Animalcouriers delivered Penny, Leonard, Oscar and Spike to their various destinations in Spain, then drove on to Portugal to collect the first of our UK-bound passengers, Molly. It seems only right to have another friendly English Bulldog on board, now that Spike is back with Fernando. Molly’s been staying at the Merrylegs Pet Hotel in Loule, run by Logan and Laura. Molly is on her way to Birmingham to rejoin Fran.
We then headed to Obidos for a hectic reunion for Tinks, JJ, Dexter and Aslan with their family. As we drove away, we spotted several hundred pine trees with their bark scored and a cup attached to the trunk to collect the resin — it looked rather like rubber being collected in Malaysia. Pine resin is used principally for the production of turpentine and rosin (best known for its use on the bows of violins and other stringed instruments).
Then, just outside Lisbon, we met our next UK-bound passengers joined us — Eva and Magali. These two gorgeous felines belong to Susana, and they’re travelling to Coventry to join her. Helena and Rachael, Susana’s sister, were on hand to see them off.