Tybalt, from London to the Orkneys

Sarah and her young family have moved from London to Westray, in the Orkney Islands, where Sarah is to be the head teacher of the local primary school. Sarah rang us last year for help with the challenging of moving the family’s cat, Tybalt. There are no longer any flights to Orkney that take pets; the only route is by boat from Scotland to the main ports of Kirkwall and Stromness.

Sarah’s brother Will offered to take Tybalt with him when he went to visit; but researching the options for doing so stretched even this senior university lecturer’s brain! So the family turned back to Animalcouriers for help, and Tybalt was soon on his way. He’s a fabulous, personable cat who loves a fuss, and even lies down with his chin up ready for a tickle.

Handsome, friendly Tybalt on his way to the Orkneys

Handsome, friendly Tybalt

Tybalt enjoying the view from the hotel bedroom when courier Richard stopped for the night. Outside temperatures were below zero, so Tybalt was happy to share!

Tybalt enjoying the view from the hotel bedroom when courier Richard stopped for the night. Outside temperatures were below zero, so Tybalt was happy to share!

Courier Richard drove Tybalt as far as Inverness, then checked him onto the early evening ferry from Scrabster to Stromness, a 90-minute crossing. To make sure Tybalt was warm enough, we sent him on his way with heat pads, a very warm bed, and a litter tray inside his travel box, with a day’s supply of his favourite food strapped to the top. The ferry had a special room for pets; and the ferry company, NorthLink, is known for taking good care of its animal travellers.

The view crossing Cromarty Bridge, heading towards Inverness

The view crossing Cromarty Bridge, heading towards Inverness

Sarah was waiting at the port to collect Tybalt and take him home to her very excited children. She later wrote to say:

“Tybalt has arrived! You are all incredible. It’s so lovely to have him back!!!”

Leo, from London to Paris

We met up with Cavalier King Charles Leo and his owner Charlotte near London’s Eaton Square. Charlotte is expecting a baby, so is going home to her family in Paris for a while. Naturally, Leo is going too.

Leo and Charlotte in London

Leo and Charlotte in London

Leo was booked to travel with us by Eurotunnel from Folkestone, while Charlotte was taking the 9.30am Eurostar from St Pancras. Leo soon made himself at home on the journey to the coast, then enjoyed a short walk before we boarded our train.

Lovely Leo on board

Lovely Leo on board

The timing was perfect. Just five hours after parting in London, Charlotte and Leo arrived at their destination near the Champs Elysées within two minutes of each other.

Happy reunions in Paris

Happy reunions in Paris