on the road with Animalcouriers

Setting off for Greece, and delivering Rosalina and Nox in Italy on the way

Animalcouriers has set off on what may be the most complex trip we’ve ever undertaken from a logistical point of view. This is just the start…

Couriers M and Mike left the UK on Sunday with Rosalina and Nox on board, bound for Italy. These two very beautiful and regal cats belong to Francesca. After working in London for a few years, she’s returned to her native Italy, and we had the pleasure of transporting her beloved pets.

Gorgeous Rosalina

Gorgeous Rosalina

Moustachioed Nox

Moustachioed Nox

Francesca delighted to be reunited with her cats

Francesca delighted to be reunited with her cats

The lovely landscape where Francesca and her cats will be living

The lovely landscape where Francesca and her cats will be living

An Italian village cemetery filled with flowers to mark All Saints' Day, which is taken very seriously in continental Europe (Hallowe'en being a very recent import)

An Italian village cemetery filled with flowers to mark All Saints’ Day, which is taken very seriously in continental Europe (Hallowe’en being a very recent import)

While couriers M and Mike wend their way by road towards the Greek capital, Athens, courier J flew to the same destination. Her hold luggage consisted of a big box containing seven slip leads, lots of newspaper, plenty of dog biscuits, and several bicycle chains and padlocks. Not some weird and wonderful bondage equipment, but everything she needed to escort seven dogs from Lesvos back to the mainland by boat!

Last night courier J met up with lovely Christos from Hellas Ferries, an Athenian travel agent. He regards Animalcouriers as personal friends, and the warmth and passion he shows us are what make Greek people very special to us. Christos organised courier J onto a Hellenic Seaways boat at Piraeus port for the crossing to Lesvos and back. They enjoyed a drink on the boat, swapping life stories, before it was time to set off.

Today courier J met Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Dogs and Cat Adoptions. In between looking after stray dogs and cats, Rebecca’s been on the beaches helping migrants from the water as their little boats reach the shore — just one element of a massive humanitarian aid operation that’s underway.

Rebecca handed over the seven dogs who are travelling to homes and owners the UK:

  • Bella, Zeus, Hercules and Bear are four puppies whose journey to Cambridgeshire has been sponsored by Wendy — all four have homes with friends and a vet
  • Another puppy, Berti, for Wild at Heart
  • Ian’s dog, Dexter, a holiday romance — Rebecca arranged a foster home for Dexter while he waited for us, as he just missed our last trip. We know Ian is very excited about Dexter’s imminent arrival, after quite some time apart.
  • Lucy, the dog we blogged about earlier in the week, who’ll be fostered by Wendy on arrival before moving to her forever home
Mike, a member of the ferry crew, kindly lending a hand at the onboard kennels. All the crew were really helpful, and let courier J prepare the cages on the outbound trip so they would be ready to house the dogs on the way back to Piraeus.

Mike, a member of the ferry crew, kindly lending a hand at the onboard kennels. All the crew were really helpful, and let courier J prepare the cages on the outbound trip so they would be ready to house the dogs on the way back to Piraeus.

The cages all kitted out

The cages all kitted out

Keys to the padlocks, for security

Keys to the padlocks, for security

The route to Lesvos took us past the spot where our van was impounded on arrival from Turkey a few years ago — what memories!

The route to Lesvos took us past the spot where our van was impounded on arrival from Turkey a few years ago — what memories!

One of the many homeless dogs on Lesvos…

One of the many homeless dogs on Lesvos…

…and a microcosm of the homeless people who've arrived there

…and a microcosm of the homeless people who’ve arrived there

Impounded boats on Lesvos

Impounded boats on Lesvos

The dogs settling in for the ferry crossing

The dogs settling in for the ferry crossing

Rebecca saying goodbye

Rebecca saying goodbye

A heap of wriggly puppies

A heap of wriggly puppies

There's always one, isn't there?!

There’s always one, isn’t there?!

Super cute Dexter

Super cute Dexter

Lucy accepted a treat so graciously and nibbled it so gently, she should have been offered a napkin!

Lucy accepted a treat so graciously and nibbled it so gently, she should have been offered a napkin!

Berti makes an early bid for longest (and waggiest) tongue

Berti makes an early bid for longest (and waggiest) tongue

By | 2017-02-08T17:34:53+00:00 Wednesday, November 11, 2015|animal rescue, animal transportation, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner November 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    there is always one… that’s true… and this one won our hearts immediately :o)

  2. crazytraintotinkytown November 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    good luck in your new lives and what a fabulous journey for all

    • Animalcouriers November 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dallas. It’s a rather complex journey this time and we’re crossing our fingers that all goes to plan 😉

  3. Jovina Coughlin November 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Don’t you wish all these beauties could have a home like Rosalina and Nox have.

  4. Timothy Price November 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Great post. The photos of the landscape, cemetery, impounded boats… in addition to the animals give a sense of place to your adventures.

    • Animalcouriers November 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      When there’s time we do like to give a taste of where we are. Sadly it’s often too hectic on the road to manage anything but the basics.

  5. Gunta November 11, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I agree with Timothy. I like your attempts at giving us a sense of the scenics, but I can surely understand that your primary responsibilities probably keep you hopping. Thus making the travelogue shots all that much more precious.

    • Animalcouriers November 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gunta. The blog was originally set up to give our clients news of the journey their pets were on but it evolved along the way. There were too many interesting things not to share and some great stories that had to be told.

      • Gunta November 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        …and I’m so very glad it evolved because I always enjoy seeing your adventures and the posts (and your traveling critters, of course!) 😀

  6. memadtwo November 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Your adventures give me a vicarious thrill sitting here in my office chair. So wonderful to reunite people with their animals. N.

  7. Sarah Ferguson November 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I love Nox’s mustache!

  8. pussycats3 November 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    This was a great trip. And for me, Lucy was the star. She was her sweet, gentle and beautiful girl.

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      She is a star and we hope she finds that forever home she’s looking for.

  9. Marty the Manx November 12, 2015 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Beautiful cats! So glad that all the woofie gang are moving on to new homes/to their families! Incredible all that you guys do!

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      The pusskins are gorgeous. The woofie gang is only the start of it 😉

  10. Fozziemum November 12, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    What an extensive work out you all had..those homeless pups and people really tug at your heart..such a sad time for so many and always for the animals a continuing battle for a home..safe travels to all even ‘that one’ because yes they are always the ones that make you smile 🙂 Loves Bev xx

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      So glad you’ve caught up with yourself Bev! It’s hard opening your eyes and looking around when in Greece — so many reminders of how things are falling apart in the world.

      • Fozziemum November 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

        I can only sadly imagine..such a torrid time and we see such sadness everywhere.all we can do is hope that sanity prevails…

  11. angelswhisper2011 November 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Awww…not only one 🙂 That Italy and Turkey are the most beautiful places we have ever been…well, in fact not me, but Granny 🙂 Extra Pawkisses to continue a safe trip 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers November 12, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      We loved our times travelling through Turkey but sadly it’s not possible to travel that way any more 🙁

  12. Karin Pinkham November 12, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Such little cuties and gorgeous landscapes to see. Have a wonderful Thursday.

  13. Animalcouriers November 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    We’re glad you enjoy our adventures 😀 It’s the best part for us too!

  14. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie November 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    How wonderful it is that to know there are still kind, helpful people in the world…always makes me happy to read how people help you (Animal Couriers) and your feathered, furry, etc. cargo 🙂

    • Animalcouriers November 16, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Such a big network of wonderful people helping the animals and us!

  15. ruthdetwiler November 13, 2015 at 3:56 am - Reply

    How wonderful so many sweet pets are making it home and to safe places. You are all a blessing in their lives.

  16. Sheila Morris November 15, 2015 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Such heartbreaking photos this time…the refugees…the homeless dogs in Greece…I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix all of the world’s problems at once.

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