Cats, Spaniels and Shidoodles are heading to Europe

Cats, Spaniels and Shidoodles are heading to Europe

Animalcouriers set off today with pets on board bound for Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal.

Edie is a Kooikerhondje, a small Spaniel-type breed of dog. She’s off to join her owner Ben in Geneva, where he’s taken a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ for a month’s run. Edie tells us she’s very much looking forward to having a look around that fine Swiss city.

Also travelling with us is Clumber Spaniel puppy Bibi. Just 16 weeks old, she was bred by Hilda whose kennels win some of the top awards in the Clumber Spaniel world. Bibi is moving to France to live with Alexandra and Flinders, another Clumber we transported for her a few years ago. Alexandra reckons smart young Bibi will be a great playmate for Flinders.

On board are three cats who are relocating to different parts of southern France. Siamese Barley is moving from Essex to Salazac in the south east. He’s a highly individual character who spends all day chatting and recounting stories. We’ll share any choice snippets as we go along!

Stunning tabby cat Bob is moving with his owner Ruth slightly further south west, to the town of Narbonne, in search of a lifestyle change. Ruth is quite sure that when Bob arrives and gets settled in, he’ll give the new arrangements his wholehearted approval. And shiny black Sam is swapping Stockport for Caramany, near Perpignan, which is even closer to the border with Spain. He likes nothing better than a lovely long head scratch.

Cuddly Shidoodle dogs Taz and Milo belong to Stuart, who’s relocating from London to join his mum in Moraira in Spain.

Our final passengers from the UK are Vera and Pedro’s four cats, who travelled with us last year from Portugal and are now on their way back to the town of Loule. Pedro has gone on ahead, and Vera will join them once she’s finished her psychology degree.

Sweet Edie waits patiently for the off at our Surrey base, surrounded by our grocery shopping for various friends on the continent

Sweet Edie waits patiently for the off at our Surrey base, surrounded by our grocery shopping for various friends on the continent

Edie at Calais this morning…

Edie at Calais this morning…

…very keen to get us to have a look at the special tag on her collar!

…very keen to get us to have a look at the special tag on her collar!

Bibi in the arms of Alexandra

Bibi in the arms of Alexandra

A closer look at pretty Bibi

A closer look at pretty Bibi

Very chatty Siamese cat Barley

Very chatty Siamese cat Barley

Gentle, affectionate Bob

Gentle, affectionate Bob

Handsome, friendly Sam

Handsome, friendly Sam

Blonde Taz, brunette Milo

Blonde Taz, brunette Milo

Taz looking especially blonde in a ray of sunlight

Taz looking especially blonde in a ray of sunlight

Milo showing us his cutest side

Milo showing us his cutest side

Tereco and Felix, two of the family of four cats who are heading back to the Portuguese Algarve

Tereco and Felix, two of the family of four cats who are heading back to the Portuguese Algarve

The other half of the family — this is Oscar; Tucha is hiding completely from sight at the moment. But we know they're all there as big bowls of food keep vanishing!

The other half of the family — this is Oscar; Tucha is hiding completely from sight at the moment. But we know they’re all there as big bowls of food keep vanishing!

By | 2016-10-17T10:50:41+00:00 Monday, October 13, 2014|animal transportation, indroducing, pet travel by road|32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin October 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Now you have educated me on a few breeds I never heard of – Kooikerhondje, Clumber Spaniel and Shidoodle. Amazing.

  2. crazytraintotinkytown October 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Bet Milo & Taz are a handful

  3. thecontentedcrafter October 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    They are all gorgeous and it must be such a relief for the owners to know they are travelling with such care and attention! I know it would be for me 🙂

    • Animalcouriers October 14, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

      A rather lovely group of passengers indeed. We do hope to take the stress away from owners when their pets travel with us 🙂

  4. tootlepedal October 13, 2014 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I like the special tag. Of course there is only one answer to the question in my experience.

  5. pawedblog October 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    What a stunning lot of passengers once more! AND some new breeds to get to grips with… I’d never heard of a Shidoodle but there was bound to be some out there somewhere and what cuties they are!! <3
    Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

    • Animalcouriers October 14, 2014 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Yes, the Shidoodle was a new one for us – they’re a gorgeous cross!

  6. Sand Spring Chesapeakes October 14, 2014 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Have a safe trip gang.

  7. Curt Mekemson October 14, 2014 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Bibi resting on Alexandra’s shoulder is precious. You could put that photo on a poster and label it contentment. As to bark or not to bark, that is indeed the question that every dog has to answer. Shakespeare would love it. And certainly not least, the cats eyes under the blanket. Repost that on halloween with simply the eyes. 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers October 14, 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Yes, it is a true picture of contentment – they’re going to have a lovely life together. We suspect it’s a loaded question 😉 Oscar’s eyes – as round as saucers!

  8. Animalcouriers October 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Ha! For all the people who’ve offered to work with us, we really should have a outpost in every country 😀

  9. easyweimaraner October 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    that’s really THE question… so let’s bark :o)

  10. becomingcliche October 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    For cuteness, it’s hard to beat a clumber!

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      They really are rather special such a shame you see so few of them.

  11. Vera October 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    What a group! Have a safe trip! Unfortunately I can not see Tucha but I know she is behind Oscar (as always). See you soon!!!

  12. petspeopleandlife October 15, 2014 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Kooikerhondje, Sounds like something from a fairy tale. Love the name. “To bark or not” that is so cute. Wish I had some of those tags for my dogs.In this group of travelers there are some good looking cats and dogs. And you guys do such a good job of taking care of them.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      It does sound like an altogether different language. We loved that tag.

  13. Marty the Manx October 15, 2014 at 3:38 am - Reply

    What a GORGEOUS group you have this trip!!! I love them all!!! What a great tag too 🙂 Happy travels all!

  14. kirbysdawgblog October 15, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Oscar is soooo cute!!! What lovely big eyes you have…heehee. Congrats on all the animals you have been helping get to their homes safe and sound 🙂

  15. Clowie October 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    You have some very cute passengers on this trip!
    Bibi is gorgeous and Clumber Spaniels are becoming quite rare.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s a great shame you don’t see more Clumbers anymore.

  16. Jenny Trozell October 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I just love the picture “Bibi in the arms of Alexandra”. Heart warming.

  17. Boomdeeadda November 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Such an adorable crew to travel with around Europe. Eddie’s dog tag is quite brilliant, LOL just love that. I don’t think I’ve come across Spaniels like Bibi before, heavens they are really lovely aren’t they. Any pup ready for a pick up and hug is tops in my book. How fun for Bibi to go to a home with another. Bob has a face that you fall in love with immediately. I read a book last year about a cat named Bob, I highly recommend it if you hadn’t yet read it. Poor Tucha, that would be Petals too. She’s a real scardy cat. Happy travels sweet little souls, you’ll be home soon xoB

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