As they made their way through France and Italy to Greece, couriers J and M had the pleasure of reuniting pets with their families.

reunions in France — A warm welcome for cats Sam and Evie at their new home in the Dordogne

A warm welcome for cats Sam and Evie at their new home in the Dordogne

Sam peeks out cheekily from his carrier

Sam peeks out cheekily from his carrier

reunions in France — Labrador puppy Frenchie gets an ecstatic welcome from her new family in Cagnes sur Mer

Labrador puppy Frenchie gets an ecstatic welcome from her new family in Cagnes sur Mer

Mason and Summer were pleased to see their cats Simba and Nala again, at their new home in Lago Patria. There was plenty of excitement and lots of mewing as the cats immediately recognised their family.

Mason and Summer were pleased to see their cats Simba and Nala again, at their new home in Lago Patria. There was plenty of excitement and lots of mewing as the cats immediately recognised their family.

Owing to port strikes in Greece, the crossing we'd booked from Brindisi was cancelled, so we travelled instead on a cruise ship from Ancona. This is Izzy on board.

Owing to port strikes in Greece, the crossing we’d booked from Brindisi was cancelled, so we travelled instead on a cruise ship from Ancona. This is Izzy on board.

We had a lovely crossing with Miinoan — here are Bruiser and Peaches singing their praises from their onboard kennel

We had a lovely crossing with Miinoan — here are Bruiser and Peaches singing their praises from their onboard kennel

Merlot was comfortable but less vocal…

Merlot was comfortable but less vocal…

…and Skyler soon curled up and went to sleep

…and Skyler soon curled up and went to sleep

Emily and Paul brought a van across from Kos to meet us at the port

Emily and Paul brought a van across from Kos to meet us at the port

They were so pleased to be reunited with their family of six, who will have a lovely life on the island of Kos

They were so pleased to be reunited with their family of six, who will have a lovely life on the island of Kos

At Patras port we regularly pass this depot full of figures from popular cartoons and Greek mythology. The line-up changes from time to time, as individual characters get rented out for carnivals and festivals. We often wonder about their adventures and what happens to them when they retire — and about how much fun it would be to have one in your garden instead of a boring old gnome!

At Patras port we regularly pass this depot full of figures from popular cartoons and Greek mythology. The line-up changes from time to time, as individual characters get rented out for carnivals and festivals. We often wonder about their adventures and what happens to them when they retire — and about how much fun it would be to have one in your garden instead of a boring old gnome!