Animalcouriers were hoping to reach Zurich last night, but an accident had closed the Gotthard Tunnel. So we stayed near the southern entrance of the tunnel at a motel we’ve used before, where there are lovely walks for the dogs and secure parking.

To get a head start we woke early this morning — to be greeted by a snow storm, with thick flakes of fluffy white falling all around us!

After a quick leg stretch for the dogs and a bite of breakfast for all our passengers, we were ready for the off, keen to avoid getting snowed in and stranded. We’ve managed to make up lost time and are back on schedule.

Fred enjoyed his walk in the snow — running his nose through it and rolling about. With a bit more time to spare, we think he'd have been on for a snowball fight!

Fred enjoyed his walk in the snow — running his nose through it and rolling about. With a bit more time to spare, we think he’d have been on for a snowball fight!

Nana was a bit more reserved — had a quick sniff and did what a girl has to do…

Nana was a bit more reserved — had a quick sniff and did what a girl has to do…

…before hopping back into her cosy bed

…before hopping back into her cosy bed

Alvin didn't want to stay out too long, either

Alvin didn’t want to stay out too long, either

Haiko was so laid back about it, we wondered if he'd even noticed the cold!

Haiko was so laid back about it, we wondered if he’d even noticed the cold!

This was the view of our van at 6.30 this morning! The snow was getting heavier so, rather than spending time taking more photos, we simply got going.

This was the view of our van at 6.30 this morning! The snow was getting heavier so, rather than spending time taking more photos, we simply got going.