Dubrovnik, Croatia

on the road with Animalcouriers

Meet Aretha, Princess, Maxi, Luka and Lola from the Dubrovnik Animal Shelter

In Dubrovnik, Croatia, couriers J and M made their way to the Dubrovnik Animal Shelter, where five gorgeous dogs were waiting for us.

This is our first of what we hope will be regular trips to the shelter to bring rescue dogs to the UK where new homes are ready and waiting for them. The shelter is working in a very responsible way, in partnership with a small group of volunteers in the UK, and we’re pleased to be playing a part in helping these eminently rehomeable dogs reach their new families.

You can read more about the shelter, and how to help and donate, in this Dubrovnik Times article.

It was a rather damp day as we pulled up

It was a rather damp day as we pulled up

The shelter is located high on a hillside. During the Balkan Conflict, the site was occupied by Serb troops who used it as a vantage point from which to shell Dubrovnik.

The shelter is located high on a hillside. During the Balkan Conflict, the site was occupied by Serb troops who used it as a vantage point from which to shell Dubrovnik.

The shelter caters for a large number of dogs in search of new homes

The shelter caters for a large number of dogs in search of new homes

Maxi

Maxi was adopted as a youngster, but when his family moved house, they decided they didn’t want him any more. Fortunately the shelter could take him in and find him a new home in the UK.

A goodbye hug for Maxi from Tomo, who works at the shelter every day, feeding, cleaning out and watching over the dogs

A goodbye hug for Maxi from Tomo, who works at the shelter every day, feeding, cleaning out and watching over the dogs

Gorgeous Maxi

Gorgeous Maxi

Aretha and Princess

Inseparable pair Princess and Aretha were taken in by the shelter when their elderly owner had to move into a care home. These two little girls have been house dogs all their lives, and the shelter staff were very worried about them making it through the harsh Croatian winter on the side of a mountain.

A goodbye kiss for Aretha from Tomo

A goodbye kiss for Aretha from Tomo

Princess ready to get on board

Princess ready to get on board

Princess and Aretha in their bedroom — poor Aretha in particular was shaking from the wet and cold, and so pleased to get into our van

Princess and Aretha in their bedroom — poor Aretha in particular was shaking from the wet and cold, and so pleased to get into our van

Luka

It was touch and go whether Luka could travel with us, as a vet spent two hours prevaricating over this young pup’s ownership — because when the shelter found him and got him microchipped, the shelter was specified as his owner. The vet’s argument was, how can a shelter own a dog? We couldn’t see the problem ourselves. In the end, the vet agreed, and Luka was able to travel, thank goodness!

Luka gets on board

Luka gets on board

Adorable young Luka

Adorable young Luka

Lola

Darling Lola was due to fly to her new UK home but was turned away at Dubrovnik airport. We were delighted we could add her to the passenger list for our road trip.

Tomo gives Lola a kiss goodbye

Tomo gives Lola a kiss goodbye

Lola ready for the off

Lola ready for the off

Starting our trip back to the UK

Eventually the rainclouds started to clear and we were treated to the fine view over Dubrovnik's old town and port that the shelter dogs enjoy — on a sunny day at least.

Eventually the rainclouds started to clear and we were treated to the fine view over Dubrovnik’s old town and port that the shelter dogs enjoy — on a sunny day at least.

Croatia is a long narrow country that hugs the Adriatic Coast opposite Italy. It's interrupted for about five miles by a chunk of Bosnia and Herzegovina — which has the same beautiful scenery and tourist-based economy as Croatia. Unlike Croatia, however, it's not part of the EU nor of the Pet Passport Scheme. So we needed additional paperwork for the dogs to travel this short distance.

Croatia is a long narrow country that hugs the Adriatic Coast opposite Italy. It’s interrupted for about five miles by a chunk of Bosnia and Herzegovina — which has the same beautiful scenery and tourist-based economy as Croatia. Unlike Croatia, however, it’s not part of the EU nor of the Pet Passport Scheme. So we needed additional paperwork for the dogs to travel this short distance.

Approaching Neum, the border town between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It's also the only town on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tiny coastline, making it the country's only access to the Adriatic Sea.

Approaching Neum, the border town between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s also the only town on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tiny coastline, making it the country’s only access to the Adriatic Sea.

 In the end, it took only about three seconds to cross the border!

In the end, it took only about three seconds to cross the border!

Crossing back into Croatia, we chatted with friendly Croatian customs officers, one of whom had adopted a dog from Dubrovnik

Crossing back into Croatia, we chatted with friendly Croatian customs officers, one of whom had adopted a dog from Dubrovnik

Stopping off to acquire more local produce

Stopping off to acquire more local produce

So many varieties of honey and preserves to choose from

So many varieties of honey and preserves to choose from

Now that's what we call a honey dispenser!

Now that’s what we call a honey dispenser!

Curious details spotted in the artwork at our hotel — nuns on pedalos…

Curious details spotted in the artwork at our hotel — nuns on pedalos…

…and monks rowing tiny catamarans

…and monks rowing tiny catamarans

By |2018-11-25T18:40:00+00:00Sun, Nov 25, 2018|animal rescue, looking for a forever home|25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin Nov 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    So very nice to meet you!

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      We were very much looking forward to meeting everyone in Dubrovnik.

  2. Lee Nov 25, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Very interesting post up. Your like button isn’t working on any post up.

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it. We’ve made a few changes and hope the like button is viewable now?

  3. onespoiledcat Nov 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Oh what lucky dogs to head off to new homes. They’re all cuties and I’m sure they were happy to be relatively warm in the van!

    Pam

  4. tootlepedal Nov 25, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Interesting artwork indeed. It looks as though all UK residents are going to enjoy the fun of border paperwork in the not too distant future. I hope they pass through as quickly as your passengers.

  5. GP Cox Nov 25, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Interesting artwork.
    Looks like some of your passengers got caught in the rain too, eh?

  6. becomingcliche Nov 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I have been WAITING for this post! YAY! Rescued Croatian dogs! Hooray! Also, the “like” button is not loading.

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

      We were very keen to see how it all worked and it was relatively simple. Great to see them reach their homes! Done a few tweaks and hope the like button is behaving better now.

  7. America On Coffee Nov 26, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Blessed!

  8. easyweimaraner Nov 26, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I hope for a wonderful time for all this pups in their new homes… how bad that the hard rain gave you all a free shower ;O)))

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

      So far so very good in their new homes. Yup, that shower was rather mean!

  9. scifihammy Nov 26, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

    What a heart-warming story of you helping these shelter dogs on the road to a brand new better life. 🙂
    I just love how Tomo is obviously very attached and caring of all his dogs. 🙂

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      A lot of dedicated people were involved finding homes, transport and finances. It all worked well so it’s hopeful we’ll be visiting regularly. They’re very lucky to have Tomo!

  10. Clowie Nov 26, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

    It must be very stressful when travel is delayed for any reason.

    I hope they’ll all be very happy in their new homes.

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

      There are so many things that can go wrong with pet travel. Luckily we were there just in time.

  11. BellaDharma's LadyMew Nov 26, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Meow meow it iss wunder full to meet THE Croatian Five!!! Poor deer Maxi…hwo cuud anyone not take him along?? FISHCAKESS! Butt wee know hee will get a guud mew hime!
    Arethan & an Princess are so cute together!
    An Misrut Tomo iss a kind man fore sure!
    **purrsss** BellaDharma

  12. Sheila Morris Nov 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    OMG – these dogs!!!
    I would like to have each and every one of them with Pretty and me…although Charly might be less than enthusiastic!
    This was a fabulous post…bittersweet as always to see dogs that have lived in someone else’s home for such a long time have a chance to be loved again…safe travels and bless your hearts for what you do!!

    • Animalcouriers Nov 27, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Charly might indeed have a few words to say 😉 It was a great start in the rather long road to finding homes for them all.

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