Animalcouriers have set off on their latest trip from the UK to southern Europe. Our first stop was to deliver delightful feline duo Lucy and Lulu to their family in the Gers region of France. Captivated by the beauty of this area, Vanessa, her husband and their daughter have come here from Surrey and have rented a house for 12 months, before deciding on a definitive move. And now that Lucy and Lulu have arrived, the family is complete.

We stayed last night at Hotel du Prince at Marmande in the Gers, where resident fluffy dog Indy looks after the guests. While courier J walked our Collie passengers, Jack and Ruby, courier M indulged in a game of fetch with Indy.

Jack and Ruby are mother and son, and are travelling with us to join their owner, Brenda, in Faro, Portugal. They’re a very laid-back pair who’ve taken to the road like ducks to water.

Gorgeous Lulu

Gorgeous Lulu

Beautiful Lucy

Beautiful Lucy

Jack (L) and his mum Ruby. They weren't quite sure what to make of Indy prancing about!

Jack (L) and his mum Ruby. They weren’t quite sure what to make of Indy prancing about!

Indy resting after an energetic game of fetch

Indy resting after an energetic game of fetch

The very enjoyable Hotel du Prince

The very enjoyable Hotel du Prince