on the road with Animalcouriers

Leaving the UK with Hector, Harvey, Macchia, Iorek, Willow, Teddy, Tubbo, Bertie, Ted and Beau

Animalcouriers set off from the UK to Greece via France and Italy with gorgeous dogs and cats on board. We were lucky enough to have a few of them staying with us for a couple of nights beforehand, too.

One of our house guests was Hector, a handsome black Cocker Spaniel from south London. He’s off to join his owners who’ve relocated to the Paris area — they’ve gone on ahead to get everything ready for his arrival. Hector has unbelievable ball skills, and managed to keep a three-year-old boy amused for hours. Hector is a real joy to have around, always bouncy and happy and waggy tailed.

Best pals Harvey and Macchia have also been staying with us. This Black Lab and Italian Pointer travelled down from Cheshire and are off to Italy where owner Sally and her husband have a second home. Both are rescue dogs: Macchia found Sally when she was on one of her trips to Italy — Macchia is very attached to humans and loves cuddles. Harvey was attacked by another dog so he’s a little anxious on the lead, but loves playing ball almost as much as Hector.

Seven-year-old Iorek, a beautiful light-coloured German Shepherd dog is traveling with us from Birmingham back to Milan. His owner Isabella is still in England, so her sister Nadia will be waiting to roll out the red carpet. Iorek is travelling really well, despite Isabella’s fears he could be travel sick.

British Blue cats Willow and Teddy are relocating with their owners Nicky and David from Surrey to Brittany. Despite their slightly haughty demeanour, they are very confident, friendly cats. We’re sure they’ll love the countryside and open spaces that will be at their back door, and that they’ll become country cats in no time.

Black-and-white Tubbo is travelling with us from southern England to Arezzo in Italy to join his family, who’re already on their way there by car with their dog. In his younger days he was inclined to portliness, which is how he acquired his name. Now, however, he’s a fine figure of a cat and sports a splendid set of whiskers‎. One of the reasons his family asked us to transport him is because he makes a lot of noise in the car. We must say, however, that we’ve barely heard a peep from him. This may well be because travelling in our van is a very different experience from the car journeys most cats are used to, which involve going to the vet in a small cat carrier, with a view of the world rushing past the window. This can be rather disconcerting for them so, next time you take your cat to the vet, try draping a cloth over the carrier to help him or her to stay calm.

Almost identical Beagles Bertie and Ted seem to operate as a single unit. They’re relocating from Cheshire to the Naples area, where they will doubtless waste no time putting their noses to the ground to show off their sniffing and snuffling skills to the locals. Owner Robert has gone on ahead and is really looking forward to being reunited with his dogs. However they’ll be very much missed by his Mum and Dad who’ve been doing a great job of dog sitting.

Little Beau is a typical friendly Staffie who loves people. We met her just hours before the trip set off and there’s little doubt we’ll be best friends with her by the time we reach Piraeus port in Athens, which is where we’re meeting up with her owners Kate and family. They’ve relocated from London to beautiful Rhodes, which will be a very different place indeed for them all to live. ‎

Hector can throw as well as catch the ball. Here he is waiting patiently for help to get the ball out from under a cupboard.

Hector can throw as well as catch the ball. Here he is waiting patiently for help to get the ball out from under a cupboard.

Hector and his three-year old friend sharpen their ball skills

Hector and his three-year old friend sharpen their ball skills

The promise of a treat enabled us to get all three of our houseguests in one shot, along with housedog Pugsley (aka Superbeast). Pugsley is at the back, then Harvey, Macchia and Hector at the front. So keen, even the balls were put down!

The promise of a treat enabled us to get all three of our houseguests in one shot, along with housedog Pugsley (aka Superbeast). Pugsley is at the back, then Harvey, Macchia and Hector at the front. So keen, even the balls were put down!

Hector enjoys a sunny walk

Hector enjoys a sunny walk

Harvey is the senior dog on this trip and likes to keep everyone in order

Harvey is the senior dog on this trip and likes to keep everyone in order

Macchia is very affectionate and loves a fuss

Macchia is very affectionate and loves a fuss

Courier Mike with handsome floofy Lorek

Courier Mike with handsome floofy Iorek

A closer look at that noble head

A closer look at that noble head

Lorek posing by the broad beans

Iorek posing by the broad beans

Gorgeous Willow, looking just a tad grumpy at being woken up for a photoshoot

Gorgeous Willow, looking just a tad grumpy at being woken up for a photoshoot

Willow decides to grin and bear it

Willow decides to grin and bear it

Willow's equally gorgeous companion, Teddy

Willow’s equally gorgeous companion, Teddy

Storm welcomes Willow and Teddy to their new home in Brittany

Storm welcomes Willow and Teddy to their new home in Brittany

Tubbo shows us his fine markings

Tubbo shows us his fine markings

Now that's what I call whiskers!

Now that’s what I call whiskers!

Cheeky chappies Bertie and Ted Beagle

Cheeky chappies Bertie and Ted Beagle

You get the impression they're constantly plotting mischief behind your back!

You get the impression they’re constantly plotting mischief behind your back!

Pretty tri-colour Staffie Beau — the sunshine brings out her lovely markings

Pretty tri-colour Staffie Beau — the sunshine brings out her lovely markings

Oversize seagull spotted by courier M on his recent travels

Oversize seagull spotted by courier M on his recent travels

By | 2016-10-17T10:49:53+00:00 Friday, July 10, 2015|animal transportation, indroducing|0 Comments

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  1. easyweimaraner July 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    add me to Willows fanclub please :o) have you noticed traffic jams because of the tour as your crossed France?

    • Animalcouriers July 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      We’ve been lucky so far but they seem to be creating their own pile-ups all by themselves 😉

  2. linda collins July 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful company you are! Didn’t expect to see pics of animals travelling, no worries about our 3 cats going on the road on the 30th now I’ve seen these, I’ve been inspired with confidence, Thankyou.

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    • Animalcouriers July 13, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Hi Linda, glad you enjoyed seeing our passengers on their travels! Look forward to meeting your three cats.

  3. Sand Spring Chesapeakes July 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    What beautiful animals, safe travels all

  4. Timothy Price July 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    You all seem to be keeping busy!

    • Animalcouriers July 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      It is rather a hectic time, especially with so many of our passengers going on holiday!

      • Timothy Price July 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        When we lived in Spain, most everyone closed shop and went on holiday for the month of August.

  5. Rhonda July 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful all! And isn’t that Lorek something? Gorgeous. Stay cool xo

    • Animalcouriers July 13, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Iorek is a stunner. We’re keeping your cooling thoughts on board!

  6. Gorgeous pups and kitties too!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. Jovina Coughlin July 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    That sounds like a dream trip – France, Italy, Greece with a very diverse group of travelers.

  8. Gunta July 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    The seagull thing. They don’t make ’em that big around here! 😀 Another trip with some marvelous looking paws!

    • Animalcouriers July 13, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Courier M was pleased that it didn’t leave the ground 😉

  9. tootlepedal July 11, 2015 at 12:09 am - Reply

    If that was Hector enjoying himself, I wouldn’t like to see him on a gloomy day.

  10. Animalcouriers July 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    He’s doing really well on the journey and is a great big gorgeous hunk!

  11. Summer Solstice Girl July 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    That is a huge seagull indeed. What is it?

  12. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie July 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed 🙂

  13. Animalcouriers July 13, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Yes, the grooming side could be an issue 😉 Yes, they do work as a pair and we’re sure it could be interesting getting to the bottom of some of their goings on! It is an odd seabird but it’s in fact a kiosk where they give out information about seabirds.

  14. Clowie July 13, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Gorgeous passengers! I love the picture of Hector and his young friend playing. Iorek looks magnificent, quite large for a German Shepherd.

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Hector and his young friend could play ball forever. Iorek is a very tall specimen.

  15. crazytraintotinkytown July 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    love those pictures of Hector & his friend playing ball. And our feline family are very vocal in the car too and I absolutely dread taking them all to the vets for their jabs together as I feel I need medication as well when I get there so will try out your tip on the next visit

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