Couriers Glenn and Shane travelled to the Greek island of Lemnos to collect 14 gorgeous dogs heading to new homes in the UK.
On the way, they delivered a fabulous pair of Ragdoll kittens in Italy, and a chatty cockatiel in Athens.
Doris and Zoe, bred by Inese Perova in the UK, travelled with us to new owner Fang Liu in Milan
Cockatiel Louis, who travelled with us from London, waiting to board the ferry with us to Athens
Our ferry from Italy to Greece
Couriers Glenn and Shane with some of the lovely Lemnos shelter workers
Getting to know the Animalcouriers van
The sea off Lemnos
Meet our 14 passengers from Lemnos
The dogs travelled with us on behalf of Starlight Barking Trust.
Friendly brother and sister Timon and Pumba
Dear little Shorty
Radou looking expectant
Adorable Goofy and Naya
A big grin from Naya
Beautiful Miranda. She was stolen from the shelter just before we arrived. Following a massive search for her, she was mysteriously returned….we were lucky to have her on board.
Lively pair Frosty and Charlie
Gorgeous Chicco gets a goodbye hug
Our journey from Lemnos to the UK
The ferry we were due to catch from Lemnos to mainland Greece was cancelled, so we spent a night in a hotel, where the owners were quite amused by our taking 14 dogs for walks around the grounds!
After a late crossing the next day, we reached Chris’s Animal Hotel near Athens at about midnight. Christine was amazing — she opened up her kennels for the dogs, gave them food and water, got them walked and settled them in for a good rest.
We set off the next day, sailing from Greece to Italy, and then on by road through the Mont Blanc tunnel and into France. Once at Calais, we boarded the ferry to Dover.
The ferry from Lemnos to the Greek mainland
Wonderful views from our hotel near Chambéry in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France
The hotel — one of our favourites — has its own grounds and is a super safe environment for the dogs
Long queues at Calais as we waited to board our ferry to the UK
Delivering the dogs to their UK homes
Miranda at her new home in London
Looks like she’s in for a lifetime of cuddles!
Happy Chicco with Francesca in Wales
What a lovely beach for Chicco to enjoy
Timon looking comfortable with Imogen on the Wirral
Pumba at her new home with Suzanne in Hertfordshire
Serafina at her new home in Lincolnshire with Carol
Frosty looking very at home with Tracey in Northamptonshire
Frosty settled in for a few zeds
Rumi at his new home in Devon.
Rumi’s owner wrote to say: “‘Lovely and settled! He’s so relaxed, it’s amazing after that journey and it must be down to you guys making it as calm as possible for them. I thought he would be a quivering wreck!!! Thank you — we are about to go for a sunny explore on Woolacombe Beach.”
And here’s Rumi enjoying Woolacombe Beach
Naya and Goofy getting to know their pug sibling in Berkshire
Kemal in West Sussex, where his new home is with Carol
Kemal loving his new bed