On the runup to Christmas Animalcouriers embarked on a southern European tour, delivering pets to their families in France, Spain and Portugal, and collecting new passengers heading back to the UK.
Gorgeous Persian cat Katie’s journey started in Dubai. She flew into London, and has now relocated to the charming town of Excideuil in the Dordogne region of France.
Gordi and Kiki
Fabulous felines Gordi and Kiki travelled with us to rejoin owner Jorge in Burgos, following a spell of living in Solihull. Burgos is home to the best black pudding in the world, according to courier M.
Fly, a splendid Border Collie, spent the day before the trip with courier M, who found her great company. She’s originally from Wales, where she was rescued from a house with too many dogs living in it. She travelled with us to rejoin doting owner Javier near Madrid.
Terrific tortie Lola journeyed with us from Croydon in Surrey to Castellon de la Plana, where owner Stefanie was waiting for her.
Bearded Dragon Dexter, who belongs to Marijke and Sebastian, made the trip with us from London to Alicante in Spain. This handsome fellow is a returning client — we think he’s grown a bit since we last saw him!
Boxer dog Arca moved from Nottinghamshire to Orihuela in Spain with owners Steve and Ann. Despite his fine grizzled head, he’s a lively, bouncy fellow who enjoys sniffing and exploring when out on his walks.
Ball of fluff Chico relocated with us from East Anglia to Nerja in Spain, to join owner Tanya.
Cool cat Jerry moved from chilly Edinburgh to sunny Nerja. He broke his journey at courier J’s, where he soon became a firm favourite. We transported Jerry to Douglas, who’s adopted him from an old friend who sadly is too ill to care for him. Jerry certainly won’t be lonely, as Douglas already has four cats, two dogs and a tortoise.
We collected lovely Labrador Oscar from Old Clayton Kennels in Washington, West Sussex. The staff had grown so fond of him that everyone was called out to say goodbye to him!
Cute and cuddly Monty left Sussex behind to spend Christmas in San Roque, Spain, where owner Gillian was soon to join him.
We first met Alex, a Podenco, in 2011 when we transported him to the UK for Isabel, who adopted him from a shelter as she left Porto for England. At the grand old age of 14, Alex is now on his way back to Portugal, as Isabel is going back to live with her family.
Gorgeous Golden Retriever Mimi relocated to England with owner Gillian. This lovely dog had a rotten start in life, as she was used as a breeding bitch and kept confined for five years. In Gillian’s tender care, however, she has thrived and has become her close and constant companion.
Tabby cat Percy headed back to the UK after a stint in the southern sunshine with owner Neil.
Cheeky chappy Scamp was abandoned outside Kitty’s home in south west Spain, probably because she’s known for helping to rehome unwanted dogs through the Animal Angels association. Most of the dogs find new families in Germany and the Netherlands, but Scamp’s new home is with Steve in Ludlow.
Steve wrote to say:
“Just a quick note to say that Scamp arrived safe and sound. I am delighted that he is with me. Kitty was delighted to see such a professional setup and caring attitude, and it is obvious that all of you are devoted to providing the best animal care as well as a professional and knowledgeable admin and advice service for the transport and import of animals.
We truly are delighted to have chosen Animalcouriers and I will have no hesitation in recommending you (in fact I have already passed on your details to a friend who will be using your services in early 2018).
Thank you all from all of us — including Scamp, who was so unfazed by the long journey, he has already had his first long walk in the English countryside and is now snoozing happily by the fire. If only all of us could be treated so well and be so rested on long journeys!”
Megan relocated from the Portuguese Algarve to join owner Barbara in the UK. She was lovingly cared for by Barbara’s friend and neighbour Lyn.
Molly and Tinker
We collected gorgeous cats Molly and Tinker from Madam Sabrina at her cattery in the Jurançon. The cats are going all the way to Aberdeen in Scotland, to rejoin owner George.
Ollie, Mitzy, Tilly, Bamboo, George and Pie
We collected this fab family of two delightful dogs and four darling cats in Miramont de Guyenne. They travelled with us to rejoin their human family in Lancashire.
What a gorgeous collection of passengers!
And so many of them!
love your passengers ;o) Karie reminds me a lot of the cat of Hermione Granger… maybe Katie has magic powers too?
She luckily didn’t have Houdini powers 😀
Made my day to see such precious beings – beautiful kitties. Tilly got me teary thinking of our recently passed May kitty when she was a young lass. Arca’s smile is contagious! Be safe out there!
May was a very gorgeous girl too.
What a great crew! I was surprised to see that the “Texas Hollywood” really does look like west Texas and eastern New Mexico. Huh. In Europe. I didn’t expect that!
Spain has many surprises! Enough of a surprise for courier M to stop and take a picture 😀
As usual, a lot of handsome, well cared for pets, but I found myself continuing to return to Fly for his striking appearance. And, having bicycled across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, I can confirm the authentic look of Fort Bravo, AC! 🙂 –Curt
We were very taken with Fly too — a gorgeous fellow. Certain parts of Spain do wild west rather well!
Is it just me, or has your business grown exponentially over the past few years?
How marvelous for you and all of your passengers and couriers, too…these pictures are, as always, amazing.
Plus I always learn something about breeds I never knew about…like Podenco…a new one for me.
Such great photos.
That first kitty picture would make a great meme! 🙂
There are so many wonderful animals here that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Katie’s disapproving look made me laugh! And Dexter really HAS grown!
Oh my! What a large crowd of travelers through the holidays……they all look happy to be “home”.
Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam
Fly is absolutely gorgeeuss Lady Annie!! An Dexter thee Beardie Dragon iss sure big now!!!
LadyMum sayss shee reememburrss Alex doggie an iss happy to see him again.
An mee must say yur BERRY busy an iss onlee January! Lookss like it will bee a busy year fur all of youss.
**paw kissesss** Siddhartha Henry xxx
Beautiful post!!! ( I finally could hit “like” and It worked! 😀 )) 😀 Best to you. Happy week!
Lots of travelers. I can’t pick a favorite, I love them all.
Two ladies must have had a conversation with Grumpy cat, they look so simular 😀 Lots of passengers today and we loved the letter of CCS’s Paw 😀 Pawkisses for a Safe trip ahead 🙂 <3
Quite an assortment of beautiful passengers!
The site is working better for me now, although the like button seems to have disappeared after this post.