Our two trips around southern Europe are on the way back to the UK, with pets on board from Portugal, Spain and France.
Pets from Portugal and Spain
Courier Marc travelled round Portugal and back up through Spain, collecting cats and dogs heading to the UK.
First things first — Staffie Levi reunited with owner Stacey in Benalmadena, Spain
Easy and Wasabi are Margarida’s darling cats, on their way from Lisbon to rejoin her in London
Adorable tuxedo cat Mini, who belongs to Rachel, is on her way from Alvor to Lancashire
Francis’s three dogs are travelling with us from Silves to Lancashire. Here are Masie and Chihuahua Alfie…
…and this is camera-shy Bentley!
We collected lively Pomeranian Rupert from Pam and Viv at Petcare Pet Hotel in Alhaurin el Grande, Malaga. His final destination is Cyprus. Owners Peter and Moira had intended him to fly to the UK but, at this time of year, no flights between Malaga and the UK take pets. So he’s travelling by road with us as far as the UK, and we’ll then pop him on a flight out of London Heathrow airport to Larnaca to rejoin Peter and Moira.
Rato and Whisky (here) and Emma (below) hail from Malaga. They’re on their way to East Kilbride in Scotland, to rejoin owner Beryl.
Emma, the final member of Beryl’s splendid feline trio
Princess, one of five cats belonging to Michaela. They’re swapping Menorca for Devon.
Ice and Baileys, two more of Michaela’s fab five
Not too keen on a close-up — Itsy
Equally camera-shy Roxy
Couriers M and Matthew’s journey took them down the east side of Spain and back up through France.
Gorgeous tabby puss Polly belongs to Verity. We collected her from Verity’s mum, Rachel, in sunny Almeria in Spain, and will be reuniting her with Verity in Gloucestershire.
Polly in the arms of Rachel
Verity wrote to say: “A massive thank you to the lovely couriers who dropped our Polly off safe and sound, as well as all the other staff at Animalcouriers for the fantastic service provided. As you can see, she is settling in very well, and has been relaxing on the sofa after having a good prowl around the house!”
Not the place — the cat! Milan is a delightful Persian kitten who joined us in rainy Valencia. We met up with her breeders, Augustine and Pablo, in the ancient city centre — but couldn’t stay long as it was rush hour, and parking is challenging at the best of times. Milan’s new home is with Isabella in the UK.
Fluffy young Milan
Rain-drenched rush hour in Valencia
We spent the night in Tortosa, where we managed to get an off-peak deal at the Parador
Tortosa’s stunning cathedral
Mitzi, Bebbins, Katie, Bushy, Fluffpot, Sparky, Benny and Piggy
We added considerably to our feline passenger list when we stopped near Avignon to collect Dawn’s family of eight. She rescued all of them from the streets and gave them a loving home. After a number of years living in France, Dawn is returning to the UK, and all the cats are going too.
Bushy and Piggy in a heap
Dawn helping courier M ensure we have each cat correctly identified and their bedrooms labelled
We collected Highlander, a Shiba Inu puppy, from Catherine, a successful breeder and shower of these dogs. Young Highlander is great fun and has the characteristic smile of a Shiba Inu. He’s on his way to Saria in London.
A goodbye hug for Highlander from breeder Catherine
It was a braw bright moonlight night in Lussan
Max, Jake, Loopy, Maisie and Poppy
When Karen and Phil moved from the UK to France, we brought their five dogs out for them. After an enjoyable couple of years in Fumel, they’re heading back to the UK, and asked us to transport their dogs again — it was a treat to meet up with the gang and catch up on all their news.
The welcoming committee as we drove up
Poppy and Maisy
Phil and Karen seeing their beloved hounds away
Our two vans caught up with each other in France, and travelled north in convoy through Rouen, en route to Calais for the Eurotunnel. Here we all are, waiting to check in at Eurotunnel pet reception this morning.
When we stopped off at a services on the M25, an accidental spillage of dog food attracted a visitation from the sky — a squabble of black-headed gulls, who must have been forced inland by the bad weather. They saw the opportunity and grabbed it with both webbed feet!