Animalcouriers travelled to Greece with a canary, and back to the UK with cats and dogs, all of whom will be with their families in time for Christmas.
Paris, a canary from London to Greece
We were pleased to have little canary Paris on board for company during the journey from the UK to Greece. Paris, who hailed from London, was our only passenger — much to the amazement of the port officials during border inspections!
Stavros, a cat from Greece to Scotland
Beautiful black puss Stavros kept us entertained with his antics. Just six months old, he was particularly active when breakfasts and suppers were being prepared — reaching out to help with what seemed to be unusually long paws! Stavros travelled with us to join Kirsten in Inverness-shire.
Bertie, a Labrador from Crete to Suffolk
Venerable Bertie was the senior passenger on our trip. This stately gent used to live on Crete with owner Theresa, but both are now relocating to Ipswich in Suffolk. Bertie proved a calming influence on some of the young tearaways we had on board!
Clyde, a dog from Crete to Clydebank
Handsome Samoyed Clyde also travelled from the Greek island of Crete. This joyous bundle of fur and fun enjoyed dragging courier Glenn hither and thither on his walks. Clyde travelled with us to rejoin owner Jeff in Scotland.
Hercules, a dog from Greece to Lancashire
Little Hercules is a mighty character. He’s great fun and very friendly with people and other dogs. He was adopted by Georgie while she was working in Greece, and now he’s on his way to rejoin her in Lancashire. Georgie tells us that Hercules was in quite a poor state when she found him, as he’s been shot twice (he still has a slight limp). He’s repaid Georgie’s care and kindness by becoming a lovely little dog.
Loki, a cat from Athens to Gloucestershire
Dear little Loki was lucky enough to be found by Andrea in Athens. He was in poor condition, thin and unwell, and with one missing and one damaged eye. Andrea took him home with her and nursed him back to health, but unfortunately his remaining eye couldn’t be saved. Now this friendly chap has been adopted by Mary in Gloucestershire, and travelled with us to join her at his new home.
Bono, a dog from Greece to London
Cocker Spaniel Bono belongs to Maria, who’s relocated from Athens to London. Maria’s parents have been taking care of Bono in the meantime, and were on hand to see him off. Bono is a gorgeous character and we can quite understand why they were rather sad to see him leave.
Dixie, a cat from Athens to London
Dixie combined a fine set of whiskers with splendid markings. She’s a strong personality who loves her food! She travelled with us to rejoin Vasiliki, who has moved from Athens to London for work.
Sabrina and Sila, two dogs from Lesvos to Scotland
Devoted sisters Sabrina and Sila started life on the Greek island of Lesvos. Now they’re on their way to live with Annette in Ayrshire, in Scotland. At first, they were somewhat shy and not used to walking on leads. They had us tied in knots in no time! It didn’t take long for them to master the art and really enjoy their walks.
Louisa, a dog from Lesvos to Cambridgeshire
Lively Louisa was found tied to the gate of a rescue centre in Greece. Although her background story was never discovered, it was clear she’d had puppies at some stage in her life. Now this gorgeous girl has been adopted by Christine in Peterborough. Louisa is a delight — busy and affectionate — and will make a wonderful companion.
Orpheus, a dog from Athens to Kent
Gentle Orpheus, a Greek Shepherd dog, is a quiet-natured fellow. Initially rather shy, he blossomed during the journey. He’s on his way to live with Moira in Kent, where he’ll notice a drop in temperature compared to Athens. But the rain and snow on our travels will have helped him to acclimatise.
Zeus, a cat from Greece to Wiltshire
Adorable ginger kitten Zeus was a trifle bewildered by the travelling lark at first. He soon gained in confidence, however, and became very companionable. His new home is with Gael in Malmesbury.
Burney, a dog from Greece to Glasgow
Handsome big hound Burney joined us in Greece, handed over by mother and daughter Elvira and Margarita. His journey takes him to Glasgow, as the family are relocating there. He soon settled in to life on the road, enjoying the changing landscapes and meeting our other canine travellers.
Clara, Odin and Theo, three dogs flying from Greece to the UK
While couriers M and Glenn made the trip by road and sea from Greece to the UK, courier J flew from Athens with Clara, Odin and Theo, three dogs from Lesvos.
We’re delighted that, thanks to our recent blog, Pointer Clara has a foster home in Scotland, pending a home check in Ayr.