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