Malta bazaar

on the road with Animalcouriers

Meeting a family of three dogs and six cats in Malta

Couriers J and M flew into Sicily’s Catania airport, hopped into a waiting Animalcouriers van, and headed off to meet a family of three dogs and six cats in Malta. We’re transporting the pets from Malta to Hungary — the first time we’ve done this particular trip.

Our ferry from Pazzollo in Sicily to Malta

Our ferry from Pazzollo in Sicily to Malta

Sightseeing in Malta

It’s always a pleasure for couriers J and M to find themselves on Malta, as both have childhood ties to the island. With a bit of spare time before meeting their passengers, our couriers took in some of the sights in and around Valetta.

One of our favourite views of the place

One of our favourite views of the place

The view down one of Valetta's typically narrow, cobbled streets

The view down one of Valetta’s typically narrow, cobbled streets

A small community of houses around the fishing port

A small community of houses around the fishing port

A slightly sinister-looking alms collection box

A slightly sinister-looking alms collection box

There's an abundance of imposing doorways…

There’s an abundance of imposing doorways…

…and intricate metal balconies

…and intricate metal balconies

Glazed balconies are also popular

Glazed balconies are also popular

We were rather disappointed that this toyshop had closed down…

We were rather disappointed that this toyshop had closed down…

 …and faintly alarmed by this gargoyle!

…and faintly alarmed by this gargoyle!

A singular take on the Nativity in the heart of Valetta

A singular take on the Nativity in the heart of Valetta

There are quite a number of stray cats on Malta. Here's how some of them get by — waiting for the catch of the day! The cats have a well fed air about them.

There are quite a number of stray cats on Malta. Here’s how some of them get by — waiting for the catch of the day! The cats have a well fed air about them.

This splendid tabby resides at a clothing store

This splendid tabby resides at a clothing store

An 3D-illustrated cat-themed Maltese proverb — the hasty cat brings forth blind kittens. From which can be inferred: hasty decisions or work done in a hurry often leads to mistakes.

An 3D-illustrated cat-themed Maltese proverb — the hasty cat brings forth blind kittens. From which can be inferred: hasty decisions or work done in a hurry often leads to mistakes.

Another Maltese proverb brought to (semi) life — cut off a pig's tail and he will still be a pig. So, people set in their ways won't change, no matter what.

Another Maltese proverb brought to (semi) life — cut off a pig’s tail and he will still be a pig. So, people set in their ways won’t change, no matter what.

Meeting our passengers

Our nine passengers from Malta belong to Paul and Richard, and Paul’s mum Rosie. The family is relocating to Hungary where they have a farmhouse with lots of land for the pets to enjoy. They’ll keep a base in Malta, too, as Paul and Richard both work there as accountants.

All nine pets — three dogs and six cats — are rescues, who’ve been fortunate enough to find their way to happy lives with Paul, Richard and Rosie.

Richard and Paul with their lively dogs

Richard and Paul with their lively dogs

Handsome JD

Handsome JD

A proper look at JD's splendid ears

A proper look at JD’s splendid ears

Gorgeous Spaniel cross Baileys, named after a certain alcoholic drink

Gorgeous Spaniel cross Baileys, named after a certain alcoholic drink

Cute Border Collie Natty gets a cuddle with Richard…

Cute Border Collie Natty gets a cuddle with Richard…

…and with Paul!

…and with Paul!

Massively affectionate Mellie, who adores everyone

Massively affectionate Mellie, who adores everyone

Mellie's sister Portia, aka the Duchess — because she's so demanding!

Mellie’s sister Portia, aka the Duchess — because she’s so demanding!

Dear George, who was found hanging on a wire outside the SPCA

Dear George, who was found hanging on a wire outside the SPCA

Super tortie Kim

Super tortie Kim

Kim's equally super sister Plum

Kim’s equally super sister Plum

Queenie, who came from a nearby feral colony

Queenie, who came from a nearby feral colony

Paul's mum Rosie, with Plum in the background

Paul’s mum Rosie, with Plum in the background

Leaving Malta

On board the ferry to Messina, Sicily

On board the ferry to Messina, Sicily

A crane disguised as a giraffe in Valetta harbour

A crane disguised as a giraffe in Valetta harbour

Sunset over Valetta as we left

Sunset over Valetta as we left

Crossing the Strait of Messina

Crossing the Strait of Messina

Looking towards Mount Etna shrouded in clouds

Looking towards Mount Etna shrouded in clouds

By |2018-11-19T10:50:24+00:00Monday, November 19, 2018|animal rescue, pet transport, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner November 19, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

    we wish all 9 a super good time with AC :o) malta is stunning somehow, I always thought I will meet a kight in armour or a damsel on the streets, it is like living a little in medieval times ;O)

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      It does feel set in another time and place, always something ancient to find around the next corner.

  2. Clowie November 19, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Malta looks an absolutely fascinating place to explore.

    A pleasant trip to all!

  3. GP Cox November 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    This post was a bit different than the usual – excellent photos!!

  4. KDKH November 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Loved your pics, as always. What a greAt group of pups and kits!

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      They are a super bunch and are moving to a great new home.

  5. Sheila Morris November 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Branching out for our couriers! Brilliant!!
    How wonderful these rescues have made it into a fabulous home of loving peeps…I love them all…As Always, safe journeys…

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      They love returning to Malta but the next bit of the trip is what they’ve been getting quite excited about…!

  6. becomingcliche November 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Oh, my gosh, Georgie! What a story!

  7. Curt Mekemson November 19, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Malta. Your photos reinforced my desire, AC. My thanks to Paul and Richard and their care for rescues. As for Baileys, theres a bottle on our shelf in Puerto Vallarta for our evening treat! 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      You wouldn’t regret it Curt, a wonderful place. Enjoy that Baileys!

  8. Jovina Coughlin November 19, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Love the photos.

  9. tootlepedal November 19, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the very nice Maltese views.

  10. onespoiledcat November 20, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

    What splendid photos and a really great family who makes a big move together……wonderful post. All of the animals look very happy – and I’m sure that’s because they LOVE their caretakers and wherever THEY go, they all go TOGETHER.

    Pam and Teddy too

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      This family is indeed a very happy one and it looks like every one of them will be happy in their new home.

  11. angelswhisper2011 November 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    What a great place! Malta is now on the list to go 😀 Great pictures too, Annie 🙂 The kitties have stolen our hearts, but the doggies are very special too. Just one more thing: Thank you so much for coming to my Pawty. Hope you had a lot of fun, just like me 😀 Extra Pawkisses for a wonderful day and safe journey ahead

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Do go if you can, it’s quite splendid. Hey, you do great parties – how could we miss it 😀

  12. Dead Donovan November 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Damn. I bet that toy store was cracker! Malta looks like a cool place to visit!!

    PR

    • Animalcouriers November 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      We would have loved to have seen inside it! Malta is fabulous.

  13. BellaDharma's LadyMew November 26, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Meow meow what a storey ’bout all thee 4 leggedss an their Hu’manss!! Safe travelss efurryone!
    An Sunset over Valetta sounds like a row-mance bookie, MOL!!!
    **purrsss** BellaDharma

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