on the road with Animalcouriers

Heading through autumnal Swiss landscapes as we make for the UK

Animalcouriers continued north towards the UK, stopping off at Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, which is a super place to walk dogs. As well as lots of new smells to enjoy, there were plenty of waterbird cries to attract their attention.

We then continued on through France, and spent four hours getting through all the layers of security at the port before we could board our ferry to Dover. Once we reach the UK, our passengers will head off in different directions with various couriers, to be reunited with their families.

It’s been quite a challenging trip in some ways, especially at the Greek end. Greece was already being torn apart by its own financial and social issues, and the situation is now compounded by the humanitarian crisis that sees thousands of refugees arriving on Lesvos and nearby islands every day. Reeling under the pressure of it all, Greek ferry and transport workers stage 24-hour flash strikes, which add to the chaos.

As we left Athens on Saturday, crowds of people were picketing the toll booths. When we pulled up to pay, a scared-looking attendant just waved us through. At Igoumenitsa port, it was peaceful, but we later heard that the long delay to our boat was caused by an intensive search for suspected stowaways. We never felt personally threatened — the crowds were generally quiet and orderly, and we always have the tightest security around our van at all times.

Lake Lucerne, where the dogs enjoyed autumnal walks

Lake Lucerne, where the dogs enjoyed autumnal walks

These sheep came to greet us as we walked dogs by the side of Lake Lucerne. As you probably know, they provide the blue milk which is traditionally used to create the blue veins in various types of Swiss blue cheese. They're also shorn annually to provide the knitting wool for smurf hats.

These sheep came to greet us as we walked dogs by the side of Lake Lucerne. As you probably know, they provide the blue milk which is traditionally used to create the blue veins in various types of Swiss blue cheese. They’re also shorn annually to provide the knitting wool for smurf hats.

What's that? wonders Jacq, as he catches sight of the blue sheep…

What’s that? wonders Jacq, as he catches sight of the blue sheep…

…and wanders towards them for a better look

…and wanders towards them for a better look

Niko went up close and personal…

Niko went up close and personal…

…then got distracted by waterbirds flying overhead

…then got distracted by waterbirds flying overhead

Sugar poses in the autumn leaves

Sugar poses in the autumn leaves

Dexter looks for yet more love from courier M

Dexter looks for yet more love from courier M

Look into my eyes, says Lucy. Willingly! say we.

Look into my eyes, says Lucy. Willingly! say we.

Souki and Diego, a very relaxed pair, exchange friendly greetings with Berti

Souki and Diego, a very relaxed pair, exchange friendly greetings with Berti

 

Pretty Carrie, one of Carol's cats, is a rather shy girl, but she showed her face at teatime!

Pretty Carrie, one of Carol’s cats, is a rather shy girl, but she showed her face at teatime!

By |2016-10-17T10:49:32+00:00Wednesday, November 18, 2015|animal rescue, animal transportation, pet travel by road|32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner November 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    how was the smell of that sheeps Niko? I had no clue that smurf-sheeps exist too :o)

    • Animalcouriers November 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Niko was very confused, being a sheepdog mix he really didn’t recognise this breed 😉

  2. Linda Anselmi November 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This is why Animal Couriers is my favorite travel blog! I say this not just because you provide eye candy for all us animal lovers, but you always seem to find the strangest, most amazing sightings to share! You should have a category or photo folder of Animal Couriers Curiosities!

    • Animalcouriers November 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda! One of the many reasons for starting the blog was to relate the wonderful stories couriers J&M came up with! We should indeed start that category.

  3. crazytraintotinkytown November 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    You must get to see things that we only read about in newspapers but I’m guessing that sometimes that can be a bit of a dual-edged sword

    • Animalcouriers November 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      We do feel privileged to live the headlines but with animals in our charge we’d sometimes rather miss some of the knock-on effects they have on our progress.

  4. tootlepedal November 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    The last thing that I expected from one of your posts was blue humour…..but I enjoyed it.

  5. Timothy Price November 19, 2015 at 3:33 am - Reply

    I love that blue sheep and the expectant look on the dogs’ faces.

    • Animalcouriers November 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      You aren’t suggesting that there was any bribery involved in any of the photos are you Timothy? 😉

      • Timothy Price November 20, 2015 at 3:30 am - Reply

        Nooo! I didn’t see any black market dog biscuits.

  6. Sand Spring Chesapeakes November 19, 2015 at 4:20 am - Reply

    what beautiful pictures.

  7. stanzebla November 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    So that’s where smurf hats and blue cheese come from. Interesting! I already knew that brown cows produce cocoa. Wildlife is so versatile!

  8. Rhonda November 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Thankful you are all safe and sound and those blue sheep? Who knew!!!! Lovely photos as usual.

  9. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie November 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Lovely to see autumn and the furry critters. The blue “sheep” are wonderful, I think I need one in my yard 🙂

  10. Animalcouriers November 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    We do like to think that we’ve been part of Niko’s education 😀

  11. ruthdetwiler November 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    such lovely four legged fur babies

  12. onespoiledcat November 20, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Ahhh….beautiful Lucerne. I spent two beautiful days there on my honeymoon back in 1990! These animals seem to be enjoying it too…………

    Hugs, Pam

  13. thelonelyauthorblog November 20, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics. I love wildlife. Nice post.

  14. Lavinia Ross November 22, 2015 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Beautiful passengers, all of them! The white kitty with the rocky grey top reminds me of our Three Sisters cats, Wynken, Blynken and Nod. The girls have lost a little of the grey as they have grown older, now just past 2 years, but Wynken still has distinctive grey markings on her head.

  15. natjtan November 22, 2015 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Imagine all the tales your passengers could tell their humans! ‘We saw blue sheep! Blue sheep and the cats didn’t believe us!’

  16. rainbeaujewellery November 26, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Niko just loves everything and everyone ☺

  17. frederick anderson November 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Again I’m struck by the resemblance of Sugar to my own dog – who is called Honey, as if further proof were needed! They must be related. Poor Carrie probably feels a little outnumbered, with all those dogs about the place.

    • Animalcouriers November 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Well, if Honey does look like Sugar, we can see why you named her that! Yes, Carrie probably did think there were a few more dogs than necessary 😉

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