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Wilson and Derek, our UK-bound VIPs from Greece

We have a crew of splendid pets travelling with us from Greece to the UK. Among them are Wilson and Derek from Lesvos, who flew into Athens to join the trip. Both dogs are rescues with remarkable back stories — and both now have wonderful new homes, too. Wilson and Derek ready for take-off from Lesvos Wilson Wilson has been in the care of Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Cat and Dog Adoptions for more than six months. When she rescued him, it was clear he'd suffered damage to one of his front legs, and sadly it's of little use to [...]

By |2016-11-29T14:14:00+00:00Tuesday, November 29, 2016|animal rescue, sponsor an animal, things we like|8 Comments

Reunions in Spain for Cloud, Dory and Kurco, and we enjoy a night on the Camino de Santiago

Animalcouriers spent the night just outside the southern French town of Narbonne, where the dogs enjoyed countryside walks. Cloud enjoying a morning walk in Narbonne Dory also enjoyed a morning walk alongside a vineyard Misty gets a cuddle from courier M Here's Kurco with an exceptionally waggy tail! After walks and breakfast, we set off for the north-western Spanish city of Santander, to reunite little Westie Cloud with Jose. A very happy Cloud, with an equally happy Jose We then headed to Vigo, where Patrick and Saehee very kindly met [...]

UK reunions for Honey from Italy; and Buddy and Lucy from Greece

Before we set off on our next trip to southern Europe, we thought we'd share some happy UK reunion stories. Honey travelled with Animalcouriers from Italy, where she lived with Julia, to her new home in Nottingham with Julia's friends Pauline and Steve, and their dog Rollo. Pauline wrote to tell us how it's going: "Honey has settled in well with Rollo, who has accepted her with good grace (I think Honey might just be very slightly 'top dog'). She and Rollo walk well together, and have met up with some of our other doggy friends! They haven't fallen out [...]

By |2016-10-17T10:49:28+01:00Saturday, December 5, 2015|animal rescue, reunited, things we like|12 Comments

Zigg, Rikki, Shelley and Louis join our trip; and we enjoy an authentic Portuguese dining experience with old friends

In Faro Animalcouriers met up with Nuno and his dog Zigg. Nuno's girlfriend has already moved to London, and now it's Zigg's turn to make the journey. Nuno will follow on soon. Both Nuno and his girlfriend are moving for work. We were pleased to have the chance to call in on Heather and Alan, old friends of ours who run Barking Mad Kennels near Lagos. They've been looking after Rikki, a holiday romance for Sandy. Sandy found stray Rikki while on holiday in the area — she'd been injured in an accident. Sandy decided to adopt Rikki, and asked [...]

Leaving the UK with Myrtle, Oscar, Smokey, Izzie, Tinks, Aslan, Dexter, JJ, Penny, Leonard, Lola, Spike, Muppet and Boo — and learning all about prunes and Armagnac

Animalcouriers left the UK with a fine set of passengers on board, all heading to mainland European destinations. Fiona and Nicholas have moved from Winchester to the Bergerac area of France. They went on ahead and left their glamorous black Pug, Myrtle, in the tender car of Nell Parry at Willowmead Cottage Kennels, which is where we collected her for the journey. Friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Oscar is travelling with us to Torrox in Spain. This Geordie fellow has set himself up as the one-man welcoming committee for all the other pets joining our trip, greeting everyone with a [...]

Collecting Billie, Sammy, Demetri, Randall and Hector on Lesvos

To collect the first passengers for our UK-bound trip, Animalcouriers took the ferry to the island of Lesvos, where we had a very interesting visit to the Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Agia Paraskevi. The museum was originally a cooperative oil mill set up in 1911, under communitarian principles, to help small olive oil producers. The olives were pressed and the oil handed back to the growers, who could then go to market and could compete with the big boys and get a fair price for their small amount of oil. The mill was eventually closed down in [...]

Collecting UK-bound pets in Portugal and Spain: Rafa, Meiow Meiow, Ziollo and Q

Having reunited all the pets who travelled with us from the UK with their owners, Animalcouriers turned around and set off on the UK-bound leg of the trip. The first passenger to get on board was Rafa, who's been living near Faro in Portugal with his owner Rosemary. Now it's time for them both to go back to the UK. Rafa is going on ahead, and will stay with friends in Cornwall until Rosemary arrives. In Spain we met up with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo just outside the cement works at Manilva. Owner Sue has gone on ahead to the [...]

Ginger-and-white Whiskey from Rome joins our journey to the UK

Animalcouriers drove from Athens to the port of Igoumenitsa to catch the ferry to the Italian port of Brindisi. We then headed to Rome to meet Gennaro and his cat Whiskey. Gennaro has lived all his life around Rome and Naples but now, at 90 years young, is off to live with his son and his partner, Irene, in the UK. Whiskey is going on ahead, and will be waiting to greet Gennaro when he arrives. Whiskey was all ready for the off when we called in to collect him from Gennaro A closer look [...]

From reunions in Stoupa to Athens, to meet Pouca the cat

When Animalcouriers reached Greece by ferry from Italy, our first stop was Stoupa, to reunite cats Mr Pickles and Douglas, and dogs Murphy and Twiglet with Sharon. Overnight accommodation in the area is a bit sparse at this time of year but we were lucky enough to end up in a rather nice little cottage. With the weather howling and storming outside, we took advantage of the open fire which had been laid ready for us. Along with the firewood was a plastic bag full of amazingly effective firelighters — pieces of cardboard soaked in olive oil. Sacrilege! we hear [...]

Collecting Blair and Putin in Germany for their trip to the UK

At much the same time as couriers J and M reached Greece, courier S found herself in rather exalted company in Berlin. Blair and Putin have been living in this fine capital city for a couple of months while their passports and travel arrangements were finalised. With promises of a large garden and fresh west country air to look forward to at their new UK home, these two cats are anticipating good times ahead. They're proving the perfect travel companions, sharing a hotel room with courier S last night and everyone enjoying snacks in bed. This morning they'll cross to [...]

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