While couriers J and M get ready to head back to the UK from Greece, courier Richard has been on a whistle-stop tour of the UK, Switzerland and France.

Popcorn

We collected young Cockapoo Popcorn in Lincolnshire from his breeders, Julia and Stephen Carlton, who have an impressive pedigree of their own. They’re trustees of the Dog Breeding Reform Group and members of a Parliamentary Welfare Reform Group. And Stephen clearly knows his Cockapoos — he’s chair of the Cockapoo Club GB.

Fellow residents say goodbye to Popcorn

Fellow residents say goodbye to Popcorn

Stephen and Julia with Popcorn

Stephen and Julia with Popcorn

A final cuddle for Popcorn and Stephen

A final cuddle for Popcorn and Stephen

Popcorn reaches his new home and excited new family in Oberli, in Switzerland. Here he is being welcomed by Ariana, who chose Popcorn from the litter.

Popcorn reaches his new home and excited new family in Oberli, in Switzerland. Here he is being welcomed by Ariana, who chose Popcorn from the litter.

Millie

Gorgeous Millie from Buckinghamshire homeboarded with Animalcouriers just before we set off on our trip. She’s apparently not too fond of other dogs, but loves humans and prefers to have them all to herself! We enjoyed having her to stay and she was as good as gold on the journey, taking everything in her stride.

Seeing owner Marion again when we arrived in the Dordogne blew that cool facade, and Millie became the most excitable dog you ever did see!

Millie delighted to be reunited with owner Marion. Their new home is in a wonderful rural setting, where Millie will have lots of woods to explore.

Millie delighted to be reunited with owner Marion. Their new home is in a wonderful rural setting, where Millie will have lots of woods to explore.

Tallis

We collected super Jack Russell pup Tallis from breeder Jean-Baptiste in Saulce sur Rhone, in southeastern France. Tallis proved to be just as adorable as Mia, a pup we collected from Jean-Baptiste late last year.

Tallis’s new home is with Carol in Kent, where the whole family was very excited about the imminent arrival of their new pet.

Goodbye hugs for Tallis

Goodbye hugs for Tallis

Tallis in her cosy bed

Tallis in her cosy bed

Big hello hugs for Tallis from Carol

Big hello hugs for Tallis from Carol

Maxwell

In Arles we caught up with handsome hound Maxwell, who was initially a bit shy but soon gave courier Richard’s hand a friendly lick. He belongs to Victoria, who’s been living in this lovely part of southern France for a year. Now her French boyfriend has a job in Birmingham, so everyone’s on the move.

Maxwell having a hug with Victoria

Maxwell having a hug with Victoria

Maxwell all settled into his bedroom

Maxwell all settled into his bedroom

It was market day in Arles — all very picturesque, except that this was the road we needed to drive along to get out of town!

It was market day in Arles — all very picturesque, except that this was the road we needed to drive along to get out of town!

Mind you, it was warm and sunny at 15C, and there was the added compensation of delicious pudding to enjoy at the end of the day

Mind you, it was warm and sunny at 15C, and there was the added compensation of delicious pudding to enjoy at the end of the day

We stayed the night at a hotel in Nontron, where this sculpture by the host's father was proudly displayed. Guarding the breakfast eggs perhaps?

We stayed the night at a hotel in Nontron, where this sculpture by the host’s father was proudly displayed. Guarding the breakfast eggs perhaps?

Also on display, an impressive range of military medals…

Also on display, an impressive range of military medals…

…and a vase that looked to be inspired by Henry Moore

…and a vase that looked to be inspired by Henry Moore

Back on the road the next day, seeing this sign helped to keep courier Richard's spirits up during the hailstorm that started a few minutes later

Back on the road the next day, seeing this sign helped to keep courier Richard’s spirits up during the hailstorm that started a few minutes later

In Ludow, Shropshire, Victoria’s parents Lynne and Ron were both at home waiting to greet Maxwell. They’ll be taking care of him until Victoria arrives later in the week.

In Ludow, Shropshire, Victoria’s parents Lynne and Ron were both at home waiting to greet Maxwell. They’ll be taking care of him until Victoria arrives later in the week.

It was a bit of grey day but you can still see that attractions of medieval market town Ludlow

It was a bit of grey day but you can still see that attractions of medieval market town Ludlow

Monty

Affectionate puss Monty, who has an air of natural authority, joined us near Thiat. He and the rest of the family are swapping their rural French idyll for a new home in Somerset. Monty is the first one to set off, and will have a short stay at Burntwood Kennels and Cattery while everyone else catches up.

Owner Barry places Monty in a cage so that he can be transferred safely from his house to his bedroom in our van

Owner Barry places Monty in a cage so that he can be transferred safely from his house to his bedroom in our van

This is Teddy the dog, who's travelling back with Barry and his wife

This is Teddy the dog, who’s travelling back with Barry and his wife

Barry's home is a testament to his lifetime of collecting interesting objets d'art

Barry’s home is a testament to his lifetime of collecting interesting objets d’art

A quirky cat from Barry's collection that we particularly liked

A quirky cat from Barry’s collection that we particularly liked

Monty en route

Monty en route

We get to travel some pretty routes between collections and deliveries, and here we were treated to a clear view in the mid-morning sunshine of the stunning Chateau Bourg-Archambault in the Vienne department

We get to travel some pretty routes between collections and deliveries, and here we were treated to a clear view in the mid-morning sunshine of the stunning Chateau Bourg-Archambault in the Vienne department