flying from Greece

on the road with Animalcouriers

Winnie, Bob, Maisie, Smudge and Eric flying from Greece

As part of our contingent of 30+ pets travelling to the UK, these four puppies and one older dog are flying from Greece. Accompanied by courier Becca, they took off from Athens airport and landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle, where Courier Valerie was waiting to take them the rest of the way via Eurotunnel.

Winnie, Bob, Maisie and Smudge

These four puppies are 17 weeks old and growing fast. Left in a dustbin near Athens, they were lucky enough to be found before it was too late, and taken to the vet. With vaccinations and pet passports all sorted, they’re now on their way to a new life with Laura in London.

flying from Greece : Courier M helping at the Athens airport check-in queue

Courier M helping at the Athens airport check-in queue

Very relaxed Winnie

Very relaxed Winnie

More wakeful Maisie

More wakeful Maisie

Smudge looking winsome

Smudge looking winsome

An alert expression on Bob's face

An alert expression on Bob’s face

Maisie and Smudge waiting in security while their travel boxes were x-rayed

Maisie and Smudge waiting in security while their travel boxes were x-rayed

Smudge wagging his tail while he waits

Smudge wagging his tail while he waits

Winnie scratching an itch behind her ear

Winnie scratching an itch behind her ear

Bob keeping an eye on everything

Bob keeping an eye on everything


Eric hails from Lesvos, where he was one of many dogs who had to make a new life on the streets when the disused military base, that had been their home, was closed down. Injured in an accident, Eric was fortunate to be found by Emily and Sophia, two nurses from London. Having overseen his veterinary treatment, they left him to recover in the care of Rebecca (of Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions) while they set about finding him a home in the UK.

During check-in at Eurotunnel in Calais, it turned out that Eric had received the wrong parasite treatment, so he couldn’t immediately enter the UK. Our couriers oversaw his correct treatment and transfer to kennels for a brief stay. Couriers J and M will scoop him up on their way to Eurotunnel today with another group of dogs from Greece — more about that trip in a separate post.

Eric is still looking for his forever home; Emily and Sophia will watch over him in the meantime.

Handsome Eric in his travel box

Handsome Eric in his travel box

On our way back from seeing courier Becca and her charges off, there was time to join in the hustle and bustle of the Nine Lives Greece Christmas bazaar

On our way back from seeing courier Becca and her charges off, there was time to join in the hustle and bustle of the Nine Lives Greece Christmas bazaar

By |2017-11-27T18:24:55+00:00Monday, November 27, 2017|animal rescue, looking for a forever home, pet air travel, pet transport|35 Comments


  1. easyweimaraner November 27, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    that’s cuteness overload ;oI please bring them to meeeee ;O)

    • Animalcouriers November 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Best not to Phenny, heaven only knows what you’d all get up to 😀

  2. Summer Solstice Girl November 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    aaaaaaw love that last pic. Say hello to the Nine Lives people for me!

  3. onespoiledcat November 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Cute pups! So happy they were found in the dustbin. So sad to hear stories like that but HAPPY ENDINGS are wonderful!

    Pam and Teddy too

  4. becomingcliche November 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    No doubt Eric will find a good home soon!

  5. Marty the Manx November 28, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Crossing fingers for Eric. Love the Nine Lives booth 🙂 The pups are adorable!

  6. Timothy Price November 28, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

    What a bunch of cute puppies.

  7. Clowie November 28, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    The pups are adorable. I don’t know how anyone could just dump pups. 🙁

  8. Sheila Morris November 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    This post reassures me that there are genuinely kind people in this world and makes me happy as I begin my day of wallowing in the moral decay that has become my country.
    Bless the rescuers, the couriers and all those who give loving forever homes to innocent animals whose only crime is that they are born – a crime over which they had no control.

    • Animalcouriers December 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      There are fabulous people throughout your country doing wonderful things for man and beast every second of the day. Sadly we just see the yellow-dyed tip of the iceberg. The sooner that is calved, the better.

  9. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy December 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    That’s a good looking set of pups on the road!

  10. angelswhisper2011 December 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    So so cute, all the pups and will send Good Luck Pawkisses to Eric to find a furrever home soon <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend and some extra for the Nine Lives 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers December 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Little B — Eric does need all the help you can give him.

  11. Aman Thakur December 17, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply


  12. Anarette December 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Oh, so cute!

  13. mliae December 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I would love to have those adorables here for Christmas!

  14. abetterman21 December 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    So adorable!

  15. smilecalm December 24, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    wishing all you doggies
    happy, relaxed
    holidays, together 🙂

  16. Boomdeeadda December 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Merry post Christmas Cheer A/C ! I’m maddly crushing on all the Greek puppies. People are horrid to do this to poor animals. In our city yesterday, a kind soul retrieved a group of puppies left out in the cold (it’s -20C here today but with the windchill, it feels like -27 C). I hope they all find good forever homes and bless the souls of your team for getting them where they have that opportunity. Cheers from fridgid Edmonton…brrrrr xo Boomdee

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      And all the very best to you Boomdee! Hard to imagine someone leaving puppies out in that kind of cold (hard to imagine that kind of cold too). Keep warm and think of that holiday 😀

  17. NylabluesMum January 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Wee fink all thee doggiess are beeuteefull Lady Annie. Maisie an Smudge are mee purrsonal faveritess!!
    Hope efurryone got to their destynayshunss safelee….(of course they did travellin with AC rite??)
    ***nose rubsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxx

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