The latest Animalcouriers trip to southern Europe has set off, with pets on board from Ireland and Scotland.

In Dublin we met up with Donal who brought us his very beautiful Samoyed Siku. Donal and his family, including children Finn and Anjae, are relocating to the Toulouse area of France. Donal told us that Siku loves people, which is indeed the case — Siku dashed about between us all, looking for strokes and pats, or perhaps even a treat.

Black cat Bastille was supposed to accompany Siku but had gone AWOL. So having left Siku with us, Donal dashed back home to see if Bastille had shown up. We soon received a call saying the cat had returned home for breakfast, thinking the danger had passed. Donal quickly scooped up Bastille and dashed down the M4 towards Sligo to meet us en route for Belfast to catch the ferry to Cairnryan.

In Scotland we met up with Elizabeth in Dumfries, who brought us her cat Poppy. Poppy is off to live with Elizabeth’s daughter Fiona in Burgess Hill. Although Elizabeth was sad to say goodbye to Poppy, she’s pleased to know Poppy will be staying in the family.

And in Glasgow we collected cats Pixel and Basil, who’ve been staying with our colleagues at Pets on the Move since Yvonne left Fife for the Charente region of France.

With Siku, Bastille, Poppy, Pixel and Basil on board, we headed south towards Dover to catch the ferry to France. We met up with courier R in the pouring rain to hand Poppy to him to complete her journey to Burgess Hill. Courier R, who you may remember is very involved with badger welfare and rescue, had been contacted to collect a young female badger who’d been injured by a car, and needed taking to Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, Surrey. So he made a brief detour to do that before delivering Poppy to Fiona.

Donal with super-floofy Siku

Donal with super-floofy Siku

Siku ready to get on board

Siku ready to get on board

Donal arriving with escapee Bastille

Donal arriving with escapee Bastille

Elizabeth with Poppy

Elizabeth with Poppy

Pretty Poppy settles in for the journey

Pretty Poppy settles in for the journey

Handsome Basil exploring his surroundings at Pets on the Move

Handsome Basil exploring his surroundings at Pets on the Move

Pretty Pixel likes to know what's going on around her

Pretty Pixel likes to know what’s going on around her

The young badger heading to Wildlife Aid — we wish her all the best for a complete recovery

The young badger heading to Wildlife Aid — we wish her all the best for a complete recovery