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on the road with Animalcouriers

Final collections in Portugal, Spain and France: dogs, cats, rabbits and a hamster

After a day of driving winds and torrential rain, we stayed the night just outside the beautiful city of Avila in Spain, at a golf resort offering a good deal. After all, who wants to play golf in those weather conditions — apart from hardy Brits perhaps!

We woke with relief to a much milder day, so we were able to enjoy the views of the city walls and the countryside, and walk the dogs in the resort’s lovely gardens.

After collecting the last of our Spanish passengers, we headed to Narbonne and stayed the night with friends. Yesterday we made our final collections in France, and expected to make good headway towards Calais. But the combination of Ascension weekend and the horrid wet and windy weather meant that the motorways were heaving with traffic, and the driving conditions were less than ideal, so we didn’t get as far as expected. Today we’ll make up as much lost time as we can, to stay on track for our Channel crossing from Calais tomorrow.

Mikas and Onda

Our friends and colleagues at Global Pet Travel in Lisbon arranged for Mikas and Onda to travel to the UK with us. Owner Ana is working as a care professional in the Gloucester area. We collected the two dogs from their grandparents in Nazaré, who gave them a very loving send-off.

Cute little Mikas… from Spain

Cute little Mikas…

 …sharing with best pal Onda from Spain

…sharing with best pal Onda

Snowball

Daniella is just finishing her Erasmus year in Madrid, before heading back to university in Edinburgh for her finals next year. While she was in Madrid, she adopted a stray cat called Snowball, who’s relocating to Scotland with her.

We popped Snowball and his carry bag into his bedroom, along with his own special blanket. A proper home from home!

Daniella's friend Enis came to help see Snowball on his way in Spain

Daniella’s friend Enis came to help see Snowball on his way

We can see why Daniella fell for him — Snowball has amazing blue eyes and very delicate markings, Spain

We can see why Daniella fell for him — Snowball has amazing blue eyes and very delicate markings

Sally’s hamster

At Sabadell in Catalonia we met up with Sally and her partner, and their gorgeous little black-and-white hamster — a late addition to our trip. We received an email in the morning asking if she could travel —fortunately, we were passing nearby that very day with a space to spare, so now she’s on her way to Wakefield.

Our littlest, last-minute passenger — very cute and alert, Spain

Our littlest, last-minute passenger — very cute and alert

Cohiba and Albisor

These two rabbits belong to Sinzy and Alex, who’re relocating from Barcelona to London for work.

As we pulled into our meeting place to collect Sally's hamster and Sinzy and Alex's rabbits, we saw that the two couples had met up and were exchanging stories about their travelling pets!, Spain

As we pulled into our meeting place to collect Sally’s hamster and Sinzy and Alex’s rabbits, we saw that the two couples had met up and were exchanging stories about their travelling pets!

Sinzy saying goodbye to her rabbits in Spain

Sinzy saying goodbye to her rabbits

Charlie and Louis

We collected this wonderful pair of dogs from James at Domaine Bégude near Limoux. Part of the family is moving back to Yorkshire so that daughter Millie can go to secondary school there.

Even on a rather bleak afternoon, the views over the vineyards at this organic domaine are stunning, France

Even on a rather bleak afternoon, the views over the vineyards at this organic domaine are stunning

James explaining the domaine's wine-making processes to us. Their biggest UK client is Majestic Wines; and Waitrose stocks their chardonnay. With the wine market becoming more global every year, they have clients as far away as Thailand and Australia.

James explaining the domaine’s wine-making processes to us. Their biggest UK client is Majestic Wines; and Waitrose stocks their chardonnay. With the wine market becoming more global every year, they have clients as far away as Thailand and Australia.

James with just a small quantity of wine in the stockroom

James with just a small quantity of wine in the stockroom

Domaine Bégude's award-winning chardonnay

Domaine Bégude’s award-winning chardonnay

Courier M making friends with both dogs in the time-honoured tradition — with a couple of tasty treats!

Courier M making friends with both dogs in the time-honoured tradition — with a couple of tasty treats!

Charlie checking out his accommodation before hopping on board

Charlie checking out his accommodation before hopping on board

Handsome black Lab Louis all settled in

Handsome black Lab Louis all settled in

Thor

The final passenger on our list was ginger tabby cat Thor from Montpellier. Owner Céline has moved to London, and Thor has been looked after by a friend of Céline’s until he could join her.

Gorgeous Thor got on board and immediately hunkered down for a nap

Gorgeous Thor got on board and immediately hunkered down for a nap

Meanwhile, reunions in the UK

While couriers J and M wend their way towards the UK, courier Mike has got there first and has already reunited his passengers from France with their owners.

Helen meets her new Peke puppy Ludo

Helen meets her new Peke puppy Ludo

Jean is delighted to have Misty back in her arms

Jean is delighted to have Misty back in her arms

Gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside for Apache and Kali to enjoy

Gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside for Apache and Kali to enjoy

Both dogs happy to be home

Both dogs happy to be home

After all that rushing about, time for both dogs to have their supper

After all that rushing about, time for both dogs to have their supper

By |2016-10-17T10:49:16+00:00Monday, May 9, 2016|indroducing, pet transport|32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Sam and Pam May 9, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    What gorgeous countryside……..lovely wine………happy families!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    • Animalcouriers May 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      It’s great getting inside info from our customers on the wine front! We tested the Chardonnay last night and it was delicious 😀

  2. Sand spring Chesapeakes May 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Hi gang have a great day

    • Animalcouriers May 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks guys — we hope to progress further and faster today 😉

  3. Jovina Coughlin May 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Visit a winery on the way – great idea.

  4. Savannah's Paw Tracks May 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I love your blog. Wish I visited more often. The best photos ever and such fun passengers, not mention it’s like getting a travel tour of all the places you go.

  5. Lavinia Ross May 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Quite a varied load of beautiful passengers and some very gorgeous countryside. Love the vineyard and inside peek at Domaine Begude!

    • Animalcouriers May 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Although the countryside was indeed very beautiful, a little more sunshine would have made it quite stunning. We did have to peek inside a bottle that evening 😉 Delicious!

  6. Sally & Ben May 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Hi guys,
    We just want to thank you again so much for accepting a last minute little passenger, our hamster, Beau!
    The scenery on your roadtrip back to the UK looks amazing and reminds us of our own roadtrip with Beau from Andorra down to Catalunya to get her to you.
    Thanks again and we’ve already told all of our overseas animal-owning friends all about you and the wonderful service you provide!
    Sally & Ben

    • Animalcouriers May 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Sally & Ben – it was our pleasure to fit Beau in! Her name fits her very well.

  7. Marty the Manx May 10, 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    So glad to be back and part of your travels again 🙂 Wonderful group of travelling companions again! Safe travels!

  8. Sheila May 10, 2016 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Spike needs a new buddy, and I think Onda is the perfect friend for him – do you mind stealing him and sending to Casa de Canterbury?? 🙂
    Your business must be booming, and I have no wonder why – your loving care is obvious in every post!!

    • Animalcouriers May 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Oh, we see so many hounds who could make Spike a great buddy – such a shame we’re so far away!

  9. Gunta Norman May 10, 2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

    For a moment I thought Courier M was offering the dogs some wine! 😉

  10. Sonel May 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    It definitely looks like you and all the gorgeous passengers had lots of fun AC. Such stunning photos of everything and the landscapes at Glouchester is just so beautiful. Ludo the Peke stole my heart. What a beautiful darling! Thanks for sharing. 😀 ♥

    • Animalcouriers May 10, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Everyone had a lot of fun but a little more sun would have made it much better! Glad you enjoyed the countryside – we did visit some gorgeous places.

  11. Clowie May 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    That looks like a very interesting trip with some gorgeous passengers.

  12. Danielle May 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful animals! I can’t wait to be reunited with Snowball. I hope she is making friends! 😀 safe travels. Danielle xx

    • Animalcouriers May 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Danielle, won’t be long now until Snowball is back with you. She made friends with all the humans she met – quite a stunner and jolly friendly!

  13. Sarah Ferguson & Choppy May 11, 2016 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Hamsters and rabbits – that was quite the trip (and definitely one where you make sure any cats along for the ride are securely fastened inside their carriers!).

    • Animalcouriers May 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Ah yes, we do make sure there is no intermingling of species on any of our trips 😉

  14. Aquileana May 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Even a hamster, wow, that´s so neat… and … the cat Thor is definitely a very cute kitten…
    Very nice post… all my best wishes. Aquileana

    • Animalcouriers May 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, the hamster was a last-minute addition to the trip but a very cute one! Thor is a very gorgeous cat. Glad you enjoyed it.

  15. Little Binky and Granny May 19, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    The pictures of the country are amazing, Annie. What a beautiful environment…even without the wine 😀 One by one all lovely passengers again. cute and adorable and we are leaving the blog with a big smile on our face again 🙂 Pawkisses for a safe travel 🙂 <3 <3

    • Animalcouriers May 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      You’re right, all gorgeous even without wine 😀 So glad you’ve got smiles on your faces!

  16. Theanne May 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed this trip 🙂 Wanted to let you know I love your animal videos on Facebook 🙂

    • Animalcouriers May 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      We’re having a lot of fun posting the videos – glad you’re enjoying them 😀

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