Couriers J and G collected pets in the Rome area and the port of Ancona, while couriers M and S docked at Brindisi, following their crossing from Greece.

Couriers J and G stayed at a delightful hotel less than an hour from Rome called I Due Laghi. It’s a combined farm and equestrian centre that also produces delicious organic milk and cheese. A peaceful interlude for us before tackling the roads around Rome!

Wonderful green and leafy gardens

Wonderful green and leafy gardens

Some parts of the garden are laid out in a formal style

Some parts of the garden are laid out in a formal style

Chiara

We met up with very pretty cat Chiara, who belongs to Simona. Simona has relocated to Northampton for work, and Chiara is travelling with us to join her.

Simona's brother-in-law brought Chiara to us ready for her journey

Simona’s brother-in-law brought Chiara to us ready for her journey

Nouri and Sinbad

During her time in Oman, Michelle adopted two dogs, Nouri and Sinbad, and is now bringing this elegant pair to live with her in the Bristol area. She flew back via Rome, where the dogs had a short stay in kennels until we could collect them for the last leg of their journey to the UK. Michelle has gone on ahead to get everything ready for her dogs’ arrival.

Nouri and Sinbad

Nouri and Sinbad

Having only recently flown in from Muscat, the dogs needed an internal parasite treatment before entering the UK. Here's Sinbad at the vet's, being a good boy about taking his worming pill.

Having only recently flown in from Muscat, the dogs needed an internal parasite treatment before entering the UK. Here’s Sinbad at the vet’s, being a good boy about taking his worming pill.

And Nouri also taking the pill without a fuss

And Nouri also taking the pill without a fuss

Samson and Matilda

A local vet has been caring for cuddly twosome Samson and Matilda, and preparing them for their journey to their new home in Worthing.

Super fluffy Matilda

Super fluffy Matilda

Hunky Samson

Hunky Samson

Double-decker kitties!

Double-decker kitties!

Arrival at Brindisi

Side winds at Brindisi meant that disembarking was slightly delayed. To help manoeuvre the large ferry and get the ramps down, little tug boats came out to steady the ferry. Once on dry land, all the dogs were glad to stretch their legs.

One of the helpful tugs

One of the helpful tugs

Courier M ready to offer the captain some advice

Courier M ready to offer the captain some advice

View of the castle in Brindisi harbour

View of the castle in Brindisi harbour

Cookie enjoys the refreshing breeze on her face

Cookie enjoys the refreshing breeze on her face

Lochy loves exploring

Lochy loves exploring

Ermioni shows us her model profile

Ermioni shows us her model profile

Gibbs is full of character and has an opinion about everything…

Gibbs is full of character and has an opinion about everything…

…including where he likes his blanket — here he is helping courier S with the housework

…including where he likes his blanket — here he is helping courier S with the housework

Springer Spaik loves the wind blowing her ears

Springer Spaik loves the wind blowing her ears

Rosie — who remind courier S of her own dog — loves rushing around on her walks

Rosie — who remind courier S of her own dog — loves rushing around on her walks

Lila loves checking what's going on

Lila loves checking what’s going on

Soft and gentle Bonnie

Soft and gentle Bonnie

Mandy keeps her nose to the ground

Mandy keeps her nose to the ground

Zizel has a great smile

Zizel has a great smile

Lilo enjoys his outing

Lilo enjoys his outing

Chantelle is very chilled out

Chantelle is very chilled out

Eric is… idle!

Eric is… idle!

Pizza, along with an Italian take on chip butties!

Pizza, along with an Italian take on chip butties!

Spending the night in Bologna

The two Animalcouriers vans met up in Bologna where the temperatures were very high. So we got up bright and breezy in the morning to walk all our doggy charges.

couriers converge in Italy

Up and about well before 7.00am

Elvis and Evie

Couriers S and G headed across the border to Switzerland to meet up with Elvis and Evie, a glamorous pair of Persians who belong to William and Helena. They’re travelling to their new home in Sussex, via a short stay at Burntwood Kennels, a partnership kennels and cattery near our Surrey office.

Handsome Elvis is an impressive 17 years young and a little shy

Handsome Elvis is an impressive 17 years young and a little shy

Fortunately he has kindly Evie to take care of him and keep him company

Fortunately he has kindly Evie to take care of him and keep him company

Waving at cable car passengers enjoying their summer holidays in the mountains

Waving at cable car passengers enjoying their summer holidays in the mountains

Having crossed the Alps, and with Switzerland behind us, we spent the night at a lovely rural hotel between Dijon and Reims, with super woodland walks.

Cookie walking in the cool morning air

Cookie walking in the cool morning air

A friendly goat at the hotel

A friendly goat at the hotel

An equally friendly kid, showing off what looks like luxurious goat accommodation

An equally friendly kid, showing off what looks like luxurious goat accommodation

We ate breakfast sitting on bar stools made out of tractor seats!

We ate breakfast sitting on bar stools made out of tractor seats!

Suki and Izzy

Still in Italy, couriers J and M collected Suki and Izzy, who belong to Monique and Maria. The cats are on their way with us from La Spezia to London. They’re quite used to travelling, as Monique and Maria — and Suki and Izzy — split their time between Italy and the UK.

A view over the Matterhorn as we head towards La Spezia

A view over the Matterhorn as we head towards La Spezia

Maria and her father meet us with the cats

Maria and her father meet us with the cats

Dainty Izzy (named for Isadora Duncan)

Dainty Izzy (named for Isadora Duncan)

Gorgeous jet-black Suki

Gorgeous jet-black Suki

The view Suki and Izzy are leaving behind (for now)

The view Suki and Izzy are leaving behind (for now)

A night in Roppolo

We stopped for the night at Roppolo in the Piedmont region in the north-east corner of Italy, with a view over the Alps. There’s great dog-walking in the grounds of the hotel, Tenuta Variselle, where fruit trees and berry bushes abound. Courier J was spotted scrumping! Spending time in calm, relaxing environments like this, with friendly and welcoming hosts, more than compensates for hours spent on the motorway, and gives us the opportunity to recharge our batteries.

The hotel overlooks a lake — what a sunset!

The hotel overlooks a lake — what a sunset!

This was our view down the hill during our al fresco breakfast.

This was our view down the hill during our al fresco breakfast.

Resident Golden Retriever Candy stopped by at breakfast time…

Resident Golden Retriever Candy stopped by at breakfast time…

…as did hotel cat Fiocco

…as did hotel cat Fiocco

You see some nice knockers in Italy

You see some nice knockers in Italy

We couldn't leave the Carnaroli area without buying some of the delicious local rice, which is especially good for risottos

We couldn’t leave the Carnaroli area without buying some of the delicious local rice, which is especially good for risottos

Somewhat surreal — drinking coffee today in 34C and gazing at the glaciers on Mont Blanc

Somewhat surreal — drinking coffee today in 34C and gazing at the glaciers on Mont Blanc

And finally… pudding!

A profiterole swan, floating on a lake of chocolate sauce

A profiterole swan, floating on a lake of chocolate sauce