Rough Collie Animalcouriers passenger

on the road with Animalcouriers

Delivering pets in Switzerland and Italy, and collecting new passengers on our way back to the UK

We set off from the UK with a sweet pup and a gorgeous cat on board; and made the return trip with a passenger list of six dogs, two pups and a grande dame cat.

Betsy

Lovely Cocker Spaniel pup Betsy spent the night with courier S before the trip began, and enjoyed an evening stroll around the farm. Her new home is in the beautiful Lippiano hills near Florence

Those puppy dog eyes!

Those puppy dog eyes!

Betsy on arrival at her new Italian home, sporting her best collar and lead

Betsy on arrival at her new Italian home, sporting her best collar and lead

Betsy meeting her new playmate

Betsy meeting her new playmate

A magnificent theatre near Betsy's home

A magnificent theatre near Betsy’s home

Smidgen

We collected smoke Egyptian Mau cat Smidgen in Surrey, who travelled with us to Venthône in Switzerland. She was met by family members who took her for an evening stroll to check out her new environs.

Stunning Smidgen — who has an equally stunning personality

Stunning Smidgen — who has an equally stunning personality

A final cuddle before departure

A final cuddle before departure

Smidgen's new garden, complete with splendid views

Smidgen’s new garden, complete with splendid views

On leaving Smidgen we set off through the snow-capped Alps, en route for Italy

On leaving Smidgen we set off through the snow-capped Alps, en route for Italy

Jamie and Eddie

In Tivoli we met up with Springer Spaniel Jamie and German Shepherd cross Eddie, who been driven up from the south of Italy. Both dogs were rescued by their family and nursed back to full health. Now they’re on their way to the family’s home in Dagenham.

 The dogs arrived with heart-shaped muesli biscuits for all our canine passengers, sealing their popularity on board!

The dogs arrived with heart-shaped muesli biscuits for all our canine passengers, sealing their popularity on board!

Handsome Eddie

Handsome Eddie

Gorgeous Jamie

Gorgeous Jamie

Sky

Cutie-pie Sky joined us from her Italian home in the hills around Todi. She’s on her way to her family’s home in Wiltshire.

Sky was bought from a market seller — her origins are unknown, but her life now is wonderful

Sky was bought from a market seller — her origins are unknown, but her life now is wonderful

Shawo

Also in Todi we met up with one-year-old Golden Retriever cross Shawo, who’s heading off to start a new life in Chorley. Everyone’s very much looking forward to Shawo’s arrival.

What a lovely soft face Shawo has!

What a lovely soft face Shawo has!

Shawo makes an early bid for 'longest tongue'

Shawo makes an early bid for ‘longest tongue’

Sophie

Rough Collie Sophie was bred by vet Lisa in the Tuscan hills near the town of Volterra. We collected this sweetheart for her journey to Bristol.

Goodbye hugs for four-month-old Sophie

Goodbye hugs for four-month-old Sophie

What a super floof she is!

What a super floof she is!

We arrived at our Tuscan farmhouse accommodation in time to enjoy an amazing sunset during our evening walks

We arrived at our Tuscan farmhouse accommodation in time to enjoy an amazing sunset during our evening walks

Delicious and hearty farmhouse breakfast

Delicious and hearty farmhouse breakfast

Valentino

Lucky us, we met a second Cocker Spaniel pup on this trip! This is Valentino from the Florence area, who’s going all the way to Clackmannanshire in Scotland.

Handsome Valentino had a final wash and blow dry before getting on board

Handsome Valentino had a final wash and blow dry before getting on board

Someone's fond of Cockers!

Someone’s fond of Cockers!

Valentino settles in

Valentino settles in

The grapes in the area look like they'll soon be ready to harvest

The grapes in the area look like they’ll soon be ready to harvest

Ingwar

Near Milan we met up with Ingwar, a 16-years-young silver tabby cat. She’s travelling with us to London to join her owner who’s relocated for work.

A cool and composed arrival

A cool and composed arrival

Darling Ingwar takes no time to get settled in

Darling Ingwar takes no time to get settled in

Dudley and Alfie

We transported this gorgeous twosome to the Nice area for their summer hols. After five weeks of Mediterranean sunshine, it’s time for these mini Dachshunds to go home to Wimbledon.

Dudley and Alfie

Dudley and Alfie

Checking in at Animal Reception at Eurotunnel we found ourselves alongside Nick Skelton’s champion showjumper Big Star

Checking in at Animal Reception at Eurotunnel we found ourselves alongside Nick Skelton’s champion showjumper Big Star — this made the day for Courier S!

Congratulations indeed to Nick Skelton and Big Star on their Olympic gold

Congratulations indeed to Nick Skelton and Big Star on their Olympic gold

26 Comments

  1. linda ansselmi August 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Your posts always have a entertaining mix of animal travelers, food, views and unexpected encounters — but now your even bringing in the Olympic gold! Haha!

    • Animalcouriers August 23, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Courier S was beside herself with joy to rub shoulders (so to speak) with Big Star!

  2. Timothy Price August 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    You had a real load this time, and even got to mix with a star horse. Great looking breakfast and wonderful views.

    • Animalcouriers August 23, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      It was a great trip and the icing on the cake was to park up by Big Star. The couriers didn’t do too badly with eye candy and nourishment 😉

  3. Jovina Coughlin August 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Love the views and all those wonderful faces.

  4. Sherri-Ellen TD. August 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Wow Annie those photos took my breath away…the Alps are so majestic. And that breakfast looks like it was divine.
    All the dogs & cats look so calm & serene travelling!! You & the Couriers do an amazing job!!!
    Thank you for being patient; I am so far behind visiting here ( & many other blogs). Please know I totally enjoy your blog….I have to visit more often!
    (((hugs))) & good wishes, Sherri-Ellen & Purrince Siddhartha Henry

    • Animalcouriers August 23, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Hey, great to hear from you two! We’re rather behind our fave blogs at the moment too 😉 Will pop by to see how you are both doing…

  5. Pam and Sam August 23, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Oh what fabulous photos of places AND faces!! I just love seeing the world through your posts and all the joy owners of pets have when they reunite with them or even welcome them after a rescue to their “forever home”. What a TREAT to run into an Olympics champ on the road too!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    • Animalcouriers August 24, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

      It was a great trip and meeting an Olympic champ was very special!

  6. Clowie August 24, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

    The views from Smidgen’s place are fantastic!

    You have a gorgeous assortment of passengers for this trip.

  7. Sarah Ferguson & Choppy August 24, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    If Smidgen ever needs a person to take his place, I think I could handle that view for a few days!

    • Animalcouriers August 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Think there might be rather a lot of house sitters applying for that job!

  8. Little Binky and Granny August 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Glad you’re back, Annie and lots of cute passengers too 🙂 Great to see you . Hope you had a wonderful vacation and rest 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy WW 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers August 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you Little B and Granny! Had a fab break and raring to go again 😀

  9. Savannah's Paw Tracks August 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness Ms Annie, so many sweet passengers. And Smidgeon has such a fab garden

  10. giveuspaws August 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    It’s always fun to read about the wonderful furfriends you so carefully transport, and getting to see a few of the sights is an added bonus. Switzerland was home to my ancestors so I was delighted to get a peek of the grand Alps. Thanks as always for sharing!

  11. Sand spring Chesapeakes August 27, 2016 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful place and happy animals

    • Animalcouriers August 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      We were very lucky with the beautiful places and passengers.

  12. E A M Harris August 31, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Lovely pics of both animals and places.

    • Animalcouriers September 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post – we did get to carry some lovely animals and visit some great places.

  13. Lavinia Ross September 21, 2016 at 5:09 am - Reply

    What an exciting trip! Beautiful passengers, spectacular scenery, wonderful food and a star horse and rider!

    • Animalcouriers September 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      It was a lot of fun and meeting that special horse was the icing on the cake.

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