on the road with Animalcouriers

Arriving in Greece with Beau and Bumble; and meeting some of the locals

Animalcouriers reached the Greek port of Igoumenitsa by ferry from Italy and motored straight on down to Athens to reunite Beau and Bumble with their owners.

Meanwhile, courier J flew in to Athens to take over from courier Mike for the remainder of the trip. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at a taverna overlooking the water before waving him off.

Not long now before we meet the first of the cats and dogs who’re joining us for the trip back to the UK.

We got a shady, airy spot on the ferry for our van, which meant the dogs could comfortably stay in their travel compartments, rather than moving to the on-board kennels.

We got a shady, airy spot on the ferry for our van, which meant the dogs could comfortably stay in their travel compartments, rather than moving to the on-board kennels.

Staffie Beau steps out into the Greek sunshine

Staffie Beau steps out into the Greek sunshine

Like Beau, Labrador Bumble found the Greek temperatures quite high — both dogs were pleased to get back into our air-conditioned van!

Like Beau, Labrador Bumble found the Greek temperatures quite high — both dogs were pleased to get back into our air-conditioned van!

At Athens airport courier J found that all bus tickets were free of charge — no surprise then that it was standing room only!

At Athens airport courier J found that all bus tickets were free of charge — no surprise then that it was standing room only!

‎Happy little Beau is even happier now he has rejoined his owner Katie. We met her in Pireus port as the reunited pair are travelling on to the beautiful island of Rhodes.

‎Happy little Beau is even happier now he has rejoined his owner Katie. We met her in Pireus port as the reunited pair are travelling on to the beautiful island of Rhodes.

‎Bumble is a girl who knows what she wants so when she has an itch she gets it scratched.

‎Bumble is a girl who knows what she wants so when she has an itch she gets it scratched.

Last, but by no means least, miss Bumble was greeted by an enthusiastic family in Athens. Bumble, by the way, is eating a chew and not smoking a cigar.

Last, but by no means least, miss Bumble was greeted by an enthusiastic family in Athens. Bumble, by the way, is eating a chew and not smoking a cigar.

A last evening meal in the sun by the beach for courier Mike before heading back to the colder climes of Yorkshire

A last evening meal in the sun by the beach for courier Mike before heading back to the colder climes of Yorkshire

Fresh local prawns, what a treat

Fresh local prawns, what a treat

It wasn't long before we were joined by some of the locals

It wasn’t long before we were joined by some of the locals

A closer look at this pretty tortie-and-white girl

A closer look at this pretty tortie-and-white girl

One ginger fellow was more daring than the others…

One ginger fellow was more daring than the others…

… got up on his hind legs and tapped courier M on the arm to remind him he was there!

… got up on his hind legs and tapped courier M on the arm to remind him he was there!

By | 2016-10-17T10:49:48+00:00 Thursday, July 16, 2015|animal transportation, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner July 16, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    oh no wonder that you got some visitors… that prawns look delicious :o) btw: I though the Elephant Skate is in germany…. butt now I saw it’s behind your van… something must be serious wrong with the gps of that ride LOL

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      The couriers found it hard to hang onto their prawns 😀 Oh dear, does the Elephant Skate read our blog? Think it wants to join in?

  2. sunsetdragon July 16, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    oh my sloe those sweet kitties coming for dinner.

  3. Charles Huss July 16, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Love the kitty beggars. 🙂

  4. onespoiledcat July 16, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Sweet little dinner companions lining up for a taste of prawn?? Cute……nice reunions too!

    Hugs, Sam and Pam

  5. Herman July 16, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Maybe the locals wanted to join you for a trip back to the UK…??

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      They might indeed have fancied their chances but a little bit of prawn was ok with them too 😉

  6. natjtan July 16, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I’ll say it time and time again. Despite all the driving you guys have one of the best jobs in the world!

  7. Sheila Morris July 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    So glad to see all went well for your people in Greece. I wondered what the financial madness would mean for you? I loved Bumble…what a sweetheart! When we visited Athens, I remember being amazed at the number of animals that lived on the streets! Made me want to take them all home…

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      There’s an awful lot of holding of breath here as the situation is anything but resolved. During the summer months there are enough people around to feed many of the street animals but when the summer holidays are over, things start to bite for them.

      • Sheila Morris July 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

        Yes, I should think so. I hope your clientele won’t be affected.

  8. Timothy Price July 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    What fun hanging out with the locals.

  9. Jovina Coughlin July 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    wow the city of cats.

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      All colours – would say shapes and sizes but they all resemble each other in being rather skinny.

  10. crazytraintotinkytown July 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Love your dinner companions

  11. Lavinia Ross July 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Kitties tapping on the arm to remind the humans they have something tasty on their plate the kitties would like to have! We know that one well! 🙂

  12. Gunta July 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    So, did courier Mike share those prawns? BTW those are huge… larger than any I’ve seen here.

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Share those prawns? Heaven forfend 😀 It must be the warm water as there are some bigger than these.

  13. Unconfirmed Bachelorette July 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Love the locals. Sophie the former stray is a tapper. She is never shy about asking for pets.

    • Animalcouriers July 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Just love it when they deem it necessary to tap to remind us 😀

  14. Sand Spring Chesapeakes July 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    those cats are cute

  15. becomingcliche July 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Beau is delightfully small!

  16. Clowie July 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    That cat was very enthusiastic about ‘helping’ with the meal!

  17. Katie June 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for transporting Beau…. We had a nice ferry ride back to Rhodes where we managed to get a pet cabin. Beau was asleep in minutes

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      It was very much our pleasure Katie. Glad you were able to travel on in comfort. Hope things are going well with you in Rhodes.

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