When couriers J and M were ready to start their return journey to the UK with pets from the Nordics, the first passenger on board was adorable Cocker Spaniel Eva from Finland. She was soon joined by more gorgeous dogs and cats, as well as a delightful pair of guinea pigs.
Our hotel in Finland offered appropriate entertainment for its guests!
Eva, a dog from Finland to Wiltshire
At just eight months old, American Cocker Spaniel Eva is already a champion. Her journey from Ylamylly in Finland was delayed by pandemic-related travel restrictions, but young Eva was finally on her way to new owner Michael, a big fan of this breed.
Eva with her breeder Tanjo
Every inch a winner!
pets from the Nordics : Much excitement on a lakeside walk
We visited the Finnish village of Fiskars, the picturesque home of useful implements for home and garden
All aboard the ferry from Finland to Sweden
With Eva safely on board, the first step in our homeward journey was a ferry from south-west Finland to Sweden.
On our way to the port, we passed through the town where Kone lifts are manufactured
Eva shared a cabin with us on the ferry
Glorious views as the sea meets the sky
We would love to have explored all these little islands!
Nova, Ninya and Neh’h, 3 cats from Sweden to Kent
This charming feline trio joined us in the Swedish town of Norrkoping for their journey to Kent and a reunion with owner Jeannine.
We collected the cats from a delightful cattery run by Marie
Super tabby Ninya
Poor Neh’h has a small abscess on his head but it was already healing nicely as we set off
Nova’s turn for a goodbye hug from Marie
Ash, a dog from Sweden to the UK
We stopped off in Ramsberg to collect young Ash, a wolf hybrid dog travelling to the UK. Ash is an f6 — a sixth generation hybrid, bred through by Anna from f4 (4th generation).
Anna is a world-class breeder of wolf hybrid dogs
Anna’s dog Kaisa checked out Ash’s bedroom in our van
The bedroom passed muster — so here’s Ash ready for the off
Gentle fellow Ash enjoying a morning walk. We love his markings!
A historic interlude in Kungälv
We spent the night just north of Gothenburg in Kungälv, a village brimming with history and old houses.
There was even a castle, whose location was once on the border between Norway and Sweden, watched over by the Gote River
A view over the river. We had lovely dog walks along the banks.
Our hotel was in this building. This old photo shows it when it was a bustling meeting place and trading point.
The village square really took our eye, with its colourful buildings that date back to the 17th century
The village church as dusk was falling
Pretty, a cat from Sweden to Scotland
Dave brought his mum’s cat Pretty to our hotel this morning. Mum Margaret lives in Glasgow and often visits Dave in Gothenburg, bringing her cat with her. Pretty is on her way back to Glasgow with us.
Dave arrives with Pretty
Pretty certainly lives up to her name!
A puppy from Sweden to London
A handsome puppy, whose owner hasn’t yet chosen a name, joined us in Almestad.
Our youngest passengers, the Bulldog pup and American Cocker Eva, enjoyed meeting on their walk
Ziggy, a dog from Sweden to Northern Ireland
Lovely Lab Ziggy also joined our trip near Gothenburg, travelling with us to Belfast for a reunion with owner James.
Ziggy’s owners had travelled on ahead, so we collected him from Jimmie, who’d been looking after Ziggy at his boarding kennels
Driving through Partille near Gothenburg, we spotted these amazingly decorated buildings
They were part of Artscape 2019, Scandinavia’s biggest street art festival
Sparkle Heart and Nigel, 2 guinea pigs from Sweden to Surrey
These wonderfully named guinea pigs boarded the bus in Älmhut in Sweden, ready to travel to Reigate in Surrey.
Alice introducing courier M to her precious guinea pigs
Once Sparkle Heart and Nigel were settled in, Alice came to say goodbye and see you soon
Sparkle Heart has wonderful fur
Nigel — aka Go Go — because he’s a speedy mover!
A stop-off in the Netherlands
We stopped in the Netherlands to walk dogs and admire the scenery.
Ziggy enjoying a walk near Otterlo
A reminder of Otterlo’s history. It turns out that the father of courier R was stationed in Otterlo during WW2 when he served in the Canadian Army.
A novel use for an old bicycle
A classic Dutch scene
Meetings and reunions
On reaching the UK our couriers lost no time in reuniting pets with their families.
James was over the moon when Ziggy arrived with courier Ryan
Eva received a very warm welcome from Michael