Following a house fire, Joan and her six dogs and 10 cats have relocated from County Leitrim in Ireland to Valencia in Spain. The dogs and cats are all delightful, friendly creatures who took to travelling with Animalcouriers like ducks to water.

As you may imagine, moving such a large family poses quite a few logistical challenges. One issue was that it wasn’t possible to match Joan’s arrival date and ours. Fortunately, we found the Casa Antigua kennels and cattery in Denia, that could take Joan’s pets until she gets to Valencia. Run by Mel and Sue, it’s a fabulous place for dogs and cats to stay. We were particularly impressed by their kindly attitude and their obvious love of working with animals.

The dogs have their own compound with beds dotted about, shady places to snooze, and space to dash about when they want to. Lots of cuddles and a meal were on offer, too. And the cats got the top floor of the house with their very own rooftop garden. There are places to hide and jump, and plenty of food, water and litter trays.

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy's travelling companion

Teddy’s travelling companion

Joan brings us a ginger-and-white puss

Joan brings us a ginger-and-white puss

And another

And another

This lively pair have three eyes and seven legs between them!

This lively pair have three eyes and seven legs between them!

One of the pretty torties

One of the pretty torties

And another

And another

Peanut supervises the boarding process

Peanut supervises the boarding process

These two are happy to share a bedroom

These two are happy to share a bedroom

Biggest dog Tara (a Great Dane) is travelling with littlest dog Katie

Biggest dog Tara (a Great Dane) is travelling with littlest dog Katie

Kissy kissy!

Kissy kissy!

Nom nom!

Nom nom!

The two collies

The two collies

The cats' rooftop garden at Casa Antigua kennels and cattery

The cats’ rooftop garden at Casa Antigua kennels and cattery

Lots of intriguing spaces to explore

Lots of intriguing spaces to explore

A great vantage point

A great vantage point

Comfy indoor space

Comfy indoor space

The dogs' outdoor run

The dogs’ outdoor run

A cuddle from Sue

A cuddle from Sue

Teddy gets in on the act

Teddy gets in on the act

Time for kisses now!

Time for kisses now!

Tara settles in with a chin scratch

Tara settles in with a chin scratch

Team photo

Team photo