Animalcouriers delivered Jackie’s family of dogs Coco and Derecha and cats Blackie, Maisie and Madge to a kennels and cattery in Coin on the Costa del Sol. They’ll have a short stay here until their owners arrive at the end of the week and get all the furniture in place ready to welcome their pets to their new Spanish home.

In Seville we dropped German Shepherd Dog Nanook off at her kennels, where she’ll stay for a week or so until her owners join her. We know they’re missing her very much, but they can rest assured she’s in delightful surroundings with her own garden and lovely carers.

We stopped in Cadiz to drop off Brockman and Muller. These two English Bulldogs were very excited to reach their new home, where they were met by friends of their owner.

Then it was on to Portugal to deliver Alfie, Millie and Lola to Barking Mad Kennels and Cattery, where they’ll stay until their owners’ arrival. The scenery is very different from the rolling hills of Lancashire, with vividly coloured plants and fresh oranges and figs on the trees, and a lovely balmy climate.

Madge has a good look around

Madge has a good look around

Pretty Maisie

Pretty Maisie

Inquisitive Blackie

Inquisitive Blackie

Derecha and Coco

Derecha and Coco

Near Granada we encountered some freaky weather conditions. Thick clouds and bright sunshine one moment…

Near Granada we encountered some freaky weather conditions. Thick clouds and bright sunshine one moment…

…and then suddenly, Christmas — yes, that really is snow!

…and then suddenly, Christmas — yes, that really is snow!

Very excited Brockman and Muller — we will miss 'Slug and Slobber'!

Very excited Brockman and Muller — we will miss ‘Slug and Slobber’!

Jack Russell Millie and Spanish Water Dog Lola — Maine Coon Alfie escaped the photoshoot by heading straight out to play in the garden

Jack Russell Millie and Spanish Water Dog Lola — Maine Coon Alfie escaped the photoshoot by heading straight out to play in the garden

Millie having a good sniff about

Millie having a good sniff about

Lola enjoys the feel of the grass on her paws

Lola enjoys the feel of the grass on her paws

The usual traffic jams on Portugal's roads

The usual traffic jams on Portugal’s roads

Beautiful Portuguese colours…

Beautiful Portuguese colours…

…and heavily laden fruit trees

…and heavily laden fruit trees