On the way to happy reunions in Hungary for Paul, Richard and Rosie with their nine pets, couriers J and M drove through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
Tarts and pies in Slovenia. How does one keep trim when treats like this are on offer?!
We arrived to find a happy household of expectant pet owners — the human family had travelled the day before and had everything ready for the dogs and cats. The dogs have never lived with a garden before, so there was lots of rushing about and exploring to do.
Courier M holds on tight while Natty and Baileys jump for joy on being back with Paul and Richard
The smile on Baileys’ face says it all
Rosie delighted to welcome Gracie to Hungary…
…along with sisters Kim and Plum
We then turned around and headed back to Croatia, to meet our next passengers at a dog shelter just outside Dubrovnik.
In Croatia we saw lots of orange and clementine trees. We stopped at one of the many roadside stalls and came away with far more goods than intended, thanks to a charming and effective saleswoman!
Delicious artisanal citrus-based preserves will be making their way into relatives’ Christmas stockings this year
We spotted signs like this along the motorway, next to tunnels which serve as safe crossing points for wildlife
Another sign near Dubrovnik — presumably a warning about road hogs!
We’ve experienced many holdups on our journeys — strikes, ferry cancellations, bad weather — but never a car on fire before. We were less than a mile from the dog shelter and near the top of a mountain.
Fortunately the fire service turned up fast to deal with it. Fortunately too it was raining, so the fire didn’t spread to the nearby trees.