Animalcouriers set off for mainland Europe yesterday, crossing with Eurotunnel. On board are a delightful bunch of passengers heading to Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.

Dog and cat family mini Dachshund Borat, with Yuna and Ruas, are travelling with us from Leicester to Lisbon in Portugal, where their owners Ines and Lina are relocating for work.

Beautiful silver tabby cat Bonnie is travelling with us from Dorchester to Valencia in Spain, where her family are going back to live.

Stunning four-month-old Savannah cat Aragon is off to live in Switzerland with Céline, who will meet us in France to take him home. His breeder Sarah tells us that Savannahs are hybrids like the Bengal but crossed to an African Serval. She describes Savannahs as “super intelligent, friendly and people oriented — can be trained to walk on a lead and play fetch. Also high energy!”

He’s such a handsome chap, we felt sure Sarah had found it hard to part with him. “He is the most loving and cuddly kitten I’ve ever known,” says Sarah, “but I know he will have a lovely home with Céline.”

We received a call from our friends Traveldog in Barcelona, Spain, to collect a rabbit called Cigrunet, as his owner Miriam was relocating at short notice from the UK to Barcelona. Cigrunet has been homeboarding with courier J since we collected him. He’s a cool dude with splendid rabbit ears!

Also on board is Faith, who’s heading to Lisbon. She’s been staying at kennels near Swanley and Jorge her owner is very much looking forward to seeing her again.

Our final passenger is Charlie, a completely mad Spaniel, whose owners have gone on ahead from Swaffham to Murcia in Spain. Charlie has been staying in kennels for a while so they are very much looking forward to being reunited.

We're looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

We’re looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle