After reuniting pets with their owners in Spain, we crossed the border into Portugal to collect a fine group of passengers who’re travelling to the UK with us.

Pluto

On the Algarve we met Cocker Spaniel Pluto at Estoi. He’s been through some tough times in his short life, but now he’s off to live happily ever after with Joy in Surrey. Lena and her friend, who’ve been looking after Pluto, were in tears as they said goodbye to him. We were pleased to reassure them that Joy is very excited that he’s on his way to her.

Lena (L) and friend with beautiful black Pluto

Lena (L) and friend with beautiful black Pluto

Baco and Shuba

Next we called in on our friends Alan and Heather at Barking Mad Kennels, also on the Algarve, to collect a pair of reprobate pups. These young Portuguese Water Dogs were adopted by Alan’s sister Anne when she visited Alan and Heather last month. These lucky pups’ new home is in Belfast.

We always get a special welcome from Heather, and this time was no exception!

We always get a special welcome from Heather, and this time was no exception!

Alan with Baco and Shuba

Alan with Baco and Shuba

A closer look at Baco…

A closer look at Baco…

…and Shuba β€” what great button noses they both have!

…and Shuba β€” what great button noses they both have!

Not one of our passengers β€” this is Heather and Alan's Beagle, Nina, who always trawls our van for treats, and is rarely disappointed!

Not one of our passengers β€” this is Heather and Alan’s Beagle, Nina, who always trawls our van for treats, and is rarely disappointed!

Heather and Alan telling Baco and Shuba to be good dogs and not to show the family up with naughty behaviour!

Heather and Alan telling Baco and Shuba to be good dogs and not to show the family up with naughty behaviour!

Jecca

We collected gorgeous four-month-old Jecca from Emma in SaΓ΅ Luis. Emma runs a riding business and looks after horses and dogs with her partner. Jecca is on her way to Emma’s mum Angela, who used to live in SaΓ΅ Luis but is now back in the UK.

Emma holding Jecca β€” what a gangly puppy!

Emma holding Jecca β€” what a gangly puppy!

Lovely Jecca is a Portuguese Sheepdog and Staffie mix. Emma feels certain a few other breeds are lurking in there too.

Lovely Jecca is a Portuguese Sheepdog and Staffie mix. Emma feels certain a few other breeds are lurking in there too.

Jecca all settled in for the journey

Jecca all settled in for the journey

View from the office window β€” a busy day for storks, flying back and forth building their nests

View from the office window β€” a busy day for storks, flying back and forth building their nests

We were somewhat startled to see a bright orange snake sitting in a tree β€” until we realised it's a decoy to keep birds off the ripening fruit!

We were somewhat startled to see a bright orange snake sitting in a tree β€” until we realised it’s a decoy to keep birds off the ripening fruit!

Sushi and Sky

We met up with Gisela’s dad at her address, where her cats Sushi and Sky were looking out for us from the window with their bags all packed and ready. Gisela left for London yesterday morning, and it won’t be long before her adorable cats join her there.

Sushi (L) and Sky (R)

Sushi (L) and Sky (R)

Sushi gives us the once over

Sushi gives us the once over

Sky and Sushi settling in to their bedroom

Sky and Sushi settling in to their bedroom

Laura

Little Laura joined us in Salvaterra de Magos. Her owners have gone on ahead to get settled in Cambridge, and asked us to transport Laura to join them.

Laura waiting for us at the gate

Laura waiting for us at the gate