Animalcouriers met up with Giuliano in Rome to collect his daughter’s cat, First Loki. Lara is living and working in London, and now First Loki is off to join her. We really enjoyed meeting Giuliano, who was interesting and good fun to talk to. He insisted on handing First Loki to us personally, and had a quick chat with all the other pets on board before kissing First Loki goodbye.

Then it was on to Pucci to collect gorgeous four-month-old Spinone puppies Fanny and Robin. Originally bred as gun dogs, Spinones are loyal, friendly and alert dogs with a gentle and affectionate temperament. These two bundles of fur and legs are on their way to Tracey and Tina in the UK.

Giuliano makes sure his daughter's beautiful cat, First Loki, gets a proper send-off

Giuliano makes sure his daughter’s beautiful cat, First Loki, gets a proper send-off

Fanny (red) and Robin (brown) are eagerly awaited in the UK by Tracey and Tina respectively

Fanny (red) and Robin (brown) are eagerly awaited in the UK by Tracey and Tina respectively

The two puppies enjoy a stroll

The two puppies enjoy a stroll

Robin comes up for a cuddle

Robin comes up for a cuddle

Fanny gives us a cute look

Fanny gives us a cute look

We found ourselves in the cyclamen-growing area of italy — wonderful bright reds, magentas and pinks, offset by white

We found ourselves in the cyclamen-growing area of italy — wonderful bright reds, magentas and pinks, offset by white

We enjoyed home-made desserts including pistachio, white chocolate, chocolate from South America and nuts at Bislakko in Milan. We received a warm welcome and were able to park our van safely in the garden behind electronic gates.

We enjoyed home-made desserts including pistachio, white chocolate, chocolate from South America and nuts at Bislakko in Milan. We received a warm welcome and were able to park our van safely in the garden behind electronic gates.

Oscar showing off his Pointer background. He was a little travel sick at first but is completely over it now, very chilled out and waggy tailed.

Oscar showing off his Pointer background. He was a little travel sick at first but is completely over it now, very chilled out and waggy tailed.

Daisy and Annie catch sight of each other's reflection — they had a quick bark but soon got over it

Daisy and Annie catch sight of each other’s reflection — they had a quick bark but soon got over it

Stratis looking particularly handsome

Stratis looking particularly handsome

Darius tries out for 'longest tongue'

Darius tries out for ‘longest tongue’

Suzana, who weighs all of four kilos, was described to us by Papa as he handed her over as being 'for security'. For a couple of days we struggled to get near her as she seemed determined to eat us! Finally, armed with a jar of frankfurter sausages and various protective coverings, courier M managed to clip a couple of leads on her and get her out on to the grass — where she was transformed from a howling banshee to a cute and curious little dog.

Suzana, who weighs all of four kilos, was described to us by Papa as he handed her over as being ‘for security’. For a couple of days we struggled to get near her as she seemed determined to eat us! Finally, armed with a jar of frankfurter sausages and various protective coverings, courier M managed to clip a couple of leads on her and get her out on to the grass — where she was transformed from a howling banshee to a cute and curious little dog.

Suzana's transformation complete, she now climbs into courier M's arms and has joined the 'walk me first' chorus!

Suzana’s transformation complete, she now climbs into courier M’s arms and has joined the ‘walk me first’ chorus!