With all our passengers from Portugal on board, Animalcouriers crossed the border into Spain and headed to Madrid. We met up with Aurelia to collect a very happy and bouncy young Felipe. Felipe travelled with us last month to spend Christmas in Madrid with all the family. His owners, Sergio and Barbara, are already back in London and are anxiously awaiting his arrival. Aurelia tells us everyone had a lovely festive time, and Felipe clearly agrees.

From Madrid we headed to Tarragona to collect Chihuahua Lugotti, who’s relocating with his owners to Middlesex in the UK. Both his dads and their friend came to see him safely on his way.

We then drove up the coast to Barcelona to meet Katy and her cats Pere and Vella. Katy and her husband are both artists who split their time between Spain and Sussex for work reasons. Katy and the cats are now off for an extended stay in Sussex so that all the family can be together for a while.

It was then just another hour or so to Blanes to collect German Shepherd Dog Thor. His owner David is already in Southampton, and ‘granddad’ Rafa has been taking care of Thor in the meantime. David tells us he’s very much looking forward to being reunited with his dog.

Felipe with his 'grandma' Aurelia

Felipe with his ‘grandma’ Aurelia

Lugotti gets a proper send-off from Argus, Antonio and Paul

Lugotti gets a proper send-off from Argus, Antonio and Paul

Lugotti quickly settles in to his compartment for the journey

Lugotti quickly settles in to his compartment for the journey

Katy with Vella and Pere in the January sunshine

Katy with Vella and Pere in the January sunshine

Beautiful Vella — it's hard to believe she's a venerable lady of 14!

Beautiful Vella — it’s hard to believe she’s a venerable lady of 14!

Pere is a handsome younger tabby

Pere is a handsome younger tabby

Katy tells her cats, goodbye and be good!

Katy tells her cats, goodbye and be good!

Thor with Rafa, who as you can see was keen for Thor to sit still for his photo!

Thor with Rafa, who as you can see was keen for Thor to sit still for his photo!

Quite the seasoned traveller by now, mini-Pinscher Blue takes his van-guarding and new-passenger-greeting duties very seriously

Quite the seasoned traveller by now, mini-Pinscher Blue takes his van-guarding and new-passenger-greeting duties very seriously