After delivering our outbound passengers Matisse and Georgiana in France; Lake, Molly and Bobby in Spain, we headed to La Linea de la Concepcion, close to the Spanish border with Gibraltar, to meet our first UK-bound passengers.
Gemma’s cat Steve was all ready for his journey, bathed, nails clipped, and a quick health check at the vet. Gemma works for William Hill and, over the years, we have had the pleasure of transporting quite a few pets for William Hill employees relocating from Gibraltar to the UK.
Domino, Disco and DJ
Also travelling from Gibraltar are Bill’s three cats Domino, Disco and DJ. These three gorgeous tuxedos are all brothers, found and adopted by Bill, who says they’re great company. Now accountant Bill is heading back to the UK, and the three boys are going too. Bill has sent them on a little ahead, so that he has time to redecorate the flat ready to let, with no chance of paw prints in the fresh paint!
In Almeria we stopped off to collect Pedro. This young fellow has quite a back story. He was one of four pups found in a sack, all of whom had the fatal parvo virus. Sadly two of the pups didn’t survive, but the other two are well and thriving, thanks to the love and care they received from Kerry and her colleagues. Now Pedro is on his way to his new home in Guildford, in the UK, with Rick and Sarah.
Shy and Speed
Shy and Speed are a pair of Degus belonging to Mario. Their journey started in Madrid, and they’re travelling with us all the way to Scotland.
Adorable Felipe is a frequent traveller, now on his way back to London following an extended Christmas break with his grandparents near Madrid.
A change of van
As we continued our journey northwards and crossed the border into France, we became aware of a problem around the clutch in our van. Given the warnings for snow and cold temperatures further north in France, we didn’t want to risk driving on, and then perhaps breaking down in a snowstorm. So we stopped with friends just outside Narbonne on Friday evening, and arranged for courier Joe to drive down from the UK in one of our other vans.
He made good time and arrived on Saturday early evening, so we transferred all the pets into the spare van, ready to set off on Sunday morning. In the meantime, we contacted Mercedes 24, who arranged for the original van to go to the Mercedes garage in Narbonne to be fixed.
Thomas and Luc
Fortunately, our final collection was close to Narbonne. We scooped up Mary’s beloved cats Thomas and Luc early on Sunday morning, and continued our journey towards the UK.