view from the office window
Chow Chow dog
view from the office window
dogs on the beach
dog running in long grass

on the road with Animalcouriers

Great places to stay in Portugal and Spain; and Mickey, Ivan, Patrick, Snowy Owl, Pepper and Frankie get on board

Portugal

We got a great winter deal at the Pousada de Estremoz, where we spent a quiet and peaceful night.

The pousada offers a super dog-walking environment

The pousada offers a super dog-walking environment

Out on our morning walks, we were joined by a friendly local hound, who split his time between couriers J and M, keeping a sharp eye out for treats all the while. Here's Laura with our anonymous canine chum behind.

Out on our morning walks, we were joined by a friendly local hound, who split his time between couriers J and M, keeping a sharp eye out for treats all the while. Here’s Laura with our anonymous canine chum behind.

We decided to walk the puppies, Baco and Shuba, separately, to help them focus on the job in hand. The idea was busted by Shuba who just wanted to hang out!

We decided to walk the puppies, Baco and Shuba, separately, to help them focus on the job in hand. The idea was busted by Shuba who just wanted to hang out!

Cute and curious Jecca was reluctant to walk on a lead at first, but quickly got used to it and even started loving it

Cute and curious Jecca was reluctant to walk on a lead at first, but quickly got used to it and even started loving it

Pluto was quite nervous at first but soon got into the swing of the trip and loves his walks

Pluto was quite nervous at first but soon got into the swing of the trip and loves his walks

Pluto also loves his loves with courier M

Pluto also loves his loves with courier M

Time to say goodbye to our new friend

Time to say goodbye to our new friend

Buttresses holding up the pousada's old walls

Buttresses holding up the pousada’s old walls

Spain

We collected cool cat Mickey in Torremolinos. His owners had to return to Cork at short notice but Mickey couldn’t travel straight away. Fortunately Claudia stepped in to take care of him until it was time for us to collect him. He’ll travel with us as far as Dublin, where his owners will meet us.

Nothing seems to faze Mickey

Nothing seems to faze Mickey

In Madrid we called in at AAH Vets for the dogs to have their worming treatment, which is a pet passport requirement.

Baco with vet Liz (L) and Suzanne

Baco with vet Liz (L) and Suzanne

Laura was a very brave girl about taking her tablet

Laura was a very brave girl about taking her tablet

While in Madrid, we also collected Sara and Miriam’s three handsome tuxedo cats, Ivan, Patrick and Snowy Owl. The cats travelled to Madrid with us a couple of years ago, and now it’s time for the whole family to return to the UK.

Piratical Ivan

Piratical Ivan

Snowy Owl (L) and Patric (R)

Snowy Owl (L) and Patric (R)

Another great winter deal on an overnight stay awaited us at this 14th century castle in Madrid

Another great winter deal on an overnight stay awaited us at this 14th century castle in Madrid

Laura, queen of all she surveys

Laura, queen of all she surveys

View from the office window as we headed north towards France — freezing cold temperatures but stunning to look at nonetheless

View from the office window as we headed north towards France — freezing cold temperatures but stunning to look at nonetheless

France

We collected Spaniel Pepper from owners Amy and Chris. Both doctors, they’ve been living in France for a while, where they had hoped to practise. But the language is proving a barrier, so now they’re off to New Zealand where they’ll continue to work hard on their French, so that they can come back. So for the time being, their dog Pepper is off to stay with family in Newcastle.

Amy and Chris with their baby, saying au revoir to Pepper

Amy and Chris with their baby, saying au revoir to Pepper

A closer look at gorgeous Pepper

A closer look at gorgeous Pepper

There's been a lot of rain in south west France — here's Laura watching the water gushing over the weir on a swollen river

There’s been a lot of rain in south west France — here’s Laura watching the water gushing over the weir on a swollen river

Next stop was to meet another handsome black-and-white puss, Frankie. He belongs to Dorothy, who’s been planning her move to the UK for a while. Her biggest worry was how to move Frankie with the least disruption at a reasonable cost.

We picked Frankie up at Minou cattery in the Dordogne, which looks like a lovely place to stay. Nicky, a huge cat fan, keeps everything spick and span, and there’s not a dog in sight!

A very relaxed Frankie

A very relaxed Frankie

Today's view from the office window — a huge maize drier!

Today’s view from the office window — a huge maize drier!

It went on and on…

It went on and on…

We stopped off to give the dogs a leg stretch near a winery, where we came across this very practical aerator. An all-in-one solution to the challenge of holding the bottle, the glass and the aerator!

We stopped off to give the dogs a leg stretch near a winery, where we came across this very practical aerator. An all-in-one solution to the challenge of holding the bottle, the glass and the aerator!

By | 2016-10-17T10:49:24+00:00 Thursday, February 11, 2016|animal transportation, pet travel by road|29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Sammy February 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    What an AMAZING group of photos from this journey! What sweet faces – people AND animals alike! Love the castle, the aerator, the corn-drying contraption and —– well—– EVERYTHING!

    Pam

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Lots of fun places visited on this trip and everyone had great experiences!

  2. Jovina Coughlin February 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Love those adorable faces.

  3. HereThereBeSpiders February 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Oh goodness! Jecca is so adorable. And I will NEVER show my hubby that aerator! I need not more wine-gadgets!

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Jecca is a delight! Ah, but this one makes life so much easier 😀

  4. Tootlepedal February 12, 2016 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Your accommodation booker is doing a fine job.

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Courier J is rather pleased with her finds – booking.com does some great deals.

  5. Linda February 12, 2016 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Wow! A 14th century castle — you all know how to travel.

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      The off season is full of great deals – would be a great shame to pass them up 😉

  6. Sheila Morris February 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I am almost overwhelmed by the sophistication of the new website!! It’s really a fantastic site, and I assume it must be the result of enormous growth and success of your business!! I congratulate you and your team for a splendid job!
    I am still happy to locate the travel blog and see the pictures of the places and travelers – makes me wish I could meet them all in person but, failing that, at least we travel vicariously.
    You always bring a smile to Casa de Canterbury!!
    Have a great weekend!!

  7. Sand Spring Chesapeakes February 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I love castles, beautiful pictures of them and of the animals.

  8. Heather February 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous assortment of canines you have with you this time! You always have the best-looking lot.

  9. Marty the Manx February 15, 2016 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos and what a great trip! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
    Luvs
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

    • Animalcouriers February 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marty, Mom and the Gang – hope you all had a fab love in on Velentine’s Day 😀

  10. Theanne February 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I love traveling with you and the animals…if only vicariously 🙂

  11. Lavinia Ross February 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I’ve never seen a maize drier! You get to stay some amazing places on your travels, and see so much. Thank you for sharing all these photos with us all.

    I am always impressed by old castles and stonework, done in the days before machinery. A lot of hard physical labor.

    • Animalcouriers February 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      We love posting about the interesting things we see along the way. Couriers J&M are making the most of the low season to stay in as many of the wonderful old castles on the route as they can.

  12. Sherri-Ellen TD February 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    All tho all thee doggies are luvley mee luvss Jecca!!! Can shee come live with mee Lady Annie??? Mee wood take good care of her an LadyMum can walk her…
    Piratical Ivan iss sure hansum isn’t hee?? So many 4 leggedss travellin; they are all so brave an inn such good company 😉
    ***nose bumpsss*** Siddhartha Henry an (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen

    • Animalcouriers February 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Don’t know how many people want Jecca to come stay! Isn’t she gorgeous 😀

      • Sherri-Ellen TD February 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Jecca iss so purrty wee all luv her Lady Annie 😉
        **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry an ((hugs)) LadyMum

      • Sherri-Ellen TD February 21, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        Mee-you jeca sure iss Lady Annie!

  13. Sarah Ferguson & Choppy February 17, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Love all the black and white cats – the one we had growing up was a black and white guy named Findow!

    • Animalcouriers February 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      All houses should have a black and white cat, such characters. Findow is a new name for us!

  14. Rhonda Hernandez February 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! A-maize-ing journey this time ’round! I’d fall all over myself to stay in the castle in Madrid…what a treat that must have been 🙂 Such great photos of your precious cargo…again, Jecca just melts me!

    • Animalcouriers February 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Ha ha, nice one! Couriers J&M have been very lucky to be able to stay in many of the restored castles, only possible on low season but who needs the crowds and baking-hot sun? 😉

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