Emma and Warren along with their 16 Maine Coon cats and their canine chum are relocating to Crete from Hampshire.
Couriers Martin and Marc went to collect the whole gang bright and early, stopping off on the way for final health checks for the TRACES certificate at Kynoch Vets in Yateley, Hampshire.
This trip took us overland to Greece via Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Usually we take the ferry to Greece from Italy. This time, however, we couldn’t get a ferry trip on that route with a shaded open deck. We felt that for these very furry cats, some of whom are quite senior, it would be more comfortable to go the longer way round by road.
A welcoming committee was waiting for us when we arrived at Emma and Warren’s home
Emma and Warren say goodbye to the cats and Dexter
Meet the cats (and Dexter)
These gorgeous and friendly cats are travelling two to a bedroom, with pairings worked out in advance by Emma. Darling hound Dexter has the luxury of solo accommodation!
Pumpkin — Excalibur’s half-brother and Patches’ son
Excalibur — Pumpkin’s half-brother and Lola’s son
Pumpkin and Excalibur together
Sooty — Purrsephone’s mum
Purrsephone — Sooty’s daughter
Patches and Igraine
A closer look at Igraine
A winsome look from Patches
Aurora — Leia’s daughter
Antigoni — Porsche’s niece
Porsche having a cuddle with Emma
Rasta, best mates with Tiggerus
Ace — best mates with Indiana
Indiana — best makes with Ace
Dexter, a young rescue dog who gets on well with all the cats
On our way
This is one of our longest road trips. We are often amazed at how pets, and cats in particular, so often chill out and settle into the journey.
Here are Pumpkin and Excalibur showing how it’s done
Antigoni at 3,200 miles. Just one more day and one more night to go!
You can’t visit Austria without indulging in a Wiener Schnitzel!
We met up with Warren and family friend Kevin at Piraeus Port on the Greek mainland. L to R Akis (pet taxi driver extraordinaire), Warren, Kevin, and courier Marc with Dexter, who was so happy to be reunited with Warren.
Owner Warren finding an alternative use for a dog water bowl
The ferry from the Greek mainland to Crete
Our biggest van was dwarfed by the huge ferry!
New home on Crete
As we delivered the cats and Dexter to the family’s home on Crete, we were very impressed at how calm the cats appeared in their new environment.
Warren and Kevin step off the ferry with Dexter
The view towards Chania, Crete’s second largest city
Three cats settle into the fireplace
Patches is a bit wary at first
Here’s Sooty on the worktop
Tiggerus scouting out the new environment
Rasta is also inquisitive
Antigoni settles down to look out of the window
Exploring the wine rack