On board as we head towards the UK are five dogs from Spain. They’re a great bunch of playful, friendly characters who all love their walks.
In the port town of Tarifa — a mecca for sand surfers — we met up with Franciska, who arrived the night before from Morocco with lovely little Rocco, who she rescued from the streets. Franciska was working in Morocco when she found herself adopted by Rocco, and couldn’t leave her behind. It’s quite complicated transporting dogs from Morocco, and they’d had to wait a while for Rocco’s travel documents to come through.
Scooby and Oli
We travelled to Estepona to collect Labrador Scooby and Terrier Oli, who belong to Mike and his family. The dogs been staying with sitters as the family went on ahead to the UK.
Lovely young Labrador Tara has been staying with Louis in Torrox, in the Malaga area. Now she’s on her way to rejoin her family in Scotland.
In Almeria we called in on Joan, who we first met in 2005. She offers a safe haven for dogs in need of care and respite. She currently has seven indoor dogs and five in garden kennels. We collected Zara from her, a Doberman who was kicked out by her breeder because he couldn’t breed from her any more. Poor thing has a docked tail and clipped ears (illegal to do in the UK) which makes her look rather fierce, but in fact she’s a total softie.
Golf ball fun
The great thing about Labradors is that you can watch them reverting to puppies when there’s something to retrieve. We walked them by a golf range, and both Scooby and Tara proved really adept at nosing them out of the undergrowth.