Two Animalcouriers vans left the UK recently, travelling south through France, Spain and Portugal. Given the cold weather, with a wind chill of -5C, we chose the overnight crossing from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries, to ensure that pets and couriers were somewhere warm for the night.
On arrival, Courier Marc took a westerly route towards Portugal through France and Spain, with two cats and five dogs on board. Meanwhile couriers M and Mathew drove down the eastern side of France on their way to Almeria via Barcelona, carrying five dogs, two cats and a pair of fancy rats.
Jet-black Utah belongs to Maria, who’s been working in Leeds for a while. Now she’s relocating back to Madrid with her beloved cat.
Spike and Millie
An adorable pair of pugs, Spike and Millie belong to Deborah and family, who’ve relocated from London to Lisbon for work, and are very excited about their new jobs.
Jack Russell Daisy also homeboarded briefly with courier J, and was the perfect house guest. She hails from Essex and her new home is near Estepona in Spain.
Frankie and Pickles
Newfoundland Frankie, a gentle giant, is travelling with Persian cat Pickles. They’re exchanging chilly West Sussex for the warmer climes of Malaga in Spain.
Lovely Staffie Levi started her journey in Lochore in Scotland, and is travelling all the way to Benalmadena in Spain. Her owners were really anxious about her travelling, but they needn’t have worried — she’s taken the whole experience in her stride!
Mel and Koko
Fancy rats Mel and Koko travelled with us from Bristol to Montgat, near Barcelona.
Elvis and Ada
A pair of very good-natured cats, Elvis and Ada stayed with courier J for a few days before the trip, which allowed her to discover their lovely personalities. They’re relocating with owners Paul and Sally from West Sussex to Alicante.
Sam and Teddy
German Spitz Sam and Shih Tzu/Poodle cross Teddy are moving with owners Mary and Colin from Kent to Alicante. A very charming pair of dogs who are clearly devoted to each other.
Lulu and Myrtle
Two sorts of Jack Russell — Lulu is a Parson’s while Myrtle is a mini. They belong to Jenny and her daughter who’ve moved from Essex to Torrevieja. They homeboarded with courier J ahead of the trip, who reports that Lulu, in particular, is quite a character, who made it her business to claim every dog toy in the house. Courier J had to intervene from time to time to ensure fairness and justice among the canine crew.
Gentle Bearded Collie Fred travelled with us from Devon to rejoin owner Richard in Murcia.