Couriers J and M recently made a couple of short trips with dogs from France and Italy. On one trip, there was the drama of a baby squirrel rescue. And in parallel, courier Trevor transported a duck and his owner from the UK to France.

Baby squirrel rescue

Courier M found a stunned-looking baby squirrel by the road outside our hotel, in danger of being run over.

Short trips with dogs : Stunned by the side of the road

Stunned by the side of the road

Realising it had probably fallen out of a nest in a tree, he scooped it up in a clean cat litter tray, where it soon came round

Realising it had probably fallen out of a nest in a tree, he scooped it up in a clean cat litter tray, where it soon came round

With some gentle encouragement from courier M, the baby squirrel clambered back up the tree, apparently none the worse for wear

With some gentle encouragement from courier M, the baby squirrel clambered back up the tree, apparently none the worse for wear

Poppea and Picoleone, 2 dogs from Italy to London

Our first stop was to collect Rosemary and Robert’s delightful pair of Shih-tzus for their journey from Todi in Umbria to London.

Short trips with dogs : Poppea and Picoleone (Poppa and Pico to their friends)

Poppea and Picoleone (Poppa and Pico to their friends)

Todi looking very glamorous by night

Todi looking very glamorous by night

Beautiful stone-walled houses

Beautiful stone-walled houses

We love these crunchy Italian pastries β€” sfogliatelia

We love these crunchy Italian pastries β€” sfogliatelia

A bit of time in Nice

On our way to Monaco to meet Muffin, we spent a night in Nice.

We strolled with Poppa and Pico through the town

We strolled with Poppa and Pico through the town

Short trips with dogs : What a charming and well behaved pair!

What a charming and well behaved pair!

We all enjoyed walking on the promenade and watching the bathers

We all enjoyed walking on the promenade and watching the bathers

Bathers at the Nautical Club

Bathers at the Nautical Club

Club Med cruise ship setting off from the harbour

Club Med cruise ship setting off from the harbour

Dramatic sunset

Dramatic sunset

Muffin, a dog from Monaco to England

Darling Maltipoo Muffin belongs to Marina, who is Gustav Mahler’s granddaughter. She is rightly proud of her grandfather, and refers to Muffin as his great grandchild!

Like his family, Muffin splits his time between homes in Monaco and London. Over coffee with Marina, we collected Muffin for his journey to London.

Short trips with dogs : Marina and Muffin

Marina and Muffin

Muffin enjoying the splendid view from the 9th floor

Muffin enjoying the splendid view from the 9th floor

As did we!

As did we!

Short trips with dogs : On the way back, we stopped at a Logis overnight, where Muffin enjoyed being royally spoiled by the staff as well as by us

On the way back, we stopped at a Logis overnight, where Muffin enjoyed being royally spoiled by the staff as well as by us

Duke a dog from Italy to Wales

Cocker Spaniel Duke and Teckel Blue were both due to travel with us on earlier trips, but problems with paperwork meant they both got held up.

We caught up with Duke in Tuscany for his journey to Wrexham in Wales and a reunion with owner Carole.

What a gorgeous fellow Duke is

What a gorgeous fellow Duke is

Short trips with dogs : Duke ensconced in his bedroom in our van with all his favourite toys

Duke ensconced in his bedroom in our van with all his favourite toys

Duke enjoying a lakeside walk

Duke enjoying a lakeside walk

Blue, a dog from Switzerland to the UK

From Italy we travelled on to Lausanne in Switzerland to collect Teckel Blue for his road trip to the UK.

A view over Lac Leman, which straddles the French-Swiss border

A view over Lac Leman, which straddles the French-Swiss border

We encountered changeable weather, as you can see from these glowering skies over the lake

We encountered changeable weather, as you can see from these glowering skies over the lake

Birds large and small at the water's edge

Birds large and small at the water’s edge

Ducks on the water

Ducks on the water

This butterfly needed to dry its wings

This butterfly needed to dry its wings

A view down to the town

A view down to the town

Short trips with dogs : Happy hugs as Blue is reunited with his family in the UK

Happy hugs as Blue is reunited with his family in the UK

Wade, a duck from the UK to France

Wade (geddit?) the duck is a returning Animalcouriers client. We collected him in the Savoie region of France a few years ago for his journey to the UK. So when owner Suzanne was planning her return to France, she contacted us about transporting Wade again.

Because of the changes in border regulations since Wade last travelled with us, we decided the simplest course of action was for Suzanne to accompany him (and his elaborate paperwork) on the journey.

A delighted Suzanne with Wade, on their safe arrival at their French destination

A delighted Suzanne with Wade, on their safe arrival at their French destination

A closer look at handsome Wade

A closer look at handsome Wade