Cats, dogs and a bearded dragon get on board as we drive north through Spain

Cats, dogs and a bearded dragon get on board as we drive north through Spain

After breakfasting with a fine view of Gibraltar yesterday, Animalcouriers set off through Spain to collect our UK-bound passengers.

First up was Rikki, a slinky black cat from Sotogrande. Pippa and her husband are going back to the UK. Concerned that this gentle ‘wuss’ of the cat world would be disrupted by the kerfuffle of the move, they’ve arranged for him to go on ahead to stay with Pippa’s sister in Hampshire until their new UK home is ready for him.

Then it was Arfa’s turn. This lovely Staffie is one of our regular passengers. He takes his trips to and from Spain very seriously and has told his owner, Matt, it’s Animalcouriers or he won’t budge! Arfa’s grandparents brought him to us at our regular rendezvous spot outside Aldi. Arfa’s usual compartment was ready and waiting for him, so in he hopped, stopping for a drink of water before lying down for a snooze.

From there we went to pick up Tommy, whose owner Nick had to go back to the UK before Tommy’s passport was ready. So Tommy’s been staying with Sarah and Eliane at La Residencia Canina. We’ve been calling here for more years than we can remember, and it’s a very caring environment for dogs and cats. Tommy is one of four cats whose owners moved away, leaving two behind. Clever Tommy attached himself to Nick and is now off to join him in Devon.

Our next collection was Great Dane puppy Fina in Almeria, who belongs to Perry. Fina has been staying with another old friend of ours, Joan, until she was old enough to get a pet passport and travel to the UK to join Perry.

We then drove on to meet Mateo, who came to settle Almona’s two young cats, Tigre and Hippi, into their travel compartment. Almona and Mateo had four kittens between them but have now split up. Mateo is keeping two, and Almona is taking two with her to the UK.

Our final collection last night took us to Javea to meet a bearded dragon called Dexter who belongs to Marijke’s son. They were struggling to find a way to get Dexter to the UK — until they found Animalcouriers. Marijke brought Dexter to us at our hotel with a supply of chopped veg and live worms which are apparently his favourite.

We stayed last night at the wonderful Hotel Palau Verd, in Denia — a tranquil setting where we and the pets all felt very welcome. We somehow managed to drag ourselves away this morning to meet Belgian Shepherd Duchess and Newfoundland Maisie. These two gentle giants belonged to Billy’s mum, who sadly died a little while ago. Louisa has been taking care of them until they could travel to the UK where they will have a new home with family members.

Pippa brought Rikki to us so she could settle him in for the journey. Here they are having a final cuddle…

Pippa brought Rikki to us so she could settle him in for the journey. Here they are having a final cuddle…

…and a goodbye chat

…and a goodbye chat

Arfa! We are flattered he likes travelling with us so much

Arfa! We are flattered he likes travelling with us so much

Arfa with his grandparents. Check out that blue, blue Spanish sky!

Arfa with his grandparents. Check out that blue, blue Spanish sky!

Sarah with Tommy

Sarah with Tommy

Tommy settles in for the trip — we can see why Nick fell for this handsome fellow

Tommy settles in for the trip — we can see why Nick fell for this handsome fellow

We were keenly observed by this black-and-white cat while collecting Tommy. Sarah told us he's one of several 'resident' cats who've been neutered but can't be handled. So Sarah and Eliane keep an eye on them and feed them.

We were keenly observed by this black-and-white cat while collecting Tommy. Sarah told us he’s one of several ‘resident’ cats who’ve been neutered but can’t be handled. So Sarah and Eliane keep an eye on them and feed them.

Bargain bags of golf balls for sale

Bargain bags of golf balls for sale

Joan with young Fina

Joan with young Fina

Fina is wearing a cone because she has a cut on her elbow which has been treated and stitched.

Fina is wearing a cone because she has a cut on her elbow which has been treated and stitched.

Mateo says a very fond farewell to Hippi who is travelling to the UK with Tigre

Mateo says a very fond farewell to Hippi who is travelling to the UK with Tigre

Tigre, Hippi's travelling companion

Tigre, Hippi’s travelling companion

Marijke says goodbye to bearded dragon Dexter

Marijke says goodbye to bearded dragon Dexter

Courier M with our host Tony at the Hotel Palau Verd in Denia

Courier M with our host Tony at the Hotel Palau Verd in Denia

The atmosphere at the hotel was truly peaceful and the food was excellent — lots of local produce, including locally sourced, sustainable fish; and one of the best tiramisus courier M has ever tasted

The atmosphere at the hotel was truly peaceful and the food was excellent — lots of local produce, including locally sourced, sustainable fish; and one of the best tiramisus courier M has ever tasted

These bright green tiles must have something to do with the name of the hotel

These bright green tiles must have something to do with the name of the hotel

Arfa found it a very relaxing environment

Arfa found it a very relaxing environment

Courier M checking Fina's cut

Courier M checking Fina’s cut

Louisa saying goodbye to Maisie and Duchess — she says she'll miss looking after them

Louisa saying goodbye to Maisie and Duchess — she says she’ll miss looking after them

Maisie on board

Maisie on board

Duchess gives us a grin

Duchess gives us a grin

Mount Montgo, also known as elephant mountain — because it's said to resemble an elephant's head — overlooking Jesus Pobre and the surrounding region in Alicante

Mount Montgo, also known as elephant mountain — because it’s said to resemble an elephant’s head — overlooking Jesus Pobre and the surrounding region in Alicante

By |2016-10-17T10:50:41+00:00Saturday, October 18, 2014|animal transportation, indroducing, pet travel by road|38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin October 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Quite a group of traveling companions plus lots of interesting scenery.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Yes, the trip is filling up. Rather pleasant views from the office.

  2. Lavinia Ross October 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Beautiful countryside there, and gorgeous animal pasengers, as usual. Glad to hear Duchess and Maisie have family to go live with. So sad to hear they lost their human. Your little Bearded dragon passenger is interesting. I’ve never seen one before.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      It’s very lucky indeed that Duchess and Maisie can go to extended family. They’re such gorgeous girls. Although we have transported reptiles before, Dexter is rather a gorgeous specimen.

  3. Curt Mekemson October 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Arfa is one smart dog in his travel choices. Why travel coach when you can go first class. 🙂 –Curt

  4. almona October 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    My little ones 🙂 cant wait to be reunited with them

  5. Bernadette October 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    What a menagerie! And what a journey!

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Yes, we do have a fine array of dogs and cats – Dexter does add a little spice!

  6. almona October 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    My little ones 🙂 cant wait to be reunited with them. Have a safe journey all

  7. Marijke October 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Julia and Martin, it was a pleasure to met you in Denia hotel. We are so glad that Dexter is in very good hands. We wish you a good trip back to UK. Love, Marijke

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marijke, Dexter has been a lot of fun to have along on the journey and has coped very well. Should be home any moment now.

  8. purrfectkitties October 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos! 🙂 Have a safe journey! 😀 Much love, Roxy & Tigerlino <3

  9. Gunta October 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    What a great bunch and that hotel looks pretty special. Courier M might have to watch that waistline! 😀

  10. petspeopleandlife October 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Wow, you are quite the travel writer. If anyone wants to learn of the best places to stay in Spain and France, they only need to follow this blog. The pics are great and of course the stories of the pets travel adventures are the best. All the pets here are so hale and hearty looking.And the photos are marvelous.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks, glad you enjoy our stories. We started blogging because there was so much to tell along the way. It turned out to have the added bonus of helping owners see their pets as they journeyed home.

  11. thecontentedcrafter October 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Just gorgeous photos of pets and people – love the wee dragon too! Best job in the whole world!! 🙂

  12. angelswhisper2011 October 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Oh, that Elephant Mountain looks stunning. What a great travel with all the lovely animals. Pawkisses for a safe travel and a good arrival 🙂

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      It actually does look like an elephants head! Thanks, nearly home now.

  13. Nick Williams October 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for that Julia Tommy is looking well of course not keen on getting in a cat carrier but I know he enjoys a bit of road travel with the added bonus this time it won’t be to the vet!!

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      Tommy did just fine but no doubt he’ll be delighted to be home with you any moment now!

  14. pawedblog October 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! Wow! Dexter HAS to be one of your more unusual clients, right?
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Yes, Dexter isn’t an everyday passenger and it’s been very interesting and educational keeping him warm, well fed and comfortable!

  15. tootlepedal October 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the golf balls. There must be a lot of inaccurate golfers or big lakes about to produce that amount of cheap balls.

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      That’s exactly what we thought and balls at this price will only keep the extravagant shots going.

  16. Sheila Morris October 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    What a fabulous post – so much news and new passengers for travel adventures!! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the pictures and stories – okay two new things: bearded dragons (never had heard of across the Pond!) and kerfuffle, but I have to say it describes all of my moving experiences perfectly!! Thanks for the post…too fun. 🙂

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      There are certain words that deserve to be used as often as possible and kerfuffle is one of them 😀

  17. becomingcliche October 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Bearded dragon! How FUN!

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, nothing like keeping the couriers on their toes 😀

  18. Basil October 20, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Wow you’ve really got a van full this time!!

    • Animalcouriers October 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Yes, a big cat troupe this time and a few of them were able to keep a good travelogue going 😉

  19. Linda Anselmi October 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Ha! What a travelogue should be — beautiful travelers, interesting sights, lovely hotel, appetizing food (okay – minus the worms)… Thanks for sharing!

    • Animalcouriers October 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it – the worms went down well with someone 😉

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