16 Maine Coon cats and their canine chum are relocating to Crete

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.

16 Maine Coon cats: A welcoming committee was waiting for us when we arrived at Emma and Warren's home

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

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

Pumpkin — Excalibur’s half-brother and Patches’ son

Excalibur — Pumpkin's half-brother and Lola's son

Excalibur — Pumpkin’s half-brother and Lola’s son

Pumpkin and Excalibur together

Pumpkin and Excalibur together

Sooty — Purrsephone's mum

Sooty — Purrsephone’s mum

Purrsephone — Sooty's daughter

Purrsephone — Sooty’s daughter

Lola

Lola

Patches and Igraine

Patches and Igraine

A closer look at Igraine

A closer look at Igraine

A winsome look from Patches

A winsome look from Patches

Aurora — Leia's daughter

Aurora — Leia’s daughter

Antigoni — Porsche's niece

Antigoni — Porsche’s niece

Porsche having a cuddle with Emma

Porsche having a cuddle with Emma

Rasta, best mates with Tiggerus

Rasta, best mates with Tiggerus

Tiggerus

Tiggerus

Ace — best mates with Indiana

Ace — best mates with Indiana

Indiana — best makes with Ace

Indiana — best makes with Ace

Dexter, a young rescue dog who gets on well with all the cats

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

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!

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!

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.

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

Owner Warren finding an alternative use for a dog water bowl

The ferry from the Greek mainland to Crete

The ferry from the Greek mainland to Crete

Our biggest van was dwarfed by the huge ferry!

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

Warren and Kevin step off the ferry with Dexter

The view towards Chania, Crete's second largest city

The view towards Chania, Crete’s second largest city

Three cats settle into the fireplace

Three cats settle into the fireplace

Patches is a bit wary at first

Patches is a bit wary at first

Here's Sooty on the worktop

Here’s Sooty on the worktop

Tiggerus scouting out the new environment

Tiggerus scouting out the new environment

Rasta is also inquisitive

Rasta is also inquisitive

Antigoni settles down to look out of the window

Antigoni settles down to look out of the window

Exploring the wine rack

Exploring the wine rack

27 Comments

  1. NylabluesMum July 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Mee-you what an amazin trip Lady Annie!!! 16 katss, 7 countriess an 1 Dexter doggie!!! Furabuluss!!! LadyMum an mee like Xcaliburr thee best….butt all thee Maine katss are luvley. Wee wishes efurryone a safe trip an hope thee settlin inn goes well.
    ***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xXx an {{hugs}} LadyMum

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      It was a big’un! Hard to pick a favourite — they’re all just gorgeous.

  2. saymber July 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I was oohing and aaahing all the way through this post! The Maine Coon’s are some of the most majestic breed of cats I know. If we were ever to consider getting another cat it would either be a Maine Coon or a Rag Doll lool. So beautiful!! Thank you! Safe travels!

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      They are majestic, as you say! We have a Rag Doll who is delicious and always have an eye out for a needy Maine Coon 😀

  3. GP Cox July 15, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    They are all beautiful animals and were delivered so safely. You are definitely a company that cares for its clients!!!

  4. Sheila Morris July 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Wow! I have never seen Maine coon cats – they are gorgeous!! And so many of them….double wow!!
    Dexter must be a good sort.
    Contrary to #45, all our family LOVES the EU and our friends across the pond…just to clarify.

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Oh, they are special! Dexter minds his own business, which is probably a good thing 😉

      We’re pleased to see that #45 isn’t being quite so unreasonable at the moment about doing business with the foe…

  5. Lavinia Ross July 15, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Dexter and the cats are very beautiful, sweet animals. I love those tufts of hair at the end of the ears on the kitties. 🙂

  6. tootlepedal July 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Those are exceptionally handsome cats.

  7. Timothy Price July 16, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

    That was quite a haul of Main Coon kitties. Persephone looks true to her name. We are in Paris in the Hôtel Hospitel by Notre Dam. It’s a wonderful hotel, but very slow internet.

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      It was a huge number of gorgeous cats. Reading the blog over slow internet must have been interesting 😉

  8. easyweimaraner July 16, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

    it seems that pumpkin sings a good bye song in the cage behind his owners…they are wonderful and I think mother nature had her best day as she created this fabulous breed…

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Pumpkin did have a lot to say but with a lovely voice! It is a very special breed.

  9. Clowie July 16, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Those cats are gorgeous!

    I sometimes find it tricky looking after two cats – Dexter must be kept busy!

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Aren’t they just lovely! Have you seen the video of ‘herding cats’? Dexter is no doubt rather tired at the end of each day!

  10. onespoiledcat July 16, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    What an epic journey for that furry family and you all made it happen with no stress on anyone…..I hope the family settles in and loves being in new surroundings. Moves aren’t always easy especially with a LOT of pets…..but AC did a great job as always.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      It was an epic journey but had been planned for a very long time! We hope they settle well too but things are looking good so far.

  11. Pix Under the Palm Fronds July 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous cats! I love Maine Coons. Dexter seemed to be enjoying the trip and the cats all looked good, too. With the help of Animal Couriers, another successful move!

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Dexter was a very late addition to the household but settled in very quickly. We’re sure the cats are grateful for their security guard!

  12. angelswhisper2011 July 17, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

    OMC look at all the lion-faces 🙂 We love them, Annie 🙂 I’m glad Dexter stayed the same with so many maine coons around 😀 Cool Pawkisses for a cool week ahead and some Extra for a safe travel 🙂 <3

  13. Kirt D Tisdale July 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Love Maine Coons (have two) and so glad you had a successful move….Ours cringe whenever the cat carriers come out…

    • Animalcouriers July 26, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      You lucky thing! They are gorgeous and we’d love it if a needy one was ever looking for a home 😉

  14. NylabluesMum July 27, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Berry true Lady Annie!!! 😉

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