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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.