You may remember that as we headed towards the UK on our last trip, our van developed a problem with the clutch. So we stopped in the southern French town of Narbonne and left the van for repair at the local Mercedes garage. Meanwhile, Courier Joe drove down from the UK to meet us in another of our vans, so that we could continue our journey.

Mercedes sorted the problem out within a few days, and courier Richard flew out to pick up the van and collect UK-bound pets in France.

Pastis

Courier Richard headed from Narbonne to Lyon, to collect adorable tabby cat Pastis. Along with owners Fabio and Laura, he was on his way to London, where Fabio has a new job.

Pastis proved to be an endearingly curious, well mannered cat, who was always up for a fuss. So courier Richard was quite happy to share his hotel room with Pastis β€” especially as it was well below freezing outside!

Sheep and sheepdog statues spotted in the wintry landscapes along the way

Sheep and sheepdog statues spotted in the wintry landscapes along the way

And here’s the shepherd, keeping an eye on everything

And here’s the shepherd, keeping an eye on everything

Pastis displaying the irresistible golden tummy that tabbies are often blessed with

Pastis displaying the irresistible golden tummy that tabbies are often blessed with

Roxy, Benzema and Daisy

Also in the Lyon area, courier Richard caught up with French Bulldog duo Roxy and Benzema, and their companion Daisy, a tiny Chihuahua. Their destination, along with the rest of the family, was Newport in Wales.

Darling Daisy with her devoted fan club!

Darling Daisy with her devoted fan club!

Roxy and Benzema

Roxy and Benzema

The whole doggy clan. Owner Julia wrote to say: "Thanks for taking such good care of our dogs! I know they can be a handful!"

The whole doggy clan. Owner Julia wrote to say: “Thanks for taking such good care of our dogs! I know they can be a handful!”

And finally…

…an update on charming young Pedro, a rescue dog who recently travelled with us from Almeria in Spain to his forever home in Surrey. His story will feature in a BBC2 programme following the progress of 10 puppies being adopted by families around the UK.

Pedro seemed to take his meeting with new owner Rick under the camera's gaze in his stride. Perhaps a doggy BAFTA is on the cards?

Pedro seemed to take his meeting with new owner Rick under the camera’s gaze in his stride. Perhaps a doggy BAFTA is on the cards?