We crossed the border from Portugal to Spain where our first stop was Manilva to collect a lovely pair of dogs, Bobby and Chaudi. These two firm friends belong to Bob and Caroline, who’ve moved to Carmarthen in Wales, and now the dogs are off to join them.

At a shelter in Granada we collected pretty Alana, a young blind cat who’s lucky enough to be joining Ann and Trevor’s amazing household  in Ireland.

We met Dave in Nerja, whose wife Christine has already travelled back to England. Dave has been holding the fort, and looking after the family’s two cats and two dogs until we could collect them. Also in Nerja we were fortunate to catch up with Chocolate Lab Oscar, who travelled with us as a pup four years ago from his breeder in France. Oscar invited us to stay the night, and enjoyed watching all the comings and goings around our van, offering words of advice whenever he felt they were needed.

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who's been taking care of them

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who’s been taking care of them

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

ave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Dave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Mabel is a little shyer

Mabel is a little shyer

Making sure everyone's safely on board

Making sure everyone’s safely on board

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

And many apologies for the poor delivery of this blog post 😉