Wending our way back to the UK with pets from Spain and Portugal

Having delivered our Spain-bound passengers, our two sets of couriers set about collecting pets from Spain and Portugal who are heading to the UK.

Dany

Couriers M and Paul drove into Portugal, where their first stop was Praia de Luz to collect West Highland Terrier Dany. This cute and friendly little girl has been on holiday with her owner Angelica, and both are now on their way back to Middlesex.

pets from Spain and Portugal: A goodbye cuddle for Dany from Angelica — they'll soon be back together

A goodbye cuddle for Dany from Angelica — they’ll soon be back together

Bertie

In Lagos we met Bertie the Pug. After 13 years in sunny Portugal, Hannah is returning to the London area to further her career, and asked us to transport Bertie for her. Little Bertie is quite forward and confident. He gave our van a thorough inspection before settling down in his bedroom.

Dear Bertie getting a proper send-off from Hannah

Dear Bertie getting a proper send-off from Hannah

Aurora Mimosa

Maxine was on holiday at a yoga centre on the Portuguese Algarve when she met Aurora Mimosa, a part Labrador puppy — the yoga centre’s resident Labrador had gone wandering and come back expectant! Maxine fell for the puppies, and was delighted when owner Paula invited her to choose one.

Now that Aurora Mimosa is old enough to travel, she’s on her way to live with Maxine in Scotland. Paula tells us she’s still looking for homes for four other pups.

pets from Spain and Portugal: Here's Aurora Mimosa with Zim, who works at the yoga centre, and his daughter Gabrielle. Zim has been helping to care for the puppies.

Here’s Aurora Mimosa with Zim, who works at the yoga centre, and his daughter Gabrielle. Zim has been helping to care for the puppies.

A closer look at adorable Aurora Mimosa

A closer look at adorable Aurora Mimosa

Tom and Fifi

We stopped off in a beautiful forested area near Huelva, in Spain, to collect fab feline pair Tom and Fifi. They’re relocating with owner Lynn to Bristol.

Handsome Tom

Handsome Tom

Beautiful Fifi

Beautiful Fifi

Monty

Frequent traveller Monty, a Westiepoo, is returning to Surrey following a stay in Sotogrande, near Cadiz, with owner Gillian.

This calm and quiet fellow is a pleasure to have on board

This calm and quiet fellow is a pleasure to have on board

Sunrise with swifts

Sunrise with swifts

Missie

We collected little Missie at the Petcare Pet Hotel in Alhaurin el Grande in Spain. She’s on her way to rejoin owner Heather in Gloucestershire.

Darling Missie

Darling Missie

Tojo and Rocky

We were pleased to catch up with Tojo and Rocky, and owners Mandy and Sam, in Pilar de la Horadada. We first met when Tojo and Rocky travelled with us from Greece to Northern Ireland; and again when the family relocated to Spain. Now they’re on their way back to Belfast and, once again, asked us to transport Tojo and Rocky.

Courier M fondly recalled Conure Jasper, who travelled from Greece with the dogs. When he mentioned this to Mandy, she showed him the tattoo on her shoulder of this much loved bird.

Mandy with Tojo and Sam with Rocky

Mandy with Tojo and Sam with Rocky

Although he's a tripod, Tojo loves a walk

Although he’s a tripod, Tojo loves a walk

Rocky enjoying the fresh air

Rocky enjoying the fresh air

We love Rocky's tail!

We love Rocky’s tail!

Bruc

We met five-year-old Catalan Sheepdog Bruc and his breeder Angel near Tarragona, where Angel and his dogs were doing an agility demonstration at a venue recently built by the local council. Bruc is on his way to the Midlands to join Catalan Sheepdog enthusiast Chris.

Handsome hairy hound Bruc

Handsome hairy hound Bruc

Sunset over the River Ebre in Tortosa

Sunset over the River Ebre in Tortosa

Caco and Cleo

While couriers M and Paul drove up from Portugal, couriers J and Matthew started their collections with this delightful pair of cats from Vigo, who are travelling to the UK.

Caco is fairly boisterous and is always up for a chin scratch or an ear tickle. As you pass by, a paw pops out to catch your finger!

Caco is fairly boisterous and is always up for a chin scratch or an ear tickle. As you pass by, a paw pops out to catch your finger!

Striking tabby Clea is a bit more timid. She likes attention, but doesn't heckle for it like Caco does!

Striking tabby Cleo is a bit more timid. She likes attention, but doesn’t heckle for it like Caco does!

Tisha, Popsie, Layla, Lola, Charlie, Lucie and Holly

This band of seven dogs belong to Alison and Roy, who are relocating to Lincolnshire. They’ve spent a number of years in Portugal and, more recently, in Montoro, in the Cordoba region of Spain. Over time they’ve adopted these stray and abandoned dogs, all of whom are travelling to the UK with them.

They found Lucie (L) alone in the campo; and Charlie (R) wandering near their home

They found Lucie (L) alone in the campo; and Charlie (R) wandering near their home

Tisha, another stray found near their home — carefully kept her distance as she watched all the goings-on. After a short walk on a lead and a cuddle, she let courier Matthew pick her up and pop her into her bedroom.

Tisha, another stray found near their home — carefully kept her distance as she watched all the goings-on. After a short walk on a lead and a cuddle, she let courier Matthew pick her up and pop her into her bedroom.

Here she is settled in. She has the best ears! She's epileptic, so we have tablets to give her. She's very shy but wonderfully affectionate.

Here she is settled in. She has the best ears! She’s epileptic, so we have tablets to give her. She’s very shy but wonderfully affectionate.

Roy noticed Popsie at a roundabout some 4kms from home, and went there every day to feed her. About a week later, Alison found Popsie sitting outside their house. So she joined the family.

Roy noticed Popsie at a roundabout some 4kms from home, and went there every day to feed her. About a week later, Alison found Popsie sitting outside their house. So she joined the family.

Lola took a bit of persuading (biscuits, mainly) to get into our van

Lola took a bit of persuading (biscuits, mainly) to get into our van

Here she is, happy to share a bedroom with Layla. Roy and Alison took these pretty German Shepherds in as puppies.

Here she is, happy to share a bedroom with Layla. Roy and Alison took these pretty German Shepherds in as puppies.

Holly had a good look around our van before choosing her bedroom

Holly had a good look around our van before choosing her bedroom

Holly settled in and getting ready for the off

Holly settled in and getting ready for the off

Alison and Roy having a well earned sit-down once everyone's on board

Alison and Roy having a well earned sit-down once everyone’s on board

Visiting beautiful places like Montoro is one of the perks of the job. This was the view from our hotel, as we sat with a drink, planning our journey back to the UK.

Visiting beautiful places like Montoro is one of the perks of the job. This was the view from our hotel, as we sat with a drink, planning our journey back to the UK.

A typical symbol of Spain, stunning against the bluest of blue skies

A typical symbol of Spain, stunning against the bluest of blue skies

Meet up in Toulouse

Driving up from Spain, our two vans converged in the French city of Toulouse. So all four of us were able to share the walking of our 15 doggie passengers.

Vans nose to nose

Vans nose to nose

Couriers Matthew, Paul and M with three of our canine charges

Couriers Matthew, Paul and M with three of our canine charges

By |2018-06-18T19:01:38+00:00Monday, June 18, 2018|pet transport, pet travel by road|17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner June 18, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    oh the eyes of Tom!!! and all the best to Tojo!!!

  2. Clowie June 18, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Tom has beautiful eyes! All your passengers look lovely.

    That photograph of the swifts is very pretty!

    • Animalcouriers June 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      They are gorgeous eyes. It was great that we caught a swift at all in a photo 😉

  3. becomingcliche June 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Tisha looks like an Ibizan hound to me. So beautiful!

  4. Timothy Price June 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    An Osborne Bull. I saw one or two traveling around the south of Spain. I was told that years ago, those bull billboards were all over the landscape of Spain, but that almost all were taken down after billboards advertising liquor were outlawed, but a few of the billboards were preserved. Great photos of swifts, landscapes and pets.

    • Animalcouriers June 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Yes, the booze advertising boards did disappear but a few still survive advertising bull fighting we suppose.

  5. Jovina Coughlin June 18, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Happy pets and happy pet owners.

  6. Sheila Morris June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Bravo for arranging and transporting so many beloved animals to their owners again!
    Dany is the spitting image of my little Sassy who was with me for 17 years…I loved her so much.
    Aren’t we blessed to have these wondrous creatures in our lives every day? Yes.

    • Animalcouriers June 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      It was a bumper trip! Sassy must have been an enormous pleasure in your life — they’re gorgeous dogs. Each day is indeed a blessing.

  7. onespoiledcat June 19, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Now this is a HUGE pile of passengers for AC to transport to new homes and reunions. What beautiful pups AND cats….everyone looking quite content and ready for an adventure. Love all the photos – they are brilliant and beautiful.

    Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers June 19, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

      thanks Pam & Teddy, it was a gloriously huge pile of passengers — all gorgeous and great company 😀

  8. angelswhisper2011 June 22, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

    The shy looks of Tisha made us melt, Annie, not that the other cute passengers didn’t, but she especially caught our eyes <3 The picture of the header is Outstanding! Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend and a Safe Travel ahead 🙂 <3

    • Animalcouriers June 26, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

      She was very shy but such a lovely girl! The view from the hotel was rather special 😀

  9. NylabluesMum June 29, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Wee ADORE Dany doggie!! Efurryone lookss so happy to bee travellin …..they all know they are inn safe pawss….umm handss…..
    ***nose rubsss** Siddhartha Henry xXx

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