After collecting dogs and cats in Greece, Animalcouriers took the ferry to Italy where another dog, two cats, and a 51-year-old parrot joined our trip to the UK.

Sylvie

Young Sylvie is an Athenian girl rescued from the streets by the Nine Lives Greece charity. She’s been lovingly fostered by Sophie, who is a serial kitten-cuddler for Nine Lives. Sophie’s sadness at passing on a kitten can only be lessened by a new kitten to care for. Sylvie’s new owners in Farnham are in for a treat with this lovely girl.

Sophie saying goodbye to Sylvie

Sophie saying goodbye to Sylvie

A final goodbye stroke for Sylvie

A final goodbye stroke for Sylvie

Rasty, Naomi and Liz

Maltese Rasty, Belgian Shepherd Naomi and Cocker Spaniel Liz all belong to Antonis. This lively trio are on their way to join him in Nottingham.

Alice with the three dogs — she and her mum have been looking after them and say they will miss them very much

Alice with the three dogs — she and her mum have been looking after them and say they will miss them very much

Aretha

Aretha is a very calm girl, who’s travelling to the north of England to join owner Christina. She was seen off by Christina’s boyfriend Vasillis‎, who was clearly very sad to see her go.

Lovely Lab cross Aretha

Lovely Lab cross Aretha

Maggie

Gorgeous Rottweiler ‎Maggie was brought to us by Eirini on behalf of her owner Spyridon. Maggie is on her way to join Spyridon in Harrow. She’s a very friendly and we’ll behaved young lady and we’re going enjoy having her along for the ride.

Maggie not paying the slightest attention to Eirini!

Maggie not paying the slightest attention to Eirini!

Smudge and Mia

These two cute little kittens from sunny Lesvos are travelling with us to sunny Dewsbury. Smudge is very forward and nosey, while Mia is little shyer at the moment.

Smudge giving us a very keen look

Smudge giving us a very keen look

Mia standing a little way back from the camera

Mia standing a little way back from the camera

Penny, Minnie and Pina

These dogs all hail from Lesvos. All three are calm and affectionate. Must be the island lifestyle!

Pretty Penny is travelling with us to the London area. She seems very calm and has a regal air about her as she sits neatly in her bedroom.

Pretty Penny is travelling with us to the London area. She seems very calm and has a regal air about her as she sits neatly in her bedroom.

Husky-looking Minnie is on her way to Dorking to join Richard.

Husky-looking Minnie is on her way to Dorking to join Richard.

Pina, also called Despina or Gidget, is on her way to join Jan in Broadstairs.

Pina, also called Despina or Gidget, is on her way to join Jan in Broadstairs.

Dog walking in Italy

We took the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. The dogs all enjoyed their first taste of Italian soil and grass on what was a rather damp and overcast day.

Maggie looks like she's up for anything

Maggie looks like she’s up for anything

Aretha has a calmer demeanour

Aretha has a calmer demeanour

Penny and Pina are good mates

Penny and Pina are good mates

Bespectacled Minnie

Bespectacled Minnie

Lesvos group romp!

Lesvos group romp!

Lightning Liz — a very merry Cocker

Lightning Liz — a very merry Cocker

Maltese Rasty has a very cheeky smile

Maltese Rasty has a very cheeky smile

Naomi is a very lovable character

Naomi is a very lovable character

Laurie

Little Laurie the Shih Tzu is a well travelled young man who joined us in Bologna for his journey to Leeds. Sporting a very elegant coat, he fits right into the Italian fashion scene. Vasiliki, sister of Laurie’s owner Louika, was too camera shy to be photographed with Laurie. Perhaps it was because she was a little bit emotional about seeing him go.

Laurie clearly knows he's a stylish hound

Laurie clearly knows he’s a stylish hound

A closer look at Laurie's smart coat

A closer look at Laurie’s smart coat

Bonnie and Sparky

Tabby cat Bonnie and best friend sparky joined us just south of Milan on a lovely sunny day. They were seen off by owners Christine and Douglas and their daughter Katie. Brother Fergus was deeply engrossed in a video game at the time. After 15 years in Italy, the family is relocating to Edinburgh. Bonnie and Sparky will initially travel to Kent to stay with grandparents until their new Scottish home is ready. That sounds like a good way to acclimatise before‎ before talking up residence in chilly Scotland.

Douglas, Kate and Christine with their beloved cats

Douglas, Kate and Christine with their beloved cats

Bonnie is very alert

Bonnie is very alert

 

Sparky seems a little shyer at first

Sparky seems a little shyer at first

Coco

Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot Coco is traveling with us from the Lake Como area of Switzerland to Grimsby. Karen bought baby Coco in the mid 1960s, and he was her pet until 1971, when he went to live with Karen’s brother in Zurich. Sadly Karen’s brother and his wife are no longer alive, and Coco has been living with Bruno for a few years.

Coco is now 51, and Karen is 76, and at last they’re going to be reunited! Karen tells us she’s in a state of shock, hardly able to believe that Coco is finally on his way back to her after all these years.

Brilliantly coloured Coco

Brilliantly coloured Coco

Glad that's not a courier's finger in Coco's beak!

Glad that’s not a courier’s finger in Coco’s beak!