On our journey back to the UK from Portugal, our passenger list comprised two dogs and 13 cats.

Brett

English Bulldog Brett was bred by José in Lisbon. Ernie in Norfolk was due to receive Brett some time ago. However, the person transporting Brett took a fancy to him and decided he wanted to keep him. A year and a court case later, Brett is finally on his way to Ernie — this time travelling with Animalcouriers!

from Portugal : Brett saying goodbye to José

Brett saying goodbye to José

Brett making an early bid for 'longest tongue'

Brett making an early bid for ‘longest tongue’

We stayed the night near Lisbon in a hotel we found at the top of a hill, which turned out to be on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims' route.

We stayed the night near Lisbon in a hotel we found at the top of a hill, which turned out to be on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims’ route.

The late C15 Santiago church, where pilgrims would stop for a rest after climbing that hill

The late C15 Santiago church, where pilgrims would stop for a rest after climbing that hill

from Portugal : Housemartins (we think) nesting in the beams

Housemartins (we think) nesting in the beams

Courier M collects wine bottle corks. So he was very excited to come across this huge pile of 'raw' cork, harvested from some of the many cork trees that grow in Portugal.

Courier M collects wine bottle corks. So he was very excited to come across this huge pile of ‘raw’ cork, harvested from some of the many cork trees that grow in Portugal.

Closer to, the patterns made by the stacked cork are quite mesmerising

Closer to, the patterns made by the stacked cork are quite mesmerising

At Casa Antigua

We called in on Mel and Sue at Casa Antigua Kennels and Cattery near Javea, to collect Jess, a water dog, and eight cats.

Jesse, a Portuguese Water Dog, belongs to Geoffrey. Jesse is travelling with us to rejoin Geoffrey in Yorkshire.

Jesse, a Portuguese Water Dog, belongs to Geoffrey. Jesse is travelling with us to rejoin Geoffrey in Yorkshire.

Here he is having a wonderful romp and sniff on the beach

This is Santiago, a rescue cat from Ibiza, whose journey to the UK has been sponsored by Care4Cats

This is Santiago, a rescue cat from Ibiza, whose journey to the UK has been sponsored by Care4Cats

The other seven cats we collected belong to Paul, who has relocated from Denia to Norfolk. Fortunately, Paul included a photo of each cat in its pet passport, so we soon got to know exactly who was who out of this bunch of super furries.

Here's Mel with the first of the cats

Here’s Mel with the first of the cats

Clarence

Clarence

Arnau

Arnau

Eidi

Eidi

Isla

Isla

Fermin

Fermin

Phoebe

Phoebe

Lola

Lola

Tic and Tux

This fine feline duo belong to John. We collected them on the Algarve, and reunited them with John in Barcelona.

Jet-black Tic

Jet-black Tic

John pleased to have Tux (on the left — you can just see his tuxedo front!) and Tic back

John pleased to have Tux (on the left — you can just see his tuxedo front!) and Tic back

Fluffy, Dora and Leo

We collected a trio of tabby cats from Peter in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines. The whole family is relocating to Manchester.

Peter introducing us to his cats

Peter introducing us to his cats

Gorgeous Fluffy

Gorgeous Fluffy

Darling Dora

Darling Dora

Handsome Leo

Handsome Leo