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on the road with Animalcouriers

From Scotland to France: three dogs, three rabbits and a chinchilla

Deb and Ian used to run a B&B near picturesque Loch Lomond. Now they’re off to do the same in France’s delightful Dordogne region. They had quite the menagerie in Scotland: three Cairn Terriers, three rabbits, a chinchilla, alpacas, horses and hens.

All the pets are making the move apart from the hens. Deb was sad not to take them to France, but felt that leaving them behind — however reluctantly — was the right decision. She told us:

“Blood tests etc would be a lot for the girls to go through when I know they will be well looked after by the new owners, and much happier on their home turf.”

Her only concern now is that the alpacas will now have nothing to do, as they used to guard the hens from the foxes!

The alpacas and horses are travelling separately, while the dogs, rabbits and chinchilla travel with Animalcouriers on a dedicated trip. Courier Mike collected them in Scotland and home boarded them for the night; Courier Valerie took over the rest of the way to France.

Cairn Terriers Freddie, Archie and Davey…

Cairn Terriers Freddie, Archie and Davey…

…making themselves completely at home at Courier Mike's

…making themselves completely at home at Courier Mike’s

Beautiful bunnies Caitlin, Bones and Kirk

Beautiful bunnies Caitlin, Bones and Kirk

Cheeky chinchilla Dotty

Cheeky chinchilla Dotty

By |2016-10-17T10:49:21+00:00Sat, Mar 5, 2016|bespoke trips, pet transport, pet travel by road|19 Comments


  1. easy rider Mar 5, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Oh maybe I can be a guest of their b&b in dordogne? That would be great! and this land needs some terriers that’s for sure :o)

    • Animalcouriers Mar 8, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Everywhere needs terriers! We’re sure you would be very welcome there Easy.

  2. Sam and Pam Mar 5, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Good decision leaving the hens behind…..they’ll be just fine! What a great thing to move from one beautiful location running a B&B to another.

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    • Animalcouriers Mar 8, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Yes, the hens are probably very happy to stay where they know. Not a bad exchange, is it!

  3. GP Cox Mar 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    You certainly do handle a wide variety of animal pals!!

  4. Jovina Coughlin Mar 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Have a safe journey.

  5. Savannah's Paw Tracks Mar 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    We would enjoy staying with them in France but Loch Lomond would have been even better.

    • Animalcouriers Mar 8, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Yes, Loch Lomond is a rather fine place but we’re sure they’ll love France too.

  6. Lavinia Ross Mar 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Yes, the hens are probably best left on their own turf, although I fully understand not wanting to leave them behind. Alpacas guarding chickens…that is a new one to me! I am used to seeing them in with sheep and goats here.

    Safe travels to all your beautiful passengers! 🙂

  7. Dallas Dyson Mar 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I would love to have seen a video of the Alpacas bodyguarding the chickens

  8. Tootlepedal Mar 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    A very mixed bag in this load. I think the hens will be very happy to stay in Scotland.

  9. Dad Mar 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    So that’s a chinchilla. I’d never even seen a picture of one before.

  10. Sonel Mar 8, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    It’s so awesome seeing these little beauties so at home at Courier Mike’s home. They clearly know they are loved and taken well care of. 😀

    The bunnies are so adorable and Dotty is just so cute! 😀

    I can see they had lots of fun travelling with you all AC. Wonderful that you all care so much for these little darlings. 😀

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