Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets travelling to Greece. We chose an overland route, through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, as shaded open-deck spots weren’t available on the ferry route from Italy to Greece.
Charlie, an irrepressible Cocker Spaniel, travelled with us from London to Thessaloniki in Greece.
Charlie, a lively and lovable fellow
Cute as a button and as calm as her name suggests, Serenity is a four-month-old Bull Mastiff. We collected her from her breeder Triona in Hampshire, and took her to her new owner Christos in Thessaloniki.
Simply gorgeous tortie puss Leeloo made the long journey from Dundee in Scotland to Athens. This gentle girl soon got used to life on the road.
Leeloo’s beautiful markings
Saffron, Sophie and Twinkle
These three chums belong to Kevin and his wife, who’ve relocated from Lincolnshire to the Greek island of Rhodes.
Twinkle is very laid back and always ready for her tea
Shih Tzu Saffron and Springer Sophie are great mates and love their walks
Here they are with courier Marc, just back from a beach walk. We expect there will be plenty more for them to enjoy on Rhodes
What we saw on the way
Our hotel near Wels in Austria features some interesting pets
Alpacas, goats and rabbits happily shared a paddock
Courier Marc out on an early morning walk near Wels with Sophie and Saffron
All our canine passengers enjoyed this stunning forest walk
Sunflowers spotted in Romania
Around 10 years ago there were a lot of these handmade cards in Romania.
Now they seem to be dying out, replaced by rather smart cars!
On the Bulgarian bank of the Danube, looking back towards Romania
With Akis to Rhodes
In Athens we caught up with our great friend and colleague Akis, who operates a pet taxi service. He took Saffron, Sophie and Twinkle on the last leg of their trip to rejoin their owners in Rhodes.
Twinkle was still laid back after 3,200 miles on the road