Animalcouriers set off from the UK with a fine crew of passengers on board. Our first stop was a wonderful hotel in Normandy, Chateau du Landel at Bézancourt.
We always try to do some research before we set off to find places to stay where we can park safely, where our passengers will be welcome, and where dogs can have good walks. Generally, we do pretty well and this time was no exception.
This lovely chateau was an out-of-season bargain — we would always encourage travellers in France to consider places to stay away from town and in the countryside. Quite apart from the beauty of the surroundings, there are many stunning places to stay at reasonable prices.
We chatted to a granddaughter of the family who built the house several generations ago, and heard about its former life as a glass factory, the farming, some local history, and how some parts of the property have been converted into workshops. We even met the donkeys!
Courier Dave collected gorgeous cat Rosie from Northumberland and brought her south to join the trip. Rosie was our first reunion, delivered to Philip and his wife in Saint Saviol, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France.
Coco, Mitzie, Duke and Luke
This super canine quartet were rounded up north of Aberdeen, ready to join us for their journey to the Dordogne. They’ll find the countryside just as pretty, but the temperatures a whole lot warmer than they’ve been used to!
We reunited them with their owner Sue, who’s staying temporarily with a friend who has five dogs! So there was quite a welcoming committee when Sue’s four arrived.
Billy and Beau
Billy and Beau are relocating from Wigan to Mézerville, a village in the Languedoc region of France. They’re travelling with us to rejoin their owner Lindsey.
Border Collie Cross Andorra is also travelling to the Languedoc, as owner Wendy recently relocated to Narbonne. Wendy’s daughter Helen has been taking care of Andorra in the meantime. Andorra was born nearby — Wendy’s son lives a few villages away, and his dog fathered a litter of puppies, one of which was Andorra.
Chow Chow Lenny, just nine months old, is relocating from Southend on Sea to Sitges, in northern Spain. We collected him three weeks ago and organised his microchip, rabies vaccination and pet passport, ready for his journey. Jamie and his girlfriend are so looking forward to being reunited with Lenny, and we can see why, he’s a super chap.
Handsome tuxedo cat Poes is also off to Sitges, to rejoin owner Babs. Babs warned us that Poes is quite antisocial and doesn’t much care for travelling. Courier S, who collected him a few days ago, agreed.
Well, some kind of transformation must have happened in the meantime (or else we have a different cat!). Poes is travelling very calmly and is even verging on being quite friendly!
Friendly tabby-and-white Max belongs to Sue, and is moving with her from Little Sandhurst to Urcal in Spain. Courier S collected him ready to join our trip. He’s a very debonair fellow!
Olly, Barney and Saffy
Labrador Olly and his feline friends Barney and Saffy have been waiting in Wales with their owners’ daughter. Neil and his wife went on ahead to Malaga to get everything ready for their pets’ arrival.
Angel is a very beautiful German Shepherd Dog, who belongs to Jo and Rory. They’re all swapping England for the Portuguese Algarve.