Five dogs, five cats and a parrot join Tiddles for our trip to the UK

Five dogs, five cats and a parrot join Tiddles for our trip to the UK

Animalcouriers met up with Cody and his family on the front between Gibraltar and La Linea. He’s off to Northern Ireland to stay with mum Nikki’s sister while the family packs up ready to follow him. They all said they would miss Gibraltar but they’re looking forward to new schools and a new way of life. As Nikki put it: ‘It’s goodbye shorts and flip flops, hello Ugg boots and woolly hats!’

Then it was off to collect Ben from Margaret at Benalmadena Costa. Margaret moved here over 20 years ago, and character cat Ben came on the scene a few years later. Now the time has come for Margaret to go back to Burnley with Ben and rejoin her family.

After an overnight stay in Nerja, we caught up with Kathy and Neska. These canine chums belong to Ana and George who relocated from Granada to the UK a few months ago, leaving their dogs in the care of Irene. Now Ana and George are all settled in and have sent for their dogs to join them.

When Kristina and her family recently moved from Torrevieja to Buckinghamshire, they found African Grey Parrot Charlie a new home with friends. However, African Greys are very sensitive creatures and, despite best efforts, the solution didn’t suit Charlie 100%. So plans were changed and now he’s on his way to the UK to rejoin Kristina.

Yesterday evening in Valencia we met up with Xavier from our colleagues Traveldog, who brought the final passengers, two dogs and four cats, for our UK-bound trip. First up was wolfdog Galatzo from Madrid, who’s travelling to Glasgow. Anything but wild, this handsome chap is very sociable. We were also joined by Cocky, a little Westie, who hails from Santiago de Compostella, and has settled into travelling like a pro.

Siamese cat Paddula is travelling with slinky black Lalaiph from O Porrinno; and tabby cat Cuca is travelling with Napoleao from Porto. Cuca has asthma, which is treated with an inhaler. His owner, Teresa, says he can get very stressed and provided advice on how to use the inhaler. But so far he’s been very relaxed indeed, and probably wonders why we keep checking up on him!

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Margaret with handsome Ben

Margaret with handsome Ben

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J's lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J’s lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M's hand!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M’s hand!

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie with Bev, who's been taking care of him

Charlie with Bev, who’s been taking care of him

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if  there's not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won't do their business unless it's on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if there’s not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won’t do their business unless it’s on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

Here's Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Here’s Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Cute Westie Cocky

Cute Westie Cocky

A very chilled-out Paddula…

A very chilled-out Paddula…

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they're sharing

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they’re sharing

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca's companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cuca’s companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

By |2016-10-17T10:49:54+00:00Monday, June 15, 2015|animal transportation, pet travel by road|29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner June 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    my momma jumped with joy as she saw Charlie… can you bring him to me please? he would learn some good words here :o)

  2. onespoiledcat June 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    What a huge crowd of furbabies this time around!!! Love the little sprig of green – getting frequently watered (!!!!).

    Pam and Sam

    • Animalcouriers June 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      It cracked couriers J&M up watching it happen again and again!

  3. Very cool wolf dog!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  4. Timothy Price June 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    You all have been busy! We have an African Gray. They are so much fun, and such smart birds. Since we are keeping Lola cat for our neighbor while they are in NZ, I’ve taught Søren (our gray) to sing “Lola” but the Kinks. What’s funny is he actually sings it in tune, whereas I don’t.

    • Animalcouriers June 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Aren’t they wonderfully clever! Would love to hear Søren sing Lola.

      • Timothy Price June 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        I’ve been trying to get a good recording of it. He won’t sing it when we are in the same room, and when we quiet down to record it, he stops.

  5. Lavinia Ross June 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful animals! The gray parrot brings back memories of on old school chum. She had a big gray parrot.

    • Animalcouriers June 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      They are incredibly smart birds. Charlie worked out how to get back home!

  6. Sand Spring Chesapeakes June 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    All the animals are beautiful but that Parrot is gorgeous.

  7. memadtwo June 15, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Oh how I love to see all the animals! What a great job you have and yes, the parrot!

  8. KDKH June 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Charlie’s look is classic! Is s/he talking to you much? We have an African Grey parrot, too!

  9. Jovina Coughlin June 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Love the photos

  10. tootlepedal June 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    A very mixed bag today.

  11. jmgoyder June 16, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos – I so admire what you do!

  12. Gunta June 16, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Another great bunch. Who knew parrots could be so large? Hope he settles into his new situation OK. Here I thought Sissy was a bit strange for insisting on grass to do her business. Apparently it’s a dog thing after all.

  13. Sarah Ferguson June 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of a cat with an inhaler before! I don’t think even patient Choppy would put up with that!

    • Animalcouriers June 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      It is very hard to imagine a cat or dog using an inhaler. We’re very pleased to say that the stress levels on the journey were obviously low as the inhaler hasn’t been needed – phew!

      • Sarah Ferguson June 17, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

        I’m thinking I may need to look this one up on Youtube to see how it works (and be very glad Choppy doesn’t need one!).

  14. Clowie June 17, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    It’s important to water greenery! It was nice of them all to be so considerate. You have a gorgeous collection of travellers on board for this trip.

    • Animalcouriers June 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Aren’t they a gorgeous bunch! We’re not sure what that little tuft of green looks like now 😉

  15. Linda Anselmi June 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Oh, that poor lone weed! Interesting bunch of travelers. The wolfdog is beautiful. More petite than I would have thought.

    • Animalcouriers June 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Not sure what the weed looks like now! The wolfdog is just a pup – a lot of growing to do…

  16. becomingcliche June 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I do wish people wouldn’t hybridize wolves. It often ends badly. He is a handsome fellow, though. Neska has the BEST EARS!

  17. Kev June 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the UK guys! 😀

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