Animalcouriers had the pleasure of transporting delightful dogs and cats from Portugal, Spain and France to their UK destinations.

Cisco, Clay and Rafi

We were pleased to see Labradors Cisco, Clay and Rafi again, who’ve been on their summer holidays in the Algarve. Their owners went on ahead to their south London home, and these three were happily waiting for us at Barking Mad Kennels in Lagos.

Tremendous trio Cisco, Clay and Rafi

Tremendous trio Cisco, Clay and Rafi

We were glad we didn't have to fit this donkey into our van

We were glad we didn’t have to fit this donkey into our van

Olive groves stretching as far as the eye could see

Olive groves stretching as far as the eye could see

Billy, Dusty and Fatso

Another trio, this time of cats. We collected these three characterful felines from an ancient village near Lagos. They and their owner are relocating to Edinburgh, to be closer to other family.

Fabulous Fatso

Fabulous Fatso

Delightful Dusty

Delightful Dusty

Billy (also known as The Blob)

Billy (also known as The Blob)

Oliver

In Spain we caught up with Westie Oliver, who’s travelling with us from Jaen. He and his owner have been staying with his owner’s parents over the summer, but now it’s time to return to London.

A final chin rub for Oliver before leaving his grandparents

A final chin rub for Oliver before leaving his grandparents

Sunset over the Sierra Nevada

Sunset over the Sierra Nevada

Sunrise as we walk the dogs in La Envia

Sunrise as we walk the dogs in La Envia

A street cat we met, living near our hotel and clearly enjoying plenty of titbits

A street cat we met, living near our hotel and clearly enjoying plenty of titbits

Chico and Paco

Frequent travellers Chico and Paco were all ready and waiting when we called in to collect them at their holiday home near Alicante. They’re on their way back to Edinburgh — we only hope they’ve packed their winter woollies, as it was over 40C when we picked them up!

Cheeky faced Chico

Cheeky faced Chico

Seriously handsome Paco

Seriously handsome Paco

Princess Fugly Ugly and Rocket

Black tortie Fugly and her canine chum Rocket joined us in Frigillana Neja. The whole family (including their horse) is returning to the UK, where their destination is St Leonards.

When Fugly was a kitten, the children wanted to name her Princess, but their parents felt she was too ugly, so they all compromised on Princess Fugly Ugly. Now, of course, she’s turned into a stunning creature — but the name has well and truly stuck!

Princess Fugly Ugly

Princess Fugly Ugly

Cocker Spaniel cross Podenco Rocket, whose owners warned us he will eat anything, was polite enough over his supper to pause for a photo

Cocker Spaniel cross Podenco Rocket, whose owners warned us he will eat anything, was polite enough over his supper to pause for a photo

Yvie

We collected pretty black-and -white puss Yvie from the beautiful town of Ceret, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. She’s on her way to join her family in London.

Lovely Yvie

Lovely Yvie

Breathtaking evening skies over Ceret

Breathtaking evening skies over Ceret

Jim

Faith’s handsome tuxedo cat Jim is one of our most regular travellers. Having spent a blissful summer at his village house in Paziols, he’s now on his way back to south London for a few months.

Jim is a very relaxed sort of chap

Jim is a very relaxed sort of chap

Scottie

Sweet little Scottie is something of a Houdini — she was due to join our previous trip back from France, but gave her owner the slip! Her owner originally found her in the pouring rain, a tiny kitten whose eyes weren’t even open. She nursed Scottie through it all and the bond between them is really strong. She’s on her way with us from Pouzolles to York.

Scottie, whose eyes are wide open these days

Scottie, whose eyes are wide open these days

Scottie's special 'bon voyage' card

Scottie’s special ‘bon voyage’ card

Valmont, Venus, Wall-E and Alaska

These four amazingly named cats are travelling with us from St Pierre de Bressieux to the family’s home in Bristol. Wall-e and Alaska are Devon Rexes, Valmont and Venus are Persians. 

Wall-E nabbed the comfiest spot

Wall-E nabbed the comfiest spot

And was soon joined by Alaska

And was soon joined by Alaska

Stunning Valmont

Stunning Valmont

Splendid Venus

Splendid Venus