While couriers M, Paul and Richard travelled round France, Spain and Portugal in December, couriers J and Huw were transporting pets from Greece to the UK.

Our first stop, however, was to deliver Akim and Nera who made the journey with us from the UK. These delightful passengers, who’ve travelled with us before, belong to Dimitri.

Dimitri and Akim reunited in Athens

Dimitri and Akim reunited in Athens

Gorgeous Nera

Gorgeous Nera

Courier J flew into Athens airport to join courier Huw, who'd driven down from the UK with Akim and Nera. This was the airport's take on Christmas lights!

Courier J flew into Athens airport to join courier Huw, who’d driven down from the UK with Akim and Nera. This was the airport’s take on Christmas lights!

Welcoming Christmas biscuits on arrival

Welcoming Christmas biscuits on arrival

Vincent

Vincent belongs to Tonia, who wanted her ‘little man’ to be with her for Christmas. Despite a metre of snow around her home in Shropshire, she managed to get to the airport and fly to Thessaloniki. There, she collected Vincent and made the six-hour trip to meet us in Glyfada so that he could get on board.

We so admired Tonia's determination — and you can see that cute Shih Tzu Vincent was worth the effort

We so admired Tonia’s determination — and you can see that cute Shih Tzu Vincent was worth the effort

Misky

Old English Sheepdog Misky travelled with us from Athens to Leicester.

Gorgeous Misky arrived in style

Gorgeous Misky arrived in style

Misky was quick to settle in for the journey

Misky was quick to settle in for the journey

Lucy

Splendid German Shepherd Dog Lucy made the journey from Athens to Coventry.

A goodbye hug for Lucy

A goodbye hug for Lucy

Lucy shows her fine profile

Lucy shows her fine profile

Ran Tan Plan and Hazelnut

These two Pointer cross dogs travelled with us from Lesvos, each having a new home to go to in Bristol. Their journeys were sponsored by the Wild at Heart Foundation.

Ran Tan Plan and Hazelnut

Ran Tan Plan and Hazelnut

Dizzy, Leo and Simba

Handsome trio Dizzy, Leo and Simba travelled from Lemnos to new homes in Manchester via the Manchester Dog Café. Their transport was sponsored by the Starlight Barking Trust. Our good friend Akis, who operates a pet taxi service, had to make two trips to the port to collect these three, as the first sailing was abandoned owing to bad weather.

Dizzy — a great little chap with quite a bit of Basset Hound in him!

Dizzy — a great little chap with quite a bit of Basset Hound in him!

Calm and friendly Golden Retriever Leo

Calm and friendly Golden Retriever Leo

Simba with Akis. If you love Setters, this Setter cross is the dog for you. Very loving, keen on humans, and bursting with energy.

Simba with Akis. If you love Setters, this Setter cross is the dog for you. Very loving, keen on humans, and bursting with energy.