Vineyard in France

on the road with Animalcouriers

12 cats relocate from the UK to France

Animalcouriers is heading from the UK to Greece via France and Italy, delivering pets to their new mainland European homes along the way. We helped 12 cats relocate to three new French homes.

Baby, Bollinger, Otto, Katie and Blaze

This feline quintet has moved, with owners Deborah and Keith, from Essex to Savigny le Vieux, in Normandy.

Their new home is of considerable historical interest, being the place where Jean Louis Dior (1812-1874) started the family business in an upstairs room, initially selling chemical fertilisers, then detergents and bleaches. Jean Louis was the grandfather of grand couturier Christian Dior.

Later, the house became a school, with two large classrooms downstairs and live-in accommodation for teachers above. Today, the school, which has 22 pupils, has moved to a new location up the road.

The former Dior residence and school

The former Dior residence and school

John Louis Dior's study

John Louis Dior’s study

Deborah and Keith came across an old class register. On researching local records, they discovered that one of the boys listed still has family living in the village.

Deborah and Keith came across an old class register. On researching local records, they discovered that one of the boys listed still has family living in the village.

Deborah and Keith have allocated this room to the cats initially, as they start the process of getting to know their new home

Deborah and Keith have allocated this room to the cats initially, as they start the process of getting to know their new home

12 cats relocate: Wide-eyed Baby

Wide-eyed Baby

Determined-looking Bollinger

Determined-looking Bollinger

Otto taking stock of his new surroundings

Otto taking stock of his new surroundings

Blaze ready to leap down and explore

Blaze ready to leap down and explore

Katie, the most timid of them all, decides to spend a few extra moments in her carry box

Katie, the most timid of them all, decides to spend a few extra moments in her carry box

Shadow, Tinkerbell, Fluff, Dolly, Dave and Panda

Ann and her husband have relocated from Jersey to Valeilles in the Tarn and Garonne. They made the move via Devon, where we collected their six cats from the Old Moor Boarding Cattery in Bideford.

Understandably, there was much excitement when we turned up at the door with these beloved kitties.

12 cats relocate : Tinkerbell was the first to start exploring — here she is almost blending in with the floor…

Tinkerbell was the first to start exploring — here she is almost blending in with the floor…

 

…and ready to tuck in to some nosh, alongside much shyer Shadow

…and ready to tuck in to some nosh, alongside much shyer Shadow

Fluff is quite a beauty…

Fluff is quite a beauty…

…and very pleased to be back with her family

…and very pleased to be back with her family

Pretty Dolly enjoys a cuddle

Pretty Dolly enjoys a cuddle

Dave finding it hard to choose between hugs and exploring

Dave finding it hard to choose between hugs and exploring

Panda gets a hug, then…

Panda gets a hug, then…

…jumps down to explore

…jumps down to explore

Princess

In Castelnau de Gers, we delivered gorgeous Princess to Lucie. Princess belongs to Lucie’s daughter Joy, who’s moving to Athens to live with her boyfriend. As there’s already a dog in residence at her boyfriend’s home, Joy felt that Princess would be happier living with her mum in France. From the welcome Princess received, we think she’s going to enjoy her new life in this very pretty part of the country.

The vineyards looked a treat on a bright but chilly autumn day

The vineyards looked a treat on a bright but chilly autumn day

Castelnau de Gers boasts a very traditional-looking school

Castelnau de Gers boasts a very traditional-looking school

The mairie (town hall) sporting the tricolour and France's national motto

The mairie (town hall) sporting the tricolour and France’s national motto

We met up with Lucie in the town square to hand over Princess

We met up with Lucie in the town square to hand over Princess

Princess peeping out at her new environment. She'll be living in a road just behind the square. Lucie assured us there are lots of lovely places for Princess to explore.

Princess peeping out at her new environment. She’ll be living in a road just behind the square. Lucie assured us there are lots of lovely places for Princess to explore.

Looks like a friendly place to live — a neighbour came dashing out to say hello to Princess

Looks like a friendly place to live — a neighbour came dashing out to say hello to Princess

By |2017-11-24T11:09:59+00:00Thursday, November 23, 2017|pet travel by road|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner November 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I love this house… and how I would love to renovate it ;o)

  2. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy November 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I love the Dior home history!

  3. angelswhisper2011 November 24, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Pawsome place for the cats, Annie. We’re feeling a little nostalgic about it. I would like to explore it too, but I think I stay in the carrier for some time with Katie 🙂 Pawkisses for a wonderful Weekend and a Safe trip 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers November 24, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Oh Little B, the travelling is only worth it when you’re moving house! Best to watch vicariously from your sofa seat 😀

  4. Clowie November 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    What an interesting building! And a lovely collection of cats.

    • Animalcouriers November 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      We think the cats are going to have a great time exploring it.

  5. onespoiledcat November 25, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Oh wow – that former Dior home is amazing……looks like it may take some work but like you did, we immediately thought of Phenny’s Mom and how she’d love to do DIY there! LOL So many happy kitties moving to stay with their humans. Lots of “happy” on faces too!

    Hugs, Teddy and Pam

    • Animalcouriers November 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      There’s a huge amount to do and we think Phenny’s Mom could have a whale of a time!

  6. Sheila Morris November 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Marvelous pictures of the cats, and I LOVE the history behind the setting!

    • Animalcouriers November 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Courier J was very taken with the house and its history — the cats will have explored all the nooks and crannies by now 😉

  7. smilecalm November 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    thank you for making
    kitty’s story
    come to life 🙂

  8. Marty the Manx November 27, 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    So glad we get to share in the homecomings this time. Thank you!!!

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