In Faro Animalcouriers met up with Nuno and his dog Zigg. Nuno’s girlfriend has already moved to London, and now it’s Zigg’s turn to make the journey. Nuno will follow on soon. Both Nuno and his girlfriend are moving for work.
We were pleased to have the chance to call in on Heather and Alan, old friends of ours who run Barking Mad Kennels near Lagos. They’ve been looking after Rikki, a holiday romance for Sandy. Sandy found stray Rikki while on holiday in the area — she’d been injured in an accident. Sandy decided to adopt Rikki, and asked Heather and Alan to look after her until she was well enough to travel, and her passport was ready.
We enjoyed a real treat that evening, when we joined Heather and Alan for a meal at a little local bar-restaurant — not at all the sort of place you’d usually stumble on as a tourist. It was in the delightfully unspoilt village of Barao, which has become a popular haunt for a community of arty folk. As a result, various murals, statues and other artworks have popped up around the village. The restaurant served an inexpensive, delicious meal which included fishy starters and a main course of wild boar and beans, rather like a cassoulet. The experience gave us an interesting insight into Portuguese village life.
While in the Algarve we collected Yellow Lab Shelley, who belongs to Louise and her daughter Rebecca. Originally from Belfast, they’re now leaving the Algarve, as Rebecca has a place at Loughborough university to study sport. Rebecca is very excited about going back to the UK. Shelley being a Labrador is calmly taking it all in her stride.
We then crossed the border into Spain, where we hooked up with Lorna at the La Canada shopping centre in Marbella. Her Poodle Louis is a frequent Animalcouriers traveller, but usually goes by air. This is his first road trip with us. So far, he seems to be enjoying it.