Couriers J and M recently worked with couriers Mike and Matthew to help 10 young rescue dogs and puppies travel from Greece to the UK. Their route was a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle, accompanied by couriers Mike and Matthew, who then took them the rest of the way by road.

Since those dogs took to the air, couriers J and M haven’t been idle. They’ve been travelling back to the UK with a van full of passengers relocating or moving back from Greece to the UK.

But first things first. On their way out to Greece, couriers J and M stopped off in Italy to deliver a pair of cats

Tonto and Nelly

These fab felines travelled with us from Kent to Perugia to rejoin owner Becky. They’re a delightful pair and we can see why they’re the apple of Becky’s eye.

Beautiful tortie-and-white Nelly

Beautiful tortie-and-white Nelly

Slinky black Tonto

Slinky black Tonto

At the hotel in Roppolo Courier M enjoyed a fine breakfast with a side order of Scrabble and Golden Retriever

At the hotel in Roppolo Courier M enjoyed a fine breakfast with a side order of Scrabble and Golden Retriever

A day exploring Ioannina

We took the ferry from the Italian port of Brindisi to Igoumenitsa in Greece, then headed on to Ioannina. A slight rescheduling meant we had a rest day to explore this pretty town. On the edge of the lake stands a castle with a church at one end and a mosque at the other, reflecting the diverse history of the area. The lake is also home to masses of birds, and the air was full of the mating calls of frogs and toads.

Peter R and Bugs B all ready for Easter

Peter R and Bugs B all ready for Easter

Ketchup flavour Pringles — whatever next!

Ketchup flavour Pringles — whatever next!

Beehives are visible at every turn in the road, surrounded thyme and blossom. No wonder Greek honey tastes so smooth and creamy!

Beehives are visible at every turn in the road, surrounded thyme and blossom. No wonder Greek honey tastes so smooth and creamy!

The view over the lake from our hotel room, with a backdrop of the town and snow-capped mountains beyond

The view over the lake from our hotel room, with a backdrop of the town and snow-capped mountains beyond

Our hotel was the Anemolia resort and spa, a very friendly place. This is exactly the sort of simple food we love discovering on our travels — a breakfast treat made from yoghurt batter and feta cheese, cooked and presented by Basilis

Our hotel was the Anemolia resort and spa, a very friendly place. This is exactly the sort of simple food we love discovering on our travels — a breakfast treat made from yoghurt batter and feta cheese, cooked and presented by Basilis

It was truly yummy, and Basilis was kind enough to write out the recipe for us

It was truly yummy, and Basilis was kind enough to write out the recipe for us

Lerel and Yuna

Near Thessaloniki we met up with Eva and Andrea and their cats Lerel and Yuna. The family is moving to Scotland so that Eva can take her PhD in Biochemistry at Edinburgh.

Andrea and Eva with their cats

Andrea and Eva with their cats

A simply gorgeous pair of furries

A simply gorgeous pair of furries

Diva

Three-legged, one-eared Diva belongs to Mary, who adopted her from our friends at Nine Lives Greece. Now Mary is heading back to the UK and Diva is going too. She’ll homeboard with us briefly until Mary catches up.

We love Diva's markings, especially her tail!

We love Diva’s markings, especially her tail!

Jeff and Lemi

Ioana, a diabetes specialist, has moved to Belfast for work, and now her husband Oikonomou and their pets, cat Lemi and German Shepherd Dog Jeff, are getting ready to join her.

Ioana found Jeff as a youngster, wandering the streets in Trikala. He’s now reached the ripe old age of 16 and is a bit wobbly on his pins, but he’s a very friendly fellow.

Handsome hound Jeff

Handsome hound Jeff

A cute look from lovely Lemi

A cute look from lovely Lemi

Jack

Little bundle of fun Jack, who belongs to Achilles, is relocating to Edinburgh. Akis collected him for us from Chris’s Animal Hotel, where he’s been waiting to join our trip.

Adorable Jack, having a hug with Akis

Adorable Jack, having a hug with Akis

Patrick and Cat

Patrick and Cat belong to Caspar, who’s leaving for the UK in a few days time. Patrick and Cat will get there first, and will be looked after by Paul in Henley until Caspar arrives.

Caspar with his cats

Caspar with his cats

Adorable duo Cat (L) and Patrick (R)

Adorable duo Cat (L) and Patrick (R)

Patrick comes in for a close-up

Patrick comes in for a close-up

Dolly

Dolly was rescued from the streets by Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions. She’s travelling with us to London for Wild at Heart.

Akis giving dear Dolly a cuddle

Akis giving dear Dolly a cuddle

Timmy and Jeff

Pointer pups Timmy and Jeff also hail from Lesvos, where Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions organised their travel paperwork, including Traces certificates.

They’re on their way to new homes in Scotland.

Timmy and Jeff on their best behaviour, waiting for a treat

Timmy and Jeff on their best behaviour, waiting for a treat

A rare moment of relative calm, out on a walk

A rare moment of relative calm, out on a walk