Christmas around Europe

Merry Christmas from Animalcouriers

Christmas around Europe; and goodbye to an old friend

On our November and December trips around Europe we encountered all manner of festive scenes and setups. Here are just a few — from France, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and the UK — to give you a flavour, and to accompany our best wishes to all our clients, friends and followers for Christmas and the new year.

Goodbye Jim

We also bid a sad farewell to one of our most frequent passengers. A number of dogs travel with us regularly, but Jim and his brother Jules were our only regular feline guests. These two handsome tuxedo boys (and owner Faith) split their time between the hustle and bustle of London and the tranquillity of village life in south-west France.

Sadly Jules passed away a few years ago; just a few weeks ago Faith let us know she’d had to say goodbye to Jim, who wasn’t far off his 19th birthday. We’ll miss you, gentleman Jim!

Jim relaxing in the French summer sunshine

Jim relaxing in the French summer sunshine

By |2018-12-24T11:05:33+00:00Monday, December 24, 2018|pet transport|25 Comments


  1. Lee December 24, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas
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    Your Friend Lee

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Sorry, we thought we were! Will go and check now… All the very best for 2019 for you and your wonderful blog!

  2. onespoiledcat December 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas to you Annie and ALL the wonderful people associated with Animal Couriers. You have helped families stay together, helped start NEW families with adopted pets, and in general made the world a happier place. We are so sorry that Jim has joined his brother Jules because it’s always hard to lose a friend or frequent traveler but especially this time of year. Here’s to a magical holiday for you and yours AND another great year ahead!

    Love and Hugs, Pam and Teddy

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you Pam and Teddy. It has been a full year of getting pets and people to where they need to be. We were very sad to see Jim go off to join Jules. They were a dear couple of chaps.

  3. Lavinia Ross December 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the Animal Couriers team, Annie. May you have a wonderful year ahead.

    I am sorry for the loss of your old feline friend Jim, and his brother Jules before that. It is a hard time of year to to see our friends depart for the Rainbow Bridge.

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      And you know just what it’s like having lost Willow so recently. Hope your Christmas was as merry as it could be and here’s to a productive 2019 for you, the cats, the garden and the vines!

  4. Curt Mekemson December 24, 2018 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your great team of couriers, Annie. –Curt

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Curt, think they might just be recovered now 😉 and ready for whatever 2019 brings! Trust you and Peggy have had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all good things for the new year.

  5. tootlepedal December 24, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    A happy Christmas to you and all your patient couriers.

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks. Wishing you and Mrs T a productive 2019, on the bike and in the garden.

  6. thecontentedcrafter December 25, 2018 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Happy Christmas one and all! <3

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by your beautiful creations. Here’s to 2019 giving you yet more inspiration.

  7. evilsquirrel13 December 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas!

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Hope the squirrels bring yet more fun and games in 2019…

  8. Clowie December 26, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

    • Animalcouriers December 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks Clowie! Hope the weather has been good on the walk and treat front! Happy New Year to you all.

  9. Sheila Morris December 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Alas, we bid Gentleman Jim a sad farewell from across the pond, too. Always sad to lose a faithful passenger…

  10. kkessler833 December 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Great post! Love the photographs!

  11. Lynda January 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I missed you for Christmas and did not want to let New yea’s day get by without saying how much I appreciate you, and your coworkers, hard work for all the animals (and their owners) who trust in your care.
    Happy New Year to you and all! <3

  12. BellaDharma's LadyMew January 4, 2019 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Thanx fore sharin yore Kissmas photoess Miss annie!! You an yore Currierss went all over THE place!! Yore so lucky to bee abill to travel….
    An mee bowss mee head fore Jim Tuxxydo. Hee sure was a furry handsum man cat. Mee an LadyMew send *purrsss* an purrayerss to Miss Faith.
    Yore frend, BellaDharma

  13. angelswhisper2011 January 11, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmastime and New Year too✨ So sorry about the loss of your old furriend Jim. It teared us up reading about himFly free beautiful SoulSoft Pawkisses for the occassion

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