channel hopping

Channel hopping with Fidji and Mylo

Jack Russell Terrier Fidji belongs to French couple Sophie and Mathieu, who live in London and spent the Easter break with family in Paris. On their frequent trips to and from Paris, they usually drive Fidji themselves, but this time Mathieu returned to London ahead of the rest of the family. With her two young daughters, Tara and Stella, to focus on, Sophie called Animalcouriers to transport Fidji. Fidji is quite a character dog and, true to her breed, she was watching every mouthful of lunch the girls were eating when courier Richard arrived. Tara (seated) with her younger [...]

By |2018-04-26T10:07:12+00:00Thursday, April 26, 2018|channel hopping, pet transport|12 Comments

Two Channel hops: four cats and two dogs

Courier Richard recently made two Channel hops, collecting four cats on the first one, and two dogs on the second. Spike, Basta, Cleo and Korky This fab feline quartet hail from the Lot et Garonne. After 20 happy years in France, where the cats have enjoyed a wonderfully rural location, owner Janet and her husband are moving back to the UK to live in Cornwall. Spike, Basta and Cleo consented grudgingly to join our road trip, while Korky did all he could to avoid it completely. Stunning furry Cleo Beautiful grey Basta Handsome tabby Spike [...]

By |2017-10-30T19:14:21+00:00Monday, October 30, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport, pet travel by road|9 Comments

Transporting cats from France to the UK

Courier Richard recently made a couple of trips transporting cats from France to the UK. Grizzly Grizzly (so named because as a kitten he looked like a little bear) and his family have swapped Marseille for London. Owners Jane and Ian had to leave Marseille before Grizzly could travel, so they asked their neighbour Eric to take care of him. But Grizzly must have heard we were on our way, because he disappeared! Jane flew to Marseille in the hope of luring him back, but there was no sign of him. So our courier left empty handed. Fortunately, the second attempt [...]

By |2017-05-23T17:31:29+00:00Tuesday, May 23, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport|20 Comments

Roundup of news about recent passengers: Castor, Jim, Haricot, Rubble, Tara and Rocco

We have a few snippets of news about some recent passengers from our last trip round southern Europe. And just before couriers M and J set off on that trip, courier Richard did a quick channel hop to France to meet a young fellow called Castor. Castor It was a sunny Saturday in April when courier Richard popped over to the heart of Paris to collect Castor, a two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel‎. Castor, who belongs to Matthew, was a model passenger, jumping happily out of his bedroom for a walk, then hopping straight back in and snoozing his way up [...]

Pets travelling to and from Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden

Courier Richard recently undertook two whistlestop tours with pets travelling to and from Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. His first trip took in Berlin, The Hague and Schiphol airport. A few days later, he travelled to Denmark and Sweden, then home via Hamburg. Juno and Bob This stunning pair of Bengal cats travelled to Berlin, where owners Delia and Craig have relocated from Newcastle upon Tyne. Both cats were perfect — even regal — passengers. Snow marbled Juno Gold brown Bob Delia and Craig's sweet daughter Annabel was delighted to have her playmates back [...]

By |2017-04-17T15:31:44+00:00Monday, April 17, 2017|animal transportation, channel hopping, pet transport|26 Comments

When is VAT payable on pets entering the UK from outside the EU?

If you import a pet into the UK from a non-EU country, VAT may be payable on the pet's value. This isn't a new regulation, but since 1 April 2017 these VAT payments are being more rigorously enforced than before. This blog post gives an overview of the different criteria that mean you will or won't have to pay VAT. For more details, see the notice on www.gov.uk If you're moving to the UK from a non-EU country You won't have to pay VAT on the value of your pet when you arrive if you apply in advance for Transfer of Residence [...]

By |2017-04-03T09:47:18+00:00Monday, April 3, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport|20 Comments

A long trip north to the Orkneys; and a short hop across the Channel

Tybalt, from London to the Orkneys Sarah and her young family have moved from London to Westray, in the Orkney Islands, where Sarah is to be the head teacher of the local primary school. Sarah rang us last year for help with the challenging of moving the family's cat, Tybalt. There are no longer any flights to Orkney that take pets; the only route is by boat from Scotland to the main ports of Kirkwall and Stromness. Sarah's brother Will offered to take Tybalt with him when he went to visit; but researching the options for doing so stretched even [...]

By |2017-01-31T14:28:04+00:00Tuesday, January 31, 2017|channel hopping, pet transport|18 Comments

News of past passengers, and meeting new faces

We were pleased to receive updates on two rescue dogs: Lily, a recent passenger from Spain; and Sylvia, who travelled with us from Greece in the summer. Meanwhile, courier Richard has been out and about in Brussels and Paris; and couriers J and R have had a houseguest. Lily from Spain Lovely Lily, who travelled with us from Huelva, has a wonderful new home in Devon. Christine wrote to say: "Thank you for your help in transporting Lily to the UK. Here are a few photos of her enjoying herself on the beach." Lily romping with a [...]

10 dogs travel from Greece to the UK via Paris

Once couriers J and M had delivered little Cookie to her owners, they headed to Athens airport for courier J to board a flight to the Greek island of Lesvos. Her luggage consisted of eight extra-large travel boxes (dismantled) to accommodate 10 dogs from Lesvos and Lemnos heading to their new homes in the UK. Courier Joe flew out from the UK to help courier J with her charges.  Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions has been instrumental in rescuing, caring for, and finding new homes for most of these dogs. Travel for six of the dogs has been funded [...]

By |2016-10-29T17:42:37+00:00Saturday, October 29, 2016|animal rescue, channel hopping, pet air travel|14 Comments

Collecting puppy Marius, and Channel-hopping with Daniel and Walter

Courier Richard recently returned from a quick trip to France where he collected Bernese Mountain puppy Marius, and Daniel and his cat Walter. Marius Marius hails from Gézier et Fontenelay. This young pup was collected for Doreen in Colchester, whose previous much loved Bernese Mountain Dog passed away recently. Finding she couldn't be without one of these cuddly hounds, Doreen turned to her original breeder for a new puppy. Handsome young Marius Glorious chateau spotted along the way The tricolour proudly flying Walter On his way back to the UK from Marius's mountain home, [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:49:04+00:00Monday, October 3, 2016|channel hopping|14 Comments
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