We spent the night with our friends Heather and Alan at Barking Mad Kennels near Lagos, in Portugal, where we gave our van a thorough clean-out, ready for our trip back to the UK in time for the holidays. Heather and Alan treated us to a very yummy home-cooked supper of locally caught mackerel.
We delivered gorgeous Benji, who travelled with us form the UK, to his lovely grandma just outside Lisbon. She’s taking care of him until owners Joana and Carlos arrive.
In Porto we collected lovely little Nazare from his doting grandparents. We tend to find Portuguese people are very family oriented, and this couple were no exception. Nazare is on his way to rejoin owner Maria in Oxfordshire
North of Porto we met up with Timmy, who’s been in the care of his godmother and her mother. Owner Maria is already in the UK and can hardly wait for Timmy to join her.
Bella, Chester, Tabitha, Tiger, Victor, Ben, Sheba and Jake
This wonderfully large family of character cats and senior dogs belongs to Una and Kevin. After many wonderful years living in the Dordogne region of France, Una and Kevin are heading back to Nuneaton.
The dogs are all rescues, and the cats were either born in Una and Kevin’s home, or found nearby and taken in.
Snowy and Smudge
We collected feline duo Snowy and Smudge, who’ve been staying at Casa Antigua Kennels and Cattery in Denia, in Spain’s Alicante province. Now they’re on their way to rejoin owner Sam in Sheffield.
Cavapoo Alfie was on holiday near Limoges with his owner, who sadly died unexpectedly. Alfie was taken in by the local SPA shelter, where he stayed for three weeks while his family in Scotland investigated how to get him home.
They contacted us at the end of last week, and we managed to make contact with the shelter with the help of a French-speaking colleague. The family sent Alfie’s passport by DHL in time for us to collect him and it as we drove through France, and a vet in Limoges carried out the parasite treatment needed for Alfie to enter the UK. We’re so pleased Alfie will be back in time for Christmas.
The final passenger to get on board was super tabby Oci, who belongs to Loraine. We collected him in the Corrèze, and his final destination is Pembrokeshire in Wales.