On our return from Crete we called back in at the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens to collect two dogs, Stratis and Sebastian, who are travelling with Animalcouriers to new homes in the UK.

Young Stratis was found abandoned in central Athens with his ears cut to make him look like a Doberman, and two broken legs. The shelter nursed him back to health and everyone who’s looked after him has completely fallen for him. Now he’s on his way to his forever home with Vivienne in Brighton.

Sebastian, still only eight months old and growing, also had trouble with his legs. He was found as a stray pup, only a month old. As well as severe mange, he had poor muscle development which made his legs look bowed. The vet recommended lots of gentle walks to build up the muscles — which is where Jenny came in. She was combining a holiday with two weeks of helping out at the shelter, and the task of walking Sebastian fell to her. Not only did Sebastian’s legs straighten, but he and Jenny bonded completely. When he became available for adoption, Jenny’s mum arranged it for her as a surprise birthday present.

At Kostas near Porto Cheli we met up with English Bull Terrier Penelope who belongs to Matt and Sophie. She travelled out to Greece with us in April and has spent the whole summer in Spetzes, making friends with other dogs and playing on the beach every day. Now she’s on her way back to Surrey.

Stratis won the hearts of Kiki, Martha (here), Marguerita and the rest of the team at Filozoikos

Stratis won the hearts of Kiki, Martha (here), Marguerita and the rest of the team at Filozoikos

Stratis and Sebastian have a quick play in the car park

Stratis and Sebastian have a quick play in the car park

 Martha and Marguerite attaching the special goodbye collar that all the dogs get, and telling Stratis to be a good boy in England

Martha and Marguerite attaching the special goodbye collar that all the dogs get, and telling Stratis to be a good boy in England

Sebastian checking out his accommodation in our van

Sebastian checking out his accommodation in our van

Looks like it's been a lovely relaxing summer for Penelope and her family

Looks like it’s been a lovely relaxing summer for Penelope and her family

Penelope on board

Penelope on board

Matt taking photos of Penelope and all her travel companions

Matt taking photos of Penelope and all her travel companions

Faris brings us Forcy

Faris brings us Forcy

Forcy looking a bit cross at being 'abandoned' by Faris, but we'll sure he'll soon settle in to the journey

Forcy looking a bit cross at being ‘abandoned’ by Faris, but we’ll sure he’ll soon settle in to the journey

Nikolas brings us Suzana

Nikolas brings us Suzana

Suzana is quite a character dog. She's trying to pretend she's not interested in us. She ignored the Bonio courier M gave her then, when he turned away, she couldn't resist a quick bite. Caught you in the act, Suzana!

Suzana is quite a character dog. She’s trying to pretend she’s not interested in us. She ignored the Bonio courier M gave her then, when he turned away, she couldn’t resist a quick bite. Caught you in the act, Suzana!