view from the window during an Animalcouriers journey
pussycat passenger
horse and cart seen on the road with Animalcouriers
pug dog face
beautiful white pussycat passenger

on the road with Animalcouriers

Couriers converge in Italy, and more passengers hop on board as we head towards the UK

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

By |2016-10-17T10:49:08+00:00Wednesday, July 20, 2016|indroducing, pet transport, pets on holiday, visiting the vet|22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. easy rider July 20, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    wow that was a super tour with you :o) I love the tractor seats and the garden is just wonderful… do you think Nouri has some weimaraner genes with her grey fur?

    • Animalcouriers July 20, 2016 at 11:50 am - Reply

      We did take you on a long tour this time! The tractor seats tickled courier S too but we’re not sure how long you’d really want to sit on them 😉 Nouri could certainly have some Weimaraner in her, she’s got your build too.

    • Maria Grazia July 21, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Nouri is a boy, a saluki, he comes from Qatar, his coulour is the colour of the rock desert…

      • Animalcouriers August 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

        Oops, sorry! Editor’s mistake. Thanks for letting us know that he’s a Saluki and explaining his colour.

  2. Clowie July 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    That looks a lovely place to stay! I bet most people want to share with Candy – who could resist that face! You have some delightful passengers again.

    • Animalcouriers August 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      We are very lucky to stay in some rather fine places! Dangerous to be as beguiling as Candy — she’ll have to watch her waist 😀

  3. Timothy Price July 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    That is quite a load of passengers. Dog days and cats of summer.

    • Animalcouriers August 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      We do have a large contingent of passengers! Busiest we’ve ever been.

  4. Kare W July 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Fabulous pictures of everything! What an amazing journey for animal couriers and animals. So jealous and wish I could have been there, even in a big carrier!!

    • Animalcouriers August 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures! Suspect you might have been a little bent over if you’d travelled in the back 😉

  5. Margarita July 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure which I enjoy more: your passengers, your scenery, or your fabulous couriers. All are wonderful. Thank you for sharing! 😉 xoxoM

  6. Natalie July 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Your passengers must have some good tails (couldn’t resist) to tell of their travels! If only they could talk. But then maybe not. The cats would complain. 🙂

    • Animalcouriers August 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      You’re so right about the cats complaining – such a chatty lot 😀

  7. Simona July 20, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Hello- what time should i expect Chiara tonight? Thank you

    • Animalcouriers July 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Simona, we’ll all be back in the UK later this evening. Courier Dave will bring Chiara tonight and will be in touch to arrange a time. Not long now!

  8. Jovina Coughlin July 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Everyone a beauty and some delicious food.

  9. Savannah's Paw Tracks July 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    You have too much fun and good food on your jobs!! What delightful and lovely cargo you had on this trip.And Mont Blanc, just stunning

  10. Tootlepedal July 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Spectacular scenery and gorgeous passengers and on top of that organic cheese. Wonderful.

  11. Lavinia Ross July 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Fantastic scenery, beautiful passengers, and what a handsome dessert to end the series of photos!

    Love the double decker kitties. They look quite proud of themselves. Little Fiocco is so sweet, as is Candy.

  12. Little Binky and Granny July 28, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    OMC what a fantastic trip that was, with all the lovely doggies and kitties and what beautiful surroundings. Rome is like heaven…but all the other places are the stars in heaven. Granny says she wished she was a courier travelling all around the world, with all the cute passengers…but then she looks at me and shakes her head. 😉 Enjoy the swan 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Meal…Day and safe travels 🙂 <3 <3

  13. Sheila Morris July 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    OMG what journeys the couriers have – breathtaking vistas on this one!
    As you would predict, Rosie would be whisked across the pond to Casa de Canterbury if we had our way! 🙂
    Lovely to see the nice knockers in Italy.

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