Christmas tree in Athens airport

Pets travelling for Christmas

Pets travelling for Christmas

Animalcouriers has had a busy December, with pets travelling for Christmas throughout Europe and beyond. The weather played havoc with some of our best laid plans, but in every case — thanks to intrepid couriers and understanding clients — we found a way to get pets to their destinations in plenty of time for the festive season.

Brussels — via Dusseldorf?

It all started in the wee small hours on 12 December. Courier Gwen was due to leave at 3.00 am for Brussels airport to meet a client flying in with his dog. But a couple of hours beforehand, we discovered the van she was due to take was sitting in a pool of ice. Realising she would need to delay her departure by a few hours to give the ice time to melt, we contacted our client to explain the situation.

When we reviewed Eurotunnel performance, however, we found that they were experiencing delays of up to 7 hours.

But as luck would have it, courier Richard was on his way to the UK from Dusseldorf in Germany with two dogs. Thinking on our feet, we asked him to divert to Brussels airport to meet our client. He collected our client’s dog, and we arranged for our client to travel to the UK by Eurostar. We’re grateful to our client for being so flexible.

Flying to Sicily — but where’s the travel box?

Meanwhile, couriers Becca and J were waiting for flights at London Gatwick. Courier Becca was on her way to Sicily to collect two gorgeous young dogs for Megan in London. But when courier Becca landed in Catania, she found that the airline had forgotten to put the dogs’ travel box on the plane. Fortunately, the box was sent on the next flight.

Chipping ice off the travel box for Megan's puppies

Chipping ice off the travel box for Megan’s puppies

Courier Becca ready to take off for Sicily

Courier Becca ready to take off for Sicily

pets travelling for Christmas — super pups

Super pups

These two are the best of friends

These two are the best of friends

Megan wrote to say: "It has been mad since the puppies arrived. They are settling in well, though as they lived on a terrace in Sicily they are not yet house trained! Welcome to the world of mops and disinfectant!! Anyway they are a source of huge joy and love. Thank you everyone at Animalcouriers for your part in their lives. We greatly appreciate it."

Megan wrote to say: “It has been mad since the puppies arrived. They are settling in well, though as they lived on a terrace in Sicily they are not yet house trained! Welcome to the world of mops and disinfectant!! Anyway they are a source of huge joy and love. Thank you everyone at Animalcouriers for your part in their lives. We greatly appreciate it.”

A general strike in Greece

Courier J, leaving at the same time as courier Becca, was on her way to Athens to meet courier Huw, who was heading to Greece from Italy. But courier Huw had arrived at Ancona port to find there was no space for the van on the ferry, the agent having inadvertently booked it as a low rather than a high van.

So he made a five-hour detour to Bari to catch a different ferry, which our long-standing friends at Hellas Travel managed to book for him. Arriving in Greece, however, our couriers found the country in the grip of a general strike, which delayed their return trip to the UK.

Eurotunnel delays

At about the same time, couriers M and Paul set off for France, Spain and Portugal. A 12-hour wait at Eurotunnel meant they didn’t reach Calais until 8.00 am, having set off from our Surrey base the previous evening. They managed to make up time by putting in a few extra hours each day.

Despite all the challenges, we’re proud to say we didn’t let anyone down. We’ve even been getting calls from people who’ve had collections and deliveries cancelled by other pet transport companies owing to weather and travel problems, and where there were clearly no plan Bs in place.

Season’s greetings!

And now it’s time for us to wish all our friends and followers the happiest of holiday seasons and all the best for 2018. We’ll be catching you up with more of our December travels between now and the end of the year.

By |2017-12-25T09:16:24+00:00Monday, December 25, 2017|animal transportation, pet travel by road|36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. IreneDesign2011 December 25, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year.
    Unfortunately, there are a challenge at your website here, it is not possible to like your post, even if I tried to update it first. Just for you to know.

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2018. We don’t know what happened to the like button but it seems to have resolved itself now 😉 Please let us know if it still isn’t working for you.

  2. easyweimaraner December 25, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    that is so like this rong Driving >Home For Christmas… we wish all you passengers and your crew a very merry christmas

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Back home where they all should be! Hope your holidays were great and here’s to a fabulous 2018!

  3. Lee December 25, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Happy Holidays

  4. Edie Chase December 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Happy Holidays!

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks, hope yours were relaxing and that 2018 is good to you.

  5. Timothy Price December 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas!

  6. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap December 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Happy Holidays and may you continue to travel safely. <3

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you and may you continue to save as many dogs with your wonderful books!

  7. Jovina Coughlin December 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Hope you had a lovely holiday period and here’s to some more great recipes from you in 2018!

  8. Sheila Morris December 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    OMG, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
    That picture of the pups together was one of my all-time favorites – really – it made me wish all the people in the world could be such good friends!!
    You couriers are the most creative people I’ve ever heard about – hope your travels stay safe and the ice always melts in time…
    Love to all,
    Sheila

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the pups so much — they certainly are a bonded pair! Wouldn’t it be super if we could all get along so well…

  9. Herman December 25, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Wishing you a wonderful ending of the year!
    Feel free to pay Mr. Bowie a visit!

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Here’s to a great year for you and Mr Bowie — wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could call in, we know the coffee and the chocolate would be superb 😀

  10. Lavinia Ross December 26, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and the Animal Couriers team, from the cats and crew of Salmon Brook Farms!

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks and the very same back to all of you! Looking forward to your reports on the farm, vines and cats.

  11. Aquileana December 26, 2017 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Beautiful post… I hope you had a great Christmas… I wish you the best for 2018 (on a side note: I can’t like your posts, as Irene said above) ♥️❣

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks and all the very best for 2018 to you! We don’t know what happened to the like button but it seems to be working now…

  12. tootlepedal December 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    You have had plenty to think about! I hope that you got a moment to relax over the holiday.

  13. saymber December 26, 2017 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Happy Holidays to you all!

  14. Curt Mekemson December 27, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Wow, AC, what an intrepid, innovative group of couriers you have! Happy holidays and a great New Year to all of you! I am looking forward to another year of following along with your dogs, and cats, and birds, and rabbits, and… 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      The winter does bring challenges! Happy 2018 to you and Peggy — here’s to some more fab journeys and posts… 😀

  15. smilecalm December 29, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    gratitude for all
    you do for these
    precious pets 🙂

  16. Lavinia Ross January 2, 2018 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Happy New year to you all at Animal Couriers!

    • Animalcouriers January 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lavinia! Here’s to a great 2018 for you and the grapes 😀

  17. NylabluesMum January 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Mee-you Lady Annie that was SUM Deecemburr you an thee Courierss had! Mee an LadyMum hope you had a wudnerfull rest over thee Holly-dayss an that 2018 will bee a busy (not too bus) an fun year fur all of youss’!
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~ an {{{hugs}}} LadyMum
    Pee S: Mee wood have come bye sooner butt mee got BERRY sick a week befur Katmass an it was Pancreatitis! An mee found mee has I-Bee-Dee all so. Mee iss all better now butt it was purrty scarey fur 3-4 dayss fur us here! 🙁

    • Animalcouriers January 8, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

      What a relief you are better now, must have been frightening! All the very best for 2018 and may it be a healthy year for you both.

      • NylabluesMum January 8, 2018 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        This will continue to happen…well thee I-Bee-Dee….mee hopess thee Pancreatitis does not reetern EFURR! May 2018 bee a wudnerfull year fur all of youss’ there.
        Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

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