With many pets’ trips having been held up owing to the pandemic, we had couriers setting off in two vans on tandem trips heading to France, Spain and Portugal. Courier Glenn headed straight off, while couriers Ricardo and Paul made an early detour to the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey.

To Jersey with puppies

We took the ferry from Poole to Jersey, where we delivered two puppies to their families.

Leaving Poole harbour

Leaving Poole harbour

Approaching St Helier port, Jersey. In the distance you can see Elizabeth Castle, which dates back to the 16th century.

Approaching St Helier port, Jersey. In the distance you can see Elizabeth Castle, which dates back to the 16th century.

This little French Bulldog puppy's journey started in West Sussex

This little French Bulldog puppy’s journey started in West Sussex

A closer look at this cutie-pie

A closer look at this cutie-pie

The Harpers thrilled to see their pup again on Jersey

The Harpers thrilled to see their pup again on Jersey

This gorgeous Cockerpoo puppy received a warm Jersey welcome

This gorgeous Cockerpoo puppy received a warm Jersey welcome

A quick stop in France

From Jersey we sailed to St Malo, then headed to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine in western France.

An unbelievably blue sky greeted us as we pulled into St Malo

An unbelievably blue sky greeted us as we pulled into St Malo

In Blanzay, the Griffins were waiting for their beloved cats, Tosh and Tia, who travelled with us from Birmingham

In Blanzay, the Griffins were waiting for their beloved cats, Tosh and Tia, who travelled with us from Birmingham

Passing through Spain

In Spain we had the pleasure of reuniting dogs, cats and a rather delightful rabbit with their owners.

Dear Pompom, a Pomeranian, travelled with his chums Laska and Cassius from Hertfordshire to Catalonia, where Nicole was waiting

Dear Pompom, a Pomeranian, travelled with his chums Laska and Cassius from Hertfordshire to Catalonia, where Nicole was waiting

Midi is a splendid Toy Black Lionhead rabbit, who relocated with us from London to Girona to rejoin owner Alexandra

Midi is a splendid Toy Black Lionhead rabbit, who relocated with us from London to Girona to rejoin owner Alexandra

Adorable Coquito and Louie from London reached Madrid, where Laura and partner were over the moon to see them again

Adorable Coquito and Louie from London reached Madrid, where Laura and partner were over the moon to see them again

Gorgeous Labradoodle Skyler and Briard Hank travelled from Ayrshire...

Gorgeous Labradoodle Skyler and Briard Hank travelled from Ayrshire…

...to Valencia, where Gill and Brendan rolled out the red carpet for them

…to Valencia, where Gill and Brendan rolled out the red carpet for them

Reaching Portugal

Our final happy reunions took place under gorgeous Portuguese skies.

The Camaras were delighted to see their Jack Russell Terriers, Luciano, Sophia and Coco again

The Camaras were delighted to see their Jack Russell Terriers, Luciano, Sophia and Coco again

This charming trio travelled with us from Jersey to Torres Vedras

This charming trio travelled with us from Jersey to Torres Vedras

Lively Ted, who travelled with us from Surrey, could hardly contain his excitement at being reunited with owner Luis in Sintra

Lively Ted, who travelled with us from Surrey, could hardly contain his excitement at being reunited with owner Luis in Sintra

Delightful Bengal cat Zusski made the journey with us from London to the Algarve

Delightful Bengal cat Zusski made the journey with us from London to the Algarve

Smiles all round as Zusski is reunited with owner Imola

Smiles all round as Zusski is reunited with owner Imola

We brought lovely Labs Breeze and Purdey from West Yorkshire to Loule, where Simon was waiting for them

We brought lovely Labs Breeze and Purdey from West Yorkshire to Loule, where Simon was waiting for them