Dogs often find a visit to the vet quite stressful, but it was the opposite for black Labrador Rufus. He travelled with Animalcouriers from Portugal to Scarborough where he was reunited with his owner, Ana, at the vet clinic where she is a nurse. As you can imagine, Rufus was both surprised and delighted to see Ana. And needless to say, all the clinic staff made a huge fuss of him.

From there we continued to Belsay, near Newcastle, to drop cats Athena and Jack at the family’s new home, a lovely farm cottage deep in the country. Athena and Jack will doubtless settle into the lifestyle of country cats very quickly.

Then it was off to collect handsome 14-years-young black cat Sam in Stockport. He’s moving with his devoted owners to a new home in the hills near Perpignan in France. To spare him the stress of the removal men, he’ll homeboard with Animalcouriers for a few days while his old house is packed up, and will then travel with us to France in early October, where his new home will be all ready for him.

Our final collection was eight-month-old Malamute Sky. He’s grown too large for his owner’s home, standing nearly a metre high at the shoulder. So she made the brave and wise decision to let her beloved dog move to live with her parents, who have a lovely big garden and lots of time to spend with him and to continue his training. And of course, plenty of opportunities for frequent visits!

Rufus reunited with Ana β€” a great reason to visit the vet

Rufus reunited with Ana β€” a great reason to visit the vet

Fiona and all the family were delighted to see Athena and Jack

Fiona and all the family were delighted to see Athena and Jack

Sam is a gregarious fellow with a wonderful purr, who loves to be lightly stroked along his back

Sam is a gregarious fellow with a wonderful purr, who loves to be lightly stroked along his back

Sam travels with a supply of his favourite sardines in tomato sauce. He was recently put on a fish-only diet but has been known to pop next door and help himself to the neighbour cat's meaty feasts!

Sam travels with a supply of his favourite sardines in tomato sauce. He was recently put on a fish-only diet but has been known to pop next door and help himself to the neighbour cat’s meaty feasts!

Sky en route to his new home with his grandparents

Sky en route to his new home with his grandparents