Animalcouriers headed for Greece to meet cats and dogs travelling to the UK. Beautiful blue skies and bright spring sunshine greeted us as we disembarked from the ferry in Patras. The next day, we were in Athens to meet the delightful dogs and cats travelling with us from Greece to the UK.
Buddy, Star and Elsa
These three gorgeous hounds from Lemnos and Lesvos are travelling with us for Starlight Barking Trust. New homes await them in the UK.
Handsome, inscrutable Shiba Inu Hugo turns heads everywhere we go. Police and customs officers in Greece and Italy asked about him, and we could probably have found him about six new homes by now! He is, however, the much loved pet of Andreas, who left Greece to work in London and can’t wait for Hugo to arrive.
Splendid Boxer / Pointer cross Koudra belongs to Anna, who’s moved to London for work. Now her beloved dog is joining her. Anna’s parents have been caring for Koudra and told us they will miss her very much. They’re hoping to visit Anna and Koudra very soon.
Spots, Smudge and Safi
This fine feline trio belong to Arlene. They’re relocating with her from Crete to Derbyshire.
Tufty, Ena, Thea and Won Kei
Cath brought her four adorable kittens — one ginger boy and three tortie girls — to join our trip. While living in Greece, Cath was adopted by a local feral cat, who promptly gave birth to these four! Won Kei is so named because she was a bit wobbly on her feet as a baby.
Cath is now relocating to the UK and taking the four youngsters with her. Mum is too feral to adapt to travelling and life in London, so Cath has arranged for her to be sterilised and cared for in situ.
Friendly fellow Marco belongs to Gill and Tom, who’ve relocated to Surrey. Marco stayed at Chris’s Animal Hotel, where our friend Akis, who operates a pet taxi service, collected him.
Orhidea and Ramzes
A pair of simply stunning Forest cats, Orhidea and Ramzes belong to Katja, who’s relocated to the UK from Corfu.
From Greece to Italy
From Athens we headed to Patras to board our pre-booked crossing to Italy, but the ferry waiting for us wasn’t the one we were expecting. It had no open deck to allow our passengers a well ventilated ride, so we couldn’t take it. We were offered an alternative crossing 24 hours later, but that wasn’t possible for us as the pets had started their journey.
So we motored to Igoumenitsa where we were able to board a ferry to Brindisi. It was a very windy crossing on the Adriatic, with gale force winds forecast, but none of us — pets or couriers — noticed. Everyone slept well and arrived in Italy feeling refreshed. We’re now making up time as best we can.
Tito, Pippi and Mimi
This fabulous feline trio are exchanging southern Italy for Gloucester, relocating with owner Serena. They’re a very friendly and relaxed group who get on well together.
In Rome we called in to collect cute Yorkshire Terrier Chloe. Owner Gaby, who’s gone on ahead to Kent, told us that Chloe is sweet, kind, active, friendly and playful, and loves cuddles. Which turned out to be a perfect description of this little girl!
Lots of good people working together for animal care.
It’s a great community of animal support. So many people doing good.
Beautiful dog and cat portraits. The photo of Chloe in the wind is precious. The photo in Mentana brings back good memories from the month we spent in Rome and central Italy almost 20 years ago.
Courier M took some super photos on this trip. Mentana might not be quite what you remember — sadly heaving with very loud tourists.
I find myself smiling as always after reading your posts – wonderful, wonderful, images of the animals and their owners, the couriers and the European countryside!
Thank you for sharing!! Safe travels.
Thanks Sheila, it’s a very photogenic passenger list and great countryside.
With just one look, ya gotta love our furry friends!!!
Excited to see my Baby Chloe soon. Thank you for taking care of her…xxx Gaby xxx
Hi Gaby, we’re having a super time with Chloe! Had fun and games trying to get photos of her — standing still isn’t her forte 😀
What a marvelous bunch on this trip! Hard, nay impossible to pick any favorites! Given this incredible mix of passengers with all their varying needs, not to mention kinks (ferry mishaps) thrown into the journey. It’s amazing how y’all seem to take it in stride.
Our job is to expect the unexpected!
There are some lovely cats and dogs on this trip.Safe journey!
And courier M took some great pics!
wow chloe looks like a super model! we wish your passengers a good journey and a warm welcome in da UK :O)
She certainly has the moves and the outfits!
My goodness……so many travelers going to or coming from new adventures…..traveling with Animal Couriers looks like fun and like being with family. That’s why everyone has happy faces!
Hugs, Pam and Teddy
Thanks Pam and Teddy! They are off for new adventures and seem happy about it.
Beautiful pics of some great looking cats and dogs!
Thanks, there were some very photogenic passengers!
Such beautiful pictures, Annie and what a sweet adorable bunch of passengers, and a Super Star…what else do we needPawkisses for a wonderful day and a safe travel ahead
Yup, we’ve got the lot!
sweet doggies, kitties
and helpful peoples 🙂
The perfect combination!