We reach Italy where Leo gets on board; then Alfredo joins us in Germany

We reach Italy where Leo gets on board; then Alfredo joins us in Germany

Animalcouriers took the ferry from Greece to Italy and spent the night in Bologna. The next morning we headed to the Milan area to collect Leo. This handsome cat belongs to Delia, who moved to England a short while ago and has now been able to send for Leo to join her. We met Delia’s mother Sebastiana and her brother Joseph (who’s looking forward to practising his English in England), along with Massimo who carried Leo out from their apartment to our van.

From Italy we headed to Switzerland and spent the night at one of our favourite places, the Eden Hotel in Sisikon, where we enjoyed taking a bit of time out to explore while walking the dogs.

Today we drove to the German city of Stuttgart to collect Corgi cross Alfredo. Carolyn adopted him off the streets in Spain many moons ago, and they subsequently moved to Germany. Now Carolyn has relocated to the UK, and Alfredo is on his way to join her.

We’re now getting close to the end of our journey, and expect to be back in the UK tomorrow.

The staff at the hotel in Bologna were friendly and helpful. After filling up our water containers for us, the nice barman gave Vali a wave…

The staff at the hotel in Bologna were friendly and helpful. After filling up our water containers for us, the nice barman gave Vali a wave…

…He asked her how she was and how the journey was going

…He asked her how she was and how the journey was going

Sebastiana, Massimo and Joseph bring us Delia's cat Leo

Sebastiana, Massimo and Joseph bring us Delia’s cat Leo

A closer look at handsome Leo

A closer look at handsome Leo

What big eyes you have, Leo!

What big eyes you have, Leo!

Even the snails in Italy are effortlessly stylish!

Even the snails in Italy are effortlessly stylish!

The Eden Hotel in Sisikon

The Eden Hotel in Sisikon

A fast-running river flows down the mountain behind the Eden Hotel — it probably used to provide this quaintly old-fashioned timber-yard with tree-trunk transport

A fast-running river flows down the mountain behind the Eden Hotel — it probably used to provide this quaintly old-fashioned timber-yard with tree-trunk transport

The river itself — very noisy and boisterous

The river itself — very noisy and boisterous

A novel way to get your shopping home? Doubtless invaluable for hillside houses!

A novel way to get your shopping home? Doubtless invaluable for hillside houses!

Some of these little guys apparently work very hard when you're not looking…

Some of these little guys apparently work very hard when you’re not looking…

…while others just daydream and polish their watering cans!

…while others just daydream and polish their watering cans!

Going to work on the slow snail

Going to work on the slow snail

Early-morning view across the lake. We reflected on a previous stay here with 15 dogs from North Cyprus, one of whom leapt into the water. The courier kept a firm hold on its lead, so couldn't help but be dragged in too!

Early-morning view across the lake. We reflected on a previous stay here with 15 dogs from North Cyprus, one of whom leapt into the water. The courier kept a firm hold on its lead, so couldn’t help but be dragged in too!

An emotional goodbye in Stuttgart for Alfredo

An emotional goodbye in Stuttgart for Alfredo

What a lovely fellow he is!

What a lovely fellow he is!

Super chilled-out Scotty

Super chilled-out Scotty

Monte having his nose wiped

Monte having his nose wiped

Atlas has been showing us his playful side — if this were a video you'd see him leaping into the air and rolling around on the grass! He has a fab collar with a Union Jack on it along with his name…

Atlas has been showing us his playful side — if this were a video you’d see him leaping into the air and rolling around on the grass! He has a fab collar with a Union Jack on it along with his name…

…There's no mistaking Atlas for another dog!

…There’s no mistaking Atlas for another dog!

Courier M, who's replaced courier Mike for the return leg of the trip, is a big fan of Golden R

Courier M, who’s replaced courier Mike for the return leg of the trip, is a big fan of Golden Retreavers. So courier J doesn’t get a look-in when it comes to walking pretty Baloo!

Baloo is just as playful as Atlas. She likes chasing and throwing stones around. Here she is with a special 'trophy'…

Baloo is just as playful as Atlas. She likes chasing and throwing stones around. Here she is with a special ‘trophy’…

… and showing off her stone-handling skills

… and showing off her stone-handling skills

By |2016-10-17T10:50:00+00:00Wednesday, May 27, 2015|animal transportation, pet travel by road|32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner May 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    The hotel is an eyecatcher! Such a “shopping cart” would be the perfect cure for my shop-a-howlic momma lol

  2. KDKH May 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I could only hope to be as effortlessly stylish as an Italian snail. I think I’m more on par with something more ungainly. Like a komodo dragon!

    • Animalcouriers May 29, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Ha ha – but a komodo dragon has a style and flair all to itself!

  3. Jovina Coughlin May 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Quite a trip with lots of great photos.

  4. Sand Spring Chesapeakes May 28, 2015 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos, safe travels

  5. Midwestern Plant Girl May 28, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I like the gnomes, so cute! But Atlas sure has it going on, he looks like a bunch of fun!

    • Animalcouriers May 29, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Courier J loves them too judging by the number of photos she sent through 😉

  6. onespoiledcat May 28, 2015 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Happy!!!! Lots of happy in the photos and a lot of beautiful scenes of the lake and the hotel……the gnomes certainly have their work cut out for them in the gardens!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

  7. natjtan May 28, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    You really do have one the of the best jobs, despite all the driving!

  8. Fozziemum May 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    What gorgeous travellers indeed and Eden is the right name for that hotel..what a stunning place..and love the shopping cart 🙂 safe travels all loves Bev xx

  9. becomingcliche May 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    That snail is gorgeous!

  10. Great pics! Love the snail, and of course the pets are gorgeous too!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  11. sunsetdragon May 29, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    That Leo is a handsome fella.

  12. Curt Mekemson May 29, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Chewing on those stones has to be tough. 🙂 And I don’t think you would want to catch one out of the air. Great snail photo. And you are right about Leo’s eyes! –Curt

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

      It’s not the best of habits for a dog but it sure keeps them happy 😉

  13. crazytraintotinkytown May 31, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Do any of those little fellas do the hoovering?

  14. angelswhisper2011 June 1, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Does Leo have a girlfurriend.. 😀 Pawkisses for a safe trip home 🙂 <3

  15. frederick anderson June 3, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    All going to complete a beautiful catalog of animal photographs – oh, and not forgetting the gnomes. Let’s hear it for the gnomes!

  16. Clowie June 3, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Playful dogs and relaxed cats – they’re all gorgeous!

  17. Mustang.Koji June 27, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Alfredo and Baloo are so cute!!!

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