view from the window during an Animalcouriers journey
pussycat passenger
horse and cart seen on the road with Animalcouriers
pug dog face
beautiful white pussycat passenger

on the road with Animalcouriers

Pick-ups in Portugal: Pluto, Baco, Shuba, Jecca, Sushi, Sky and Laura

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 — what great button noses they both have!

…and Shuba — what great button noses they both have!

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

Not one of our passengers — 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 Saõ 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 Saõ Luis but is now back in the UK.

Emma holding Jecca — what a gangly puppy!

Emma holding Jecca — 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 — a busy day for storks, flying back and forth building their nests

View from the office window — 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 — 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 — 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

By |2016-10-17T10:49:24+00:00Monday, February 8, 2016|animal transportation, indroducing, pet travel by road|33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Sammy February 8, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Great photos……the storks have taken over that tower but what a GREAT spot for their nests! That yellow snake decoy is a bit STARTLING but serves a wonderful purpose. Hope all the animals have a good trip !

    Pam and Sam

    • Animalcouriers February 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Storks are very inventive in the places they take over for their nests. We love seeing them en masse like this. The snake certainly made courier J stand back and think twice about progressing 😀

  2. easy rider February 8, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply

    O maybe you can bring Jecca to me?… she is a super cute pup! the snake looks like real, that beast would make a great halloween-trick :o)

    • Animalcouriers February 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Jecca would be such a great companion for you Easy but we think Angela might be a little disappointed if she went awol 😉 Maybe Mom will find a similar snake at her favourite shop?

  3. Timothy Price February 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Another lovely bunch of pets, with some fun people in the mix.

  4. Dallas Dyson February 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    One of those lovely water dogs made a visit to Dad in hospital; three years old & still a bouncy pup

  5. Jovina Coughlin February 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Great close ups and the cover photo is attractive – wild flowers galore.

    • Animalcouriers February 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Those wild flowers were simply special – went on for ever and ever.

  6. Bacon Thompson February 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Such cute babies. And I’ve never seen storks making nests before – so awesome. And that snake – OMP – I think I wet myself a little when I saw it – snorts. I don’t care if it wasn’t real – XOXO – Bacon

    • Animalcouriers February 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      What is it about snakes? Your brain knows it’s a decoy but then doesn’t trust itself 😀

  7. Linda February 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Jecca is beyond cute! The snake would scare me away! Storks making nests — You mean they provide temporary housing as well as delivery service? Kind of sounds like AC! 🙂

    • Animalcouriers February 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Ha ha ha – what a lovely idea about storks! Jecca is not just cute she’s learning fast – didn’t know about leads when she got on board and now thinks walks on a lead are just perfect.

  8. Rui Camacho February 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I cannot wait to be reunited with my Sushi and Sky…they are my son and daughter

  9. Karin February 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Awe, those faces! Just darling…

  10. emma February 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    hello hope jecca is behaving her brother thunder looks pleased with himself bed ,food ,cuddles all to himself didn’t cry bark nothing at night doesn’t miss her at all my daughter cried when she went home but got over it quickly have a safe journey love the photos big kiss to you all emma

    • Animalcouriers February 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Jecca is doing wonderfully and is now walking on a lead perfectly. Thunder is no doubt happy to be an only child 😉 A relief he settled so quickly. Thanks, all doing well and won’t be long before Jecca arrives with your mother.

  11. Little Binky and Granny February 8, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Oh, my…we do so undertand the tears of Lena and her furriend. It is just so hard to leave them behind..even if they’re in good hands 🙂 Jecca is so cute, he stole our hearts today <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Journey 🙂 <3 <3

  12. Sand Spring Chesapeakes February 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    A whole lot of cuteness going on.

    • Animalcouriers February 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      So many puppies on this trip. Mind you, you’re surrounded by them too!

  13. Gunta February 9, 2016 at 3:18 am - Reply

    It’s a wonder Shuba can see anything. Another great bunch of travelers.

  14. Curtis Mekemson February 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Superb nose shots today and I really like the photo of Alan with Baco and Shuba. –Curt

    • Animalcouriers February 10, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      We adore the noses. Alan did very well to hold those two in such a relaxed manner. They’re squiggly and wiggly most of the time 😉

  15. Misaki February 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Hope they all have a good trip

  16. Clowie February 11, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    That snake is a bit worrying when you first see it!

    You have a lovely collection of passengers again!

  17. Marty the Manx February 15, 2016 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Love the pictures of all. The storks are amazing 🙂

  18. Lavinia Ross February 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful passengers, all of them! I love the button noses. You could have the cutest nose contest right along with the longest tongue contest!

  19. Rhonda Hernandez February 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    That closeup of Jecca is a keeper!!! Love her face and tickled to see another staffie mix with such gentle eyes! The water dogs are beauties too…but sound like a handful 🙂

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