Poppies blooming in a field in Italy

on the road with Animalcouriers

Meeting a cat from Italy, and dogs and a rabbit from Greece

Having delivered all their passengers from the UK, couriers M and J collected Pipi the cat from Italy. They then headed to the Italian port of Bari, where courier J hopped on the ferry to Patras in Greece.

Pipi

We transported Pipi to Fondi last year for her owner Jane. Now it’s time for Jane and her partner to return to the UK, and Pipi is once again travelling with Animalcouriers.

We had fun and games rounding up Pipi. We told Jane that Pipi was OK, but a bit annoyed with us, to which Jane said:

Haha 😂 she is feisty but really a good girl!! We call her the principessa 👸 as she is a bit of a princess!

Beautiful wide-eyed Pipi

Beautiful wide-eyed Pipi

From Bari to Patras

Courier J boarded the ferry at Bari with travel boxes for nine dogs on the island of Lesvos, who are travelling to the UK via Paris Charles de Gaulle. Our friendly, dependable pet taxi driver Akis met courier J at Patras port, took the travel boxes to Piraeus port, and put them on a ferry for Lesvos, where Rebecca (Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions) collected them.

A small truck was needed to get all the boxes onto the ferry at Bari

A small truck was needed to get all the boxes onto the ferry at Bari

Another small truck was needed at Patras! Courier J received so much help, and at no charge. Thank you, port support staff at Patras!

Another small truck was needed at Patras! Courier J received so much help, and at no charge. Thank you, port support staff at Patras!

Waiting for Akis at the passenger terminal, sketching to pass the time

Waiting for Akis at the passenger terminal, sketching to pass the time

With a few minutes to spare to have a quick look around this international ferry terminal, courier J noticed that a lot has changed over the past few years.. When austerity kicked in, there were closed windows, everything was quiet and there were just a few people waiting in departures. Now, instead of feeling like a ghost town, it's much busier, with traders and shops appearing. That's good news for this part of Greece.

With a few minutes to spare to have a quick look around this international ferry terminal, courier J noticed that a lot has changed over the past few years.. When austerity kicked in, there were closed windows, everything was quiet and there were just a few people waiting in departures. Now, instead of feeling like a ghost town, it’s much busier, with traders and shops appearing. That’s good news for this part of Greece.

From Patras to Ancona with Boomer, Hector and Samson

As well as collecting the travel boxes brought by courier J, Akis had gone on ahead to the Palace Hotel to collect UK-bound passengers travelling by road: dogs Boomer and Hector, and rabbit Samson. Akis helped courier J get onto the Ancona-bound ferry, where the dogs travelled in the onboard kennels, and Samson shared courier J’s cabin.

Dependable Akis arrives, calm and collected. He had to get a special pass to come into the port.

Dependable Akis arrives, calm and collected. He had to get a special pass to come into the port.

Akis on deck with Boomer, a handsome, sensitive Labrador/Alsatian cross from Athens. He's on his way to Nottingham to rejoin owner Allan.

Akis on deck with Boomer, a handsome, sensitive Labrador/Alsatian cross from Athens. He’s on his way to Nottingham to rejoin owner Allan.

In the lift with Boomer, on the way to the onboard kennels

In the lift with Boomer, on the way to the onboard kennels

Akis walking Hector, a gorgeous Visla, who's travelling with us from Athens to rejoin Evangelia in London.

Akis walking Hector, a gorgeous Visla, who’s travelling with us from Athens to rejoin Evangelia in London.

Rabbit Samson, who belongs to Anna, seems to be enjoying the cruise.

Rabbit Samson, who belongs to Anna, seems to be enjoying the cruise.

He's based on the spare bed in courier J's cabin. One of his favourite foods is cucumber, and there's plenty of it on a Greek ferry!

He’s based on the spare bed in courier J’s cabin. One of his favourite foods is cucumber, and there’s plenty of it on a Greek ferry!

Arrival at Ancona

22 hours after leaving Patras, the ferry docked at Ancona in Italy, where courier M was waiting to meet courier J. There was help on hand as we disembarked, with port security, amused but supportive, giving us clearance to come and go between the ferry and our van to get everyone settled in.

Courier J disembarking with Boomer

Courier J disembarking with Boomer

In a field near our hotel, we saw a small colony of rabbits which had escaped from a nearby petting zoo and made it their new home

In a field near our hotel, we saw a small colony of rabbits which had escaped from a nearby petting zoo and made it their new home

On the way back to the UK, we stopped off in Milan so that courier J could catch a flight back to Lesvos, to help get the nine dogs ready for the journey to the UK.

Courier M continued on to the UK with Pipi, Boomer, Hector and Dylan. He’ll then make his way to Charles de Gaulle airport to meet courier J and a colleague, who are flying with the Lesvos dogs to Paris.

Spotted in northern France — poppies, a symbol of the First World War, are in bloom everywhere. Together with the graveyards in this part of France, they're a poignant reminder of all those very young men who lost their lives in battle.

Spotted in northern France — poppies, a symbol of the First World War, are in bloom everywhere. Together with the graveyards in this part of France, they’re a poignant reminder of all those very young men who lost their lives in battle.

By |2017-06-01T11:45:13+00:00Monday, May 29, 2017|pet transport, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner May 29, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I had the same thought as I walked through the poppies with Phoenix today ;o) I love the name Pipi it reminds me of the hero of my childhood pipi longstocking :O)

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      It’s hard not to think about war and loss when you see poppies but the great thing about them is their beauty. Yes, we think of Pippi Longstocking every time we meet a Pippi! Now there was a fabulous character 😀

  2. onespoiledcat May 29, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    So much coordination goes into getting the lovely pets to their destinations……it’s amazing really but works seamlessly and the animals always look so patient and comfortable. You all do amazing work keeping humans and their beloved pets together!

    Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      This has certainly been one of the more complicated arrangements we’ve tried but it’s gone incredibly well!

  3. Jovina Coughlin May 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Lots of hard work, done well.

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

      A very busy trip but great to come out the other end with everything fitting together!

  4. Clowie May 30, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Samson is a very handsome rabbit. I thought he’d gone walkabout for a moment when I saw the other rabbit picture!

  5. Curt Mekemson May 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    A rabbit, a cat and dogs! Variety is the spice of life. And Samson’s fur is gorgeous. Luckily, there are no Delilahs around to cut it off! 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

      We do love variety! Samson’s fur is lovely and soft, Delilahs of the world would just like to stroke it 😉

  6. Summer Solstice Girl June 1, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    aaaaaw like my piccola principessa Satchie <3<3<3

    • Animalcouriers June 1, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Oh, we like to think of Satchie as a softy!

      • Summer Solstice Girl June 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

        Oh, Satchie wasn’t CA softie. She was tough as nails and quite opinionated! We all did her bidding. Even Jazz Cat Jay himself

  7. Lavinia Ross June 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I remember Pipi Longstocking! Pipi is a beautiful name for that kitty.

    The poppies are beautiful, and a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during WWI.

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