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
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
The view down one of Valetta’s typically narrow, cobbled streets
A small community of houses around the fishing port
A slightly sinister-looking alms collection box
There’s an abundance of imposing doorways…
…and intricate metal balconies
Glazed balconies are also popular
We were rather disappointed that this toyshop had closed down…
…and faintly alarmed by this gargoyle!
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.
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.
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
A proper look at JD’s splendid ears
Gorgeous Spaniel cross Baileys, named after a certain alcoholic drink
Cute Border Collie Natty gets a cuddle with Richard…
…and with Paul!
Massively affectionate Mellie, who adores everyone
Mellie’s sister Portia, aka the Duchess — because she’s so demanding!
Dear George, who was found hanging on a wire outside the SPCA
Super tortie Kim
Kim’s equally super sister Plum
Queenie, who came from a nearby feral colony
Paul’s mum Rosie, with Plum in the background
On board the ferry to Messina, Sicily
A crane disguised as a giraffe in Valetta harbour
Sunset over Valetta as we left
Crossing the Strait of Messina
Looking towards Mount Etna shrouded in clouds