Lovely young tortoiseshell cats Hearty and Lola hail from the Balearic Islands. They were brought by ferry to Denia and collected by our friends from Casa Antigua kennels and cattery in Jesus Pobre. Now they’re on board with Animalcouriers, on their way to the UK. They’re a playful pair, amusing themselves by leaping around their compartment and being general hooligans!

Our final stop in Spain was to collect gorgeous Maine Coon cat Russo from Cynthia. Russo regularly commutes between Hertfordshire and the beautiful seaside town of Tamariu, near Girona. He usually travels with Cynthia and Larry by car but, as Larry is unwell, Animalcouriers has the honour of chauffeuring Russo this time.

Once across the border into France, our final passengers joined us in Sigoules, a beautiful rural spot in the Bergerac area. Labrador Kaly enjoys walking, eating and chatting, while her feline companions Moggy and TomTom are making the most of their elevated position in our van. It lets them keep an eye on everything while maintaining a certain catlike aloofness.

Hearty is a fearless young thing

Hearty is a fearless young thing

Lola, almost her mirror image, is equally fearless!

Lola, almost her mirror image, is equally fearless!

Cynthia gives her beloved Russo a goodbye hug

Cynthia gives her beloved Russo a goodbye hug

Moggy and TomTom have a great vantage point in the van

Moggy and TomTom have a great vantage point in the van

TomTom gives us a dark brown stare

TomTom gives us a dark brown stare

Moggy is a little shyer

Moggy is a little shyer

Kaly wondering if there might just be another biscuit in courier Mike's pocket

Kaly wondering if there might just be another biscuit in courier Mike’s pocket

Yup, there was!

Yup, there was!

Lola and Honey enjoy their morning walks

Lola and Honey enjoy their morning walks

Michael looking across to see what Lola and Honey are up to

Michael looking across to see what Lola and Honey are up to

Nina is a good girl who soon got used to walking on her lead

Nina is a good girl who soon got used to walking on her lead

Pixtura's favourite part of the walk is getting back into bed with a biscuit!

Pixtura’s favourite part of the walk is getting back into bed with a biscuit!

We ordered bacon rolls for breakfast — what turned up could have fed a family of four twice over!

We ordered bacon rolls for breakfast — what turned up could have fed a family of four twice over!

Pixtura back with her owner in Cambridgeshire — they'd been apart for several months so it was a very emotional reunion

Pixtura back with her owner in Cambridgeshire — they’d been apart for several months so it was a very emotional reunion

Nina reunited with David — daughter Sadie wrote to say: "Dad's so happy, thank you so much. Nina is now asleep cuddled up with dad, she has already settled in, it's lovely."

Nina reunited with David — daughter Sadie wrote to say: “Dad’s so happy, thank you so much. Nina is now asleep cuddled up with dad, she has already settled in, it’s lovely.”