Animalcouriers set off with pets travelling from the UK to Spain and Portugal. Alongside our canine passengers, we have a budgerigar and a bearded dragon.

Stitch

Myriam and family are moving from London to Barcelona. Their new home in Barcelona needs a lot of work doing when they get there. So while that’s all going on, they thought it would be more relaxing for their beloved pug Stitch to stay with his grandmother, Angèle, in Saint Cyprien.

Courier Dave collected gorgeous Stitch from his London address

Courier Dave collected gorgeous Stitch from his London address

Stitch arriving at Angèle's home in the south of France

Stitch arriving at Angèle’s home in the south of France

Lily

Rod and his friends booked a holiday to Sitges, just outside Barcelona, but felt it wouldn’t be complete unless delightful Doberman Lily could join them. She’s travelling down with us by road, and we have arranged for her to fly home via Monarch, so that everyone can travel back together.

Well behaved Lily with courier M

Well behaved Lily with courier M

Temo, Pisicuta and Zdrui

This charming trio of Chihuahuas belong to Nicoletta. Having moved from Romania to Dublin, Nicoletta and family found it too cold and wet. In search of wall-to-wall sunshine, they’ve relocated to Sitges.

from the UK to Spain and Portugal : These three firm friends travelled together

These three firm friends travelled together

It was a delightful sunny day when we delivered the dogs in Sitges

It was a delightful sunny day when we delivered the dogs in Sitges

Nicoletta delighted to be reunited with her dogs

Nicoletta delighted to be reunited with her dogs

Oscar

Handsome Cocker Spaniel Oscar belongs to Liliana, who adopted him in Portugal. When she moved to London, she asked us to transport Oscar for her. Now Liliana is returning to Portugal, and Oscar’s making the return trip with us.

Sweet-faced Oscar all settled in for the trip

Sweet-faced Oscar all settled in for the trip

Alex

Cute mixed-race Alex belongs to Ana, who’s been living and working in London. Now she’s on her way back to Portugal, and asked us to transport Alex for her.

Alex loves his comfy bed

Alex loves his comfy bed

Stopping for an aircon check

Hot winds and a very hot weather front from Africa made for unusually high temperatures in Spain — above 40C around Zaragoza. So we decided to stop off and have the air conditioning in our van checked over. We found ourselves at a friendly and helpful garage in Burgos, specialising in aircon, who inspected the compressor and regassed the system.

We have an internal system that monitors the temperature throughout the van, so we know that the pets have been in an average of 22C the whole trip. When we stop for the night, we can get cool night air flowing through the van using roof fans that work off ancillary batteries.

We knew there would be a potential time lag before we could get back on the road, but didn’t want to deliver Alex and Oscar late. So we asked our colleagues at Automascotas to take both dogs on to their owners. That meant that when we got back on the road the next day, we could more easily keep to the rest of our schedule.

Our van at the garage

Our van at the garage

Both dogs were very relaxed about the whole business — here's Alex napping in our hotel room

Both dogs were very relaxed about the whole business — here’s Alex napping in our hotel room

Alex being collected by our colleague from Automascotas for the last leg of his trip

Alex being collected by our colleague from Automascotas for the last leg of his trip

And here's Oscar getting on board too

And here’s Oscar getting on board too

Guy and Betty

Emma has moved to La Linea with her boyfriend, who’s started a job there with William Hill. We move quite a few pets for William Hill employees, and Emma’s two — budgerigar Guy and Bearded Dragon Betty — were model passengers.

A beady look from Betty en route

A beady look from Betty en route

Emma delighted on being reunited with Guy…

Emma delighted on being reunited with Guy…

From the UK to Spain and Portugal …and equally thrilled to be back with Betty

…and equally thrilled to be back with Betty

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