Animalcouriers met up with three super cats and a cheeky Cocker Spaniel who’re all travelling with us to the UK.
Emma is moving to Montrose in Scotland from her home town of Chiclana de la Frontera, in south west Spain, and we’re transporting her cat Ginger for her.
Ginger is a very lucky cat. He was found on the streets and taken to a cat charity, where Emma met him and decided to adopt him, and now he is quite firmly her boy!
Emma told us she had found our travel blog very comforting, reading about the pets. She even noticed we had been to Chiclana before! She felt that seeing the cats and the way they travel with us helped her decision along.
Ascension in Fatima
To mark Ascension Day we stayed at the Convent of the Dominican Sisters in the Portuguese town of Fatima. The sisters welcomed us warmly and served us with a well cooked simple meal of soup and fish, followed by egg pudding, and we were offered a bottle of the local red wine.
As we walked the dogs coaches were pulling into town, and bells were tolling from the enormous town square, where preparations for a day of worship were planned. We’d love to have stayed for longer but unfortunately had to be on our way.
We called in to collect a cat called Nikos from his grandparents. Although we speak no Portuguese and they spoke no English, it all turned out well.
This is the second time Nikos has started his journey to rejoin his owner in the UK. The first time, he escaped from another pet shipping company and went missing. Fortunately he was found and reunited with the family, ready to have another go.
We stopped in Castelo Branco to collect Ana’s cat Kiya, who’s been in the care of Ana’s mum, Ermelinda. Now Ana has found cat-friendly accommodation in the UK so Kiya can travel to join her in Surrey.
In damp and foggy weather we met Cocker Spaniel Oscar just south of Porto. His owner Liliana and her son Fabio came to see him off. As with every Portuguese pet so far there were tears as we drove off! But Liliana and Fabio will reach UK before us, and will have a red carpet out to welcome Oscar to his home.
Oscar is a rescue dog — he’s nine years old and has lived with Liliana for two years. He has a few allergies and problems with food, so maybe that’s why a former owner gave him up?