Couriers J and M accompanied six dogs travelling by air from Greece to the UK via Paris. All young — aged between six months and a year — the dogs’ journeys to their UK homes were sponsored by various animal welfare charities.
Checking in at Athens airport
We met our six canine passengers at Athens airport, ready to board their flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in France. The last leg of their journey to the UK was by road.
Meg, Tawni and Luna are Pointer pups sponsored by Pointer Rescue Service in the UK. Their new homes are in Norwich, the Midlands and Gwent.
Puppies Ben and Lucas were sponsored by the Wild at Heart Foundation. They travelled to new homes in Saffron Walden and west London.
Little Habibi headed to the Manchester Dog Café, sponsored by the Starlight Barking Trust.
With help from our dependable friend Akis, who runs a pet taxi service in Athens, we went through the familiar check-in process.
Arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle
Four hours after taking off from Athens, we landed in Paris, where courier Richard was waiting to meet us with one of our vans.
Staying the night in Calais
We had a flexible ticket for our Eurotunnel crossing, which was just as well, as the tunnel closed its doors as we approached. So we had an impromptu night’s stopover at our regular Ibis hotel in the Calais area. The bonus was that we were joined by couriers Matthew and Marc, who’d driven back from Greece with other passengers. So together we walked all the dogs, then enjoyed a late supper of bread and cheese with a glass of beer.