leaving Patras, Greece

on the road with Animalcouriers

Meet our UK-bound passengers from Greece and Italy

In addition to Wilson and Derek from the island of Lesvos, a marvellous cast of characters from mainland Greece and Italy are travelling with us to the UK.

Buck

Handsome hound Buck is on his way from Athens to Twickenham, where he’ll rejoin his owners Chris and Nancy.

Lively Buck challenging his uncle George's dog-wrangling skills

Lively Buck challenging his uncle George’s dog-wrangling skills

Vasilis and Charlaos

Cute Vasilis and his feline friend Charlaos belong to Nefeli and Christos, who’ve moved to Edinburgh for work.

Passengers from Greece: Nefeli's cousin brought Vasilis and Charlaos to join the trip

Nefeli’s cousin brought Vasilis and Charlaos to join the trip

Fine tabby Charlaos quickly settled in for the journey — passengers from Greece

Fine tabby Charlaos quickly settled in for the journey

Ermis

Belgian Shepherd Dog Ermis is heading to Melton Mowbray, where owner Aristomenis is excitedly awaiting his arrival.

Gorgeous Ermes makes an early bid for 'longest tongue' champion

Gorgeous Ermes makes an early bid for ‘longest tongue’ champion

Reggae

Griffon Reggae belongs to Daria, who’s already moved to the UK. Daria’s mum Dorota brought Reggae to Glyfada to get on board the bus.

Dorota and her husband arriving with Reggae

Dorota and her husband arriving with Reggae

They were sad to say goodbye to this cheeky chappie, who can't resist a ball or a game

They were sad to say goodbye to this cheeky chappie, who can’t resist a ball or a game

Athina, Puma, Kokovios and Coco

This fabulous family of four cats belong to Mita, who’s relocated to work in Renfrewshire. They boarded at Christine’s kennels and cattery in Athens, and were brought to us by our friend Akis, who runs a pet taxi service and provides us with invaluable support.

Kokovios — what an expressive face!

Kokovios — what an expressive face!

Pretty tabby-and-white Coco

Pretty tabby-and-white Coco

Athina and…

Athina and…

…Puma — a pair of glamorous identical twin torties!

…Puma — a pair of glamorous identical twin torties!

Akim and Nera

Dimitry is moving to the Isle of Dogs for work, and taking his beloved dog and cat with him. He tells us he’s looking forward to learning Cockney!

Dimitry arrives with his splendid cat Nera…

Dimitry arrives with his splendid cat Nera…

…and super Staffie Akim

…and super Staffie Akim

Luna

Lovely Luna, a last-minute addition to our trip. belongs to Alex, who’s already moved to the UK. Now Luna, who’s been in the care of Alex’s friends, is ready to travel too.

Luna gets a proper send-off from the whole family

Luna gets a proper send-off from the whole family

Leaving Patras port

Before checking in at Patras, we gave all the dogs a walk. We have such a relaxed and friendly crew of pets on board — which is just as well, as leaving from Patras can be quite a nerve-wracking affair for the couriers!

This time was no exception. Port security weren’t sure what to do with us, so called the port police. They decided to examine and photocopy every pet passport — a slow and frustrating process which ground to a complete halt when the photocopier jammed, meaning we nearly missed our ferry!

At the last minute we were able to get on board for our crossing to Italy.

Courier M walking Ermis

Courier M walking Ermis

A cheeky look from Vasilis

A cheeky look from Vasilis

Leaving Patras behind

Leaving Patras behind

Webster

On reaching Italy we made our way to Rome to collect Whippet puppy Webster, who’s on his way to live with Rachel.

Young Webster cuts a fine figure

Young Webster cuts a fine figure

By |2016-11-30T08:39:20+00:00Wednesday, November 30, 2016|pet transport, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Charles Huss November 30, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    You have quite an attractive group there.

    • Animalcouriers November 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Yes, all gorgeous and great fun to spend time with. The dogs are good fun on our walks.

  2. Clowie December 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I think Ermis wanted to be in charge on that walk!

  3. angelswhisper2011 December 6, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Charlaos is feeling home already indeed, I think that’s very special..MOL 😀 Extra Pawkisses for a safe trip ahead 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers December 8, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Yes, Charlaos had the right approach – settled in straight away and slept his way through 😉

  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy December 6, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    What a group! Off to enjoy a hopefully pretty winter!

    • Animalcouriers December 8, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Well, this crew are UK bound and a ‘pretty winter’ isn’t exactly how you’d normally describe the usual fare there 😀 No dogs will complain but a few pussy cats might have a moan or two 😉

      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy December 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

        My experience in the UK has been summer/fall – I guess I just assume it’s pretty, thanks to movies depicting it that way!

  5. easyweimaraner December 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    what fab passengers… the tabby cat looks like Brian and wow even a cousin of charlie… and I remembered Zack the all black as I saw Charlos…

  6. Boomdeeadda December 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Hello hello AC, you are so very busy I see. It amazes me that so many guests can travel together in harmony. You really are an awesome company and group of animal lovers to keep everything running smoothly. I’d be freaking out at the port crossing. You’d imagine they’d had seen you there before and it would become routine. Glad you got on your way and didn’t miss the ferry though. Sending along Christmas wishes too, since who knows when I’ll next find leisure time to visit. I love seeing all the green grass too! It was -23 C here this morning. Ridiculous right? xo Boom

    • Animalcouriers December 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Lovely to hear from you Boom! We never assume any arrival or departure is going to be stress free but, as you say, we’ve been doing this for years and they should recognise us by now 😉 We send our very best wishes for the festive season back to you. -23C sounds painful. Here’s to a wonderful 2017 for you xxx

  7. GP Cox December 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I wonder why I longer see your site on my Reader page. Any ideas?

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Hi GP, sorry you’re not seeing us in your Reader any more 🙁 We had a major meltdown with WordPress and Jetpack and lost the connection to our followers. Could we suggest you re-follow us? You may need to subscribe to the blog (in the sidebar at the right) and if you don’t want email notifications, you can then unsubscribe but should still be following… Sorry about the hassle.

  8. Lavinia Ross December 25, 2016 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I am also having the same problem as GP – I don’t get email notification, and I don’t see you on my Reader page anymore.

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Sorry Lavinia, we’ve had a major issue with WordPress and Jetpack and lost our connection to our followers. Thought we’ve managed to reimport them but it doesn’t seem to be the case. Could we ask you to re-subscribe to the blow? You can do that in the sidebar to the right. Let us know if you still have trouble.

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