Having reunited pets with their families in Greece, Animalcouriers set off on the return journey with dogs and cats on board.
George has been living on the Greek island of Crete with owners Malcolm and Sue for the past five years. A chartered accountant, Malcolm told us they feel lucky to have spent time living and working on this beautiful island. Now, however, it’s time to return to their roots in Northumberland.
Gobi and Kia
Gobi and Kia are a gorgeous pair of young setters, literally found on their doorstep by Lynne and Barrie. Their daughter in Wales offered to adopt them once they were old enough to travel. What a lucky pair of pups, choosing that doorstep!
Another story of a stray with a happy ending! When John, an orchid expert who lives in the Shetland Islands, was leading a nature tour in northern Greece, beautiful pup Kerkini attached herself to him and followed him everywhere.
As the date for John to leave Greece approached, he realised he couldn’t just leave Kerkini behind. So his partner Roberta contacted Animalcouriers for advice.
Our fab friend Akis (see above!) went on a two-day trip to collect Kerkini. Then Christine of Chris’s Animal Hotel took over, organising a pet passport for Kerkini and taking care of her during the 21-day waiting period.
It’s not possible for John and Roberta to have Kerkini themselves, but she’s been adopted by their friends Paul and Val, who run the Restaurant aux Quatre Saisons in Axat, in southern France. Paul and Val (and their dog) are looking forward to welcoming Kerkini into the family.
Douglas and Terry
This identical black cat duo belong to Euan and Hannah, who are relocating from Athens to north London.
Darling Bumble and family are relocating from Athens to Surrey.
Sebastian and Linda
These brother and sister cats belong to Efi, who’s moving from Athens to Hertfordshire. Efi warned us they are quite shy and can be rather uncertain in unfamiliar surroundings. They hid away at first, which didn’t surprise us, as they had already travelled from Thessaloniki to Athens, and had a short stay at a cattery before transferring to our van.
Sunny, Joy and Faith
Wendy from Starlight Barking Trust has been working at a shelter on Limnos. She brought three lively and lovely young dogs — Sunny, and sisters Joy and Faith — to join our trip, on their way to their new UK homes.
We scooped up sweet Melania in Patras just before we boarded our ferry. She travelled with us to Bristol in the UK to rejoin owner Iris, who wrote to say:
“Thank you for delivering Melania to me safely. She has settled back into her routine with no problems whatsoever. Thanks to you both for looking after her as if she was your own.”
On our way
With all our passengers safely on board, we took the ferry from Patras to the Italian port of Bari.
Deliveries and reunions
And here they are arriving with courier Marc