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Chickens, the productive pet, win a role in the new good life

Why did the chicken cross the road? To reach the back garden, where it is fast establishing itself as one of the country's favourite pets.

Pet of the week: The Mini Lop

For those of you who have marvelled at the Dwarf Lop's compact form, meet its even more gadget-sized baby brother, the Mini Lop. In a world that values size reduction without the loss of essential functionality (in this case, twitchy nose, floppy ears, cute, hoppity motion), the Mini Lop is the teeny-tiny bun that packs a lot of fun

Your Questions: 'Do I need to "crate train" my puppy?'

I'm getting a puppy soon and have been reading up on training. One idea I can't get my head around is 'crate training'. Do I need to do it? I was wondering if you could give me a bit more advice. Leonard, South London

Your Questions: 'How can I ensure my rat doesn't jump out of the window?'

Q. I had a lovely hamster who used to roam around my flat. Last time he disappeared, I found out that he had jumped out of my second-floor window. I've bought a rat now and want to ensure it doesn't happen again. Have you got any advice? Laura, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The Frog Beetle

Beetles are quite fascinating members of the insect world. There are more than 350,000 different types of beetle, more than any other species on the planet, and they are crucial to the life cycle of their natural habitats. They may be small, but they have a huge impact on life on earth.

Big names 'paws' for thought

Tracey Emin, John Barrowman, Dame Vera Lynn and Ronnie Corbett are just some of the big names 'lending a paw' to raise money for the Cats Protection feline welfare charity.

The pet detectives

Dawn raids and undercover operations are all in a day's work for the police. But these officers aren't chasing robbers, they're saving animals. By Rob Sharp

Win a memorable Husky riding experience for two

The leaves are falling, the nights are closing in and the shop displays are lighting up. It can only mean one thing: Christmas is in the air!

Your Questions: Why won't my Corgie let me groom him?

Q. I have an eight-month-old male neutered Corgie and I have a real problem trying to groom him. He won't let me touch his paws or clean his eyes and last week he growled at me. I'm worried and I'd like to get on top of the situation. Mark, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The Syrian hamster

Undeniably cute with his twitchy whiskers, pouchy cheeks and shining eyes, it's easy to see how the hamster has snuggled his way to our hearts. Unlike Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny, the hamster has never needed an animated alter-ego equivalent to do the talking for him. Not unless you count Richard Hammond...

Drunken dog owner jailed for animal's bridge death

The owner of a dog found hanging from a bridge where it was left chained up was jailed for 10 weeks today.

Win tickets to Your Horse Live 2010

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Stars pose with their dogs for charity

Dog-loving celebrities have posed with their pets as part of a special exhibition to raise money for the charity Guide Dogs.

RSPCA in rehoming plea after 'unprecedented' influx of animals

Playful Ridgeback cross Buster only has three legs and is desperate to be rehomed after an animal centre reached its full capacity.

Your Questions: 'Should I keep my six-month-old kitten indoors during Halloween and bonfire night?'

Q. This will be the first winter with our six-month-old kitten. Is it true that you have to keep him indoors and away from all the fun of Halloween and bonfire night? Or can he join in the fun with us? Claire, Essex

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