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