bit uncertain for the first few seconds in their new home

Prince and Jazz a bit uncertain for the first few seconds in their new home

Prince is soon won over by all the new toys to play with

Prince is soon won over by all the new toys to play with

Jazz gets a cuddle and a chin scritch

Jazz gets a cuddle and a chin scritch

Jess is pleased to reach Hannah in Sheffield

Jess is pleased to reach Hannah in Sheffield

Walt looks ready to take on the world

Walt looks ready to take on the world

Asian regally checking out his new pad

Asian regally checking out his new pad

McTat taking a few more moments before she's ready to explore Kate's house

McTat taking a few more moments before she’s ready to explore Kate’s house

Syko give us his 'don't mess with me' look

Syko give us his ‘don’t mess with me’ look

Nero is ready to pounce from on high

Nero is ready to pounce from on high

A well appointed playroom for Syko and Nero

A well appointed playroom for Syko and Nero

Tumble settles in for a relaxing evening — sweet dreams of haggis running around the moors, perhaps?

Tumble settles in for a relaxing evening — sweet dreams of haggis running around the moors, perhaps?

28 Comments

  1. Will and Eko Jul 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    You guys are certainly keeping busy this summer!

    • Animalcouriers Jul 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      It has been a bit hectic but we’re all having a bit of time off now for good behaviour 😉

  2. Love the photos!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  3. easyweimaraner Jul 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure if I would be brave enough to enter the tunnel after they had technical problems. As comfy as it sounds that thingy is scary when they close that bulkhead-thingies :o( (yes, I’m the queen of all chickens) Bella is great and smart… to check the kitchen first is very important :o)

    • Animalcouriers Aug 1, 2014 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Guess we all get quite used to the shuttle but the blaring horn and flashing light could be scary 😉 Bella had it all sussed in no time at all!

  4. Cristina Cañizares Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    🙂

  5. Jovina Coughlin Jul 31, 2014 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Nothing beats getting home after a long trip.

  6. petspeopleandlife Aug 1, 2014 at 5:37 am - Reply

    “A whole lot of pet movign going on.” Love the girl Bella- really a sweet dog. And the cats are all so cute. You guys have the best job possible.

    • Animalcouriers Aug 1, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Yes, it’s a very busy time for people and pets moving around the world. We’re having a little time off for good behaviour now 😉

  7. Gunta Aug 1, 2014 at 6:17 am - Reply

    That’s quite a playroom for Syko and Nero.

    • Animalcouriers Aug 1, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

      After all their moving around it must be great for them to have such a splendid room all for themselves!

  8. fozziemum Aug 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Great shots of beautiful pets…Frank…well..i got me a crush ..and I think Syko is with the right peeps to help with his issues…so sad that he has some little problems…but hey who amongst us doesn’t 😉 hugs and safe travels to all Fozziemum xx

    • Animalcouriers Aug 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Syko does indeed have a few issues but he’s certainly with people who care.

      • fozziemum Aug 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        Poor darling 🙁 xx

        • Carol Aug 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

          update from Syko, he say’s he is well settled and back to his cute self. We have to prise him off the couch (from the lap). We managed to trim his nails and he is purring all the time! 🙂

          • fozziemum Aug 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

            Brilliant 🙂 way to go little guy : )

  9. Marty the Manx Aug 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Wow what a busy run! Great group of pics! Really love the ones of Bella!
    Marty and Mom

  10. Boomdeeadda Aug 2, 2014 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Wowie kazowie, is anyone at all staying home? I’m hearing that song, “you green alligators and long monkeys, some humpty back camels and some chimpanzees”. Busy Busy times. What a gorgeous place Frank found to walk, I bet that was so beautiful. Sending virtual tummy rubs for Bella. Tumble is the cutest name for a kitty. We’re onto a long weekend, with good weather in the forecast. Summer has been warmer than usual here. Hope you’re all staying cool

    • Animalcouriers Aug 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Yup, it sure was a busy time but we’re all having a little time off for good behaviour 😉 Glad you’ve had it warm – a mixed bag here.

  11. crazytraintotinkytown Aug 3, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

    It makes me dizzy just reading your schedules

  12. Steve Aug 4, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Many thanks for delivering Tumble safe and sound from Denmark to Scotland. She has already settled in and absolutley loving her new surroundings. She has lots of fun places to go exploring in the Scottish countryside. Again many thanks

    • Animalcouriers Aug 4, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hi Steve, thanks for letting us know that Tumble settled so quickly. She really was a very calm traveller – ready to take everything in her stride! Now for the fun of the Scottish countryside – lucky thing.

  13. Nylabluesmum Sep 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Izn’t dat Bella sumfing else?? What a cute poochie!
    We figurez by now all da kittehz n poochiez are home safelee…
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too xxxx

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