Animalcouriers has set off from the UK with pets on board who are heading to Spain and Portugal.

Our first stop was to collect Brockman and Muller in Wales. These two English Bulldogs — known affectionately as Slug and Slobber — are off to Cadiz in Spain, where their footballing owner has relocated to play for a Spanish team. They’re a fine pair of dogs with massive personalities and very charming smiley faces.

Lovely trio Spanish Water Dog Lola, Jack Russell Terrier Millie and Maine Coon Alfie joined us in Lancashire and are travelling with us to Portugal. With shiny new passports and smart haircuts all three were ready for the off when we arrived. We’ll be dropping them off for a short stay at Barking Mad Kennels until their owners arrive.

German Shepherd Dog Nanook met us at the door when we called in to collect her in Lincolnshire. She’s travelling with us to Seville in Spain, where her family are relocating. She’s a sweetheart of a dog who quickly made friends with Brockman and Muller. Nanook recently lost her canine companion and a new chum will be introduced to her in Spain when her family arrive to join her.

From there it was off to France, where we stopped near the southern town of Narbonne to collect Jackie’s three cats and two dogs. Over the years we’ve helped Jackie and family make a number of house moves. Around 11 years ago she moved from Wales to the Andalucia region of Spain with her four cats, then she relocated to France. Now four years later everyone’s heading to the Costa del Sol in Malaga to reconnect with old friends. Naturally some pets have come and gone over time. The current line-up — cats Blackie, Maisie and Madge, and dogs Coco and Derecha — will have a short stay in kennels while the final touches are put to their new Spanish home.

Muller gives us his best wink

Muller gives us his best wink

Brockman tries out for 'longest tongue'

Brockman tries out for ‘longest tongue’

They make a handsome pair

They make a handsome pair

Best mates Lola (behind) and Mille (front)

Best mates Lola (behind) and Mille (front)

Handsome floofy Alfie

Handsome floofy Alfie

Beautiful friendly Nanook

Beautiful friendly Nanook

Jackie's lovely dogs Coco and Derecha

Jackie’s lovely dogs Coco and Derecha

A big hug for Maisie

A big hug for Maisie

Madge has a darling black smudge on her nose

Madge has a darling black smudge on her nose

Blackie gets settled in for the trip south

Blackie gets settled in for the trip south