Animalcouriers van near an airplane

on the road with Animalcouriers

Six dogs travelling by air from Greece to the UK

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.

Courier M with Akis (sporting a pawprint shirt!) checking in some serious excess luggage

Courier M with Akis (sporting a pawprint shirt!) checking in some serious excess luggage

Meg was very quiet during the trip, but came out of her shell when she spent the night at courier J's and made friends with housedogs Pugsley and Bonnie

Meg was very quiet during the trip, but came out of her shell when she spent the night at courier J’s and made friends with housedogs Pugsley and Bonnie

Ben shows his super profile

Ben shows his super profile

 

Adorable Lucas

Adorable Lucas

We couldn't resist a closer look at Lucas's cute little nose!

We couldn’t resist a closer look at Lucas’s cute little nose!

Handsome Habibi

Handsome Habibi

We took the dogs out while their travel boxes were x-rayed. Here's Ben with Akis.

We took the dogs out while their travel boxes were x-rayed. Here’s Ben with Akis.

Another chance to love Lucas's nose

Another chance to love Lucas’s nose

Once security checks were complete, the dogs went back in their travel boxes, which were loaded onto special trolleys for transporting to the plane

Once security checks were complete, the dogs went back in their travel boxes, which were loaded onto special trolleys for transporting to the plane

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.

Two modes of transport almost side by side — plane and van

Two modes of transport almost side by side — plane and van

Courier Richard was waiting for us in arrivals, ready to help us get the dogs into the waiting Animalcouriers van

Courier Richard was waiting for us in arrivals, ready to help us get the dogs into the waiting Animalcouriers van

CDG was full of Irish sports fans travelling home after an international match in Paris. This friendly chap, sporting a fine piece of headwear, spent some time chatting gently to the dogs. He was happy to hear they had forever homes to go to.

CDG was full of Irish sports fans travelling home after an international rugby match in Paris. This friendly chap, sporting a fine piece of headwear, spent some time chatting gently to the dogs. He was happy to hear they had forever homes to go to.

The dogs settled quickly into our van, where water and treats were waiting. This is Habibi.

The dogs settled quickly into our van, where water and treats were waiting. This is Habibi.

And here are the three Pointers, Luna, Meg and Tawni

And here are the three Pointer Sisters, Luna, Meg and Tawni

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.

L to R: couriers Matthew, Marc, M and Richard (the empty seat belongs to courier J, who's behind the camera!)

L to R: couriers Matthew, Marc, M and Richard (the empty seat belongs to courier J, who’s behind the camera!)

By | 2018-02-08T13:50:50+00:00 Thursday, February 8, 2018|pet air travel, pet transport|13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner February 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    oh the white paws of Ben!! and we love the name Habibi… it has such a sweet meaning and it sounds good somehow .O))) have a good flight and all the best for this pups in their new homes…

  2. onespoiledcat February 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    So wonderful that those pups have forevers as rescues…..lucky!!

    Pam

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

      You can see why they’ve all got homes to go to — lovely group!

  3. KDKH February 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I had wondered who was behind the camera! Looks like another fine crew of dogs and I’m so happy they are getting forever homes. Well, if the dog cafe’ is like the cat cafe’s in the US, that might just be a stop-over for Habibi on his way to a forever home. Good news for them all.

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Yes, it is a similar idea to a cat café except all the dogs are looking for homes. We don’t think Habibi will wait long for that forever home!

  4. Clowie February 9, 2018 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Those pups are cute! I hope all the dogs will be happy.

  5. Sheila Morris February 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I grew up in a home in Texas with at least 2 pointers at all times, and your Pointer travelers today reminded me so much of ours. I’m not sure how our Texas dogs would ever have taken to flying in an airplane, but I was happy to see your travelers fared well.
    Good for you for caring for them all!
    Safe journeys always.

    • Animalcouriers February 12, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Pointers are gorgeous — can understand why your family had them as serial pets!

  6. angelswhisper2011 February 12, 2018 at 9:28 am - Reply

    MOL…the Pointer sisters made us laugh, Annie. Great found! 😀 Pawkisses for a Safe trip ahead and good luck to all the doggies 🙂 <3

  7. Key Image Photographers February 18, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Omg little Lucas is so cute!!!

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