It was a bright and breezy morning in Glyfada, Athens, as we started welcoming a very large group UK-bound passengers.
Sila and Dora
This super pair of cats belong to Christina, who’s relocating with them to Lancashire for work. Both cats were quick to settle into their bedroom. They’re easy to handle and love a chat.
Danny, Millie, Julia, Slinky, Finn and Rosie
Dogs Danny, Millie and Julia, and cats Slinky, Finn and Rosie belong to Nigel and family. After a few years living in the beautiful Peloponnese area in Kalamata, the family is heading back to family and friends in Leicester, along with their super six.
Gorgeous Golden Retriever Baloo is travelling with Animalcouriers for the third time. Owner Irene lives and works in Edinburgh, and spends the summer with her family in Athens. Now summer is over, Irene has already left, and Baloo is heading back to Scotland to join her.
Lovely Lisa belongs to Ioannis and Konstantina. Konstantina has already moved to London, and now Ioannis and Lisa are on their way to join her.
Border Collie Perikles belongs to Niki. He’s on his way to rejoin her in London.
Nesh, Eve and Kaliqoulas
This charming feline trio belongs to Anna Marie and Konstantinos, who are moving to a new home in Norfolk.
Homer has all the classic good looks of a Husky. He belongs to Ioannis who is waiting for him to arrive in London. Straroula, who brought Homer to join the trip, very thoughtfully gave him a good long walk on the beach, so Homer was very relaxed when we met him.
Gentle Labrador Olivia belongs to Ioannis, who’s moved to Gloucestershire. His mum Katerina delivered Olivia to us, before starting her own journey to the UK.
Owing to a bad back, Lynette decided to put her beloved Terrier Bailey up for adoption in the UK. We hadn’t gone far, however, before we heard from Lynette that she was missing Bailey so much, she had changed her mind! So Bailey will stay with friends of Lynette in the UK until we bring her back to Greece on our November trip.
Afro was one of a litter of puppies dumped near Sandy’s home on the island of Poros. When Sharon was on a visit, she fell in love with Afro and decided to adopt him. He has lovely walks on the beaches to look forward to at his forever home in Bexhill.
Arthur and Chester
This fine pair of cats belongs to Daphne, who has moved to Edinburgh. Her friend Zoe has been taking care of them in the meantime, and brought them to join our trip.
Chewie and Pickle
Border Terrier Chewie and Pickle the Pug belong to Carol. After living on the island of Kos for a while, Carol has decided to return to the UK, along with her beloved dogs.
Beautiful Bella was due to travel with us to London to rejoin Stelios, but we noticed that, unfortunately, her passport had been completed incorrectly by the vet. So Bella will stay on with Eleni while her passport is amended, and will travel with us in November instead.
Adorable Chris belongs to Andy, who’s travelling on ahead to the UK to be ready to welcome Chris.
French Bulldog Maggie belongs to Robyn and Henry, who are returning to the UK after a period of living and working in Athens. Robyn met us with Maggie in Glyfada, and Henry is waiting to welcome her in Surrey.
Cheeky Collie cross Lily belongs to David and Skye, who live in London and also have a house on Mykonos. Lily flew into Athens from Mykonos, where Akis collected her and brought her to join the trip.
Titi belongs to Rosemarie, who has been living and working on the island of Lefkas for some years. When we reach the UK, Rosemarie’s daughter Hayley will be waiting to receive this cute and fluffy bundle.
It was a very organised departure, with every bit of paperwork closely studied by the kind and helpful port police. We wouldn’t have got away with a single mistake, and quite right too. In fact, it was a very reassuring experience — in the past, we’ve sometimes had to second guess where information might be lacking, putting us in a position where we had to be smart, rather than get on and do our job well.