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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...

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

Pet of the week: The Staffordshire bull terrier

It's hard to imagine a more maligned breed than the SBT. Originally bred in the 17th century as working dogs, from the word go Staffies were used for fighting. Sadly, dog fighting still exists and is one of the reasons why so many of them are abandoned. To depict them as a vicious breed, however, couldn't be further from the truth...

Your Questions: How do I stop my one-year-old female bulldog biting my shoes?

Q. I have a one-year-old female bulldog, who has recently taken to biting my shoes when we are in the park and I'm on the mobile. She can be slightly aggressive and I'm starting to get worried and a bit annoyed. How do I stop her? Susan, London

Pet Of The Week: The Southdown sheep

We've embraced the urban chicken and the micro pig... now it's time to consider the domestic sheep. OK, so it's probably not suited to a one-bed city flat, but, with sheep numbers having halved in the UK in the past 20 years – due in part to us using less wool – it's about time we gave them some attention.

Victoria Summerley: Our emotions are not so very far from those of our pets

If you're not a pet owner, it's easy to dismiss the idea of dog psychology as a symptom of a 21st-century obsession with psychobabble. But, as most vets will tell you, understanding the way the canine mind works is the key to preventing the sort of anti-social behaviour that leads to a dog being labelled aggressive.

Your Questions: 'How do I stop my kitten chewing on electric cables?

Q. I have a three-month-old kitten who keeps chewing on electric cables. I don't know how to stop him and I am becoming really worried. Could he actually get electrocuted? Sue, Berkshire

Your Questions: 'Is it safe to buy a dog online?'

Q. Finally, I'm in a position to own my first dog. I've been doing lots of research on the internet and I was thinking about buying one online. But is this a safe thing to? Do I have to do any checks on the breeders? Joanne, Dartford

Pet of the week: The Shetland pony

Hello – this looks like something out of a Thelwell cartoon ...

Your Questions: 'How can I get my cat into a carrier?

Q. I read one of your columns about a dog being fearful about going to the vet. My problem is slightly different but along the same lines. I can't get my cat into the carrier, which makes it impossible for us to go to the vet. Can you help?

Pet of the Week: The Tibetan terrier

Who could this possibly be? The Tibetan terrier, a wise and friendly companion dog. For centuries he has been bred in the Himalayas as a general all-round utility hound for herdsmen and monks alike. Don't be fooled by the name – he is not a terrier at all. Rather, think of him as more of an Old English Sheepdog in stature.

Your Questions: 'How would I cope with a three-legged dog?'

Q. I have been longing for a dog for a long time, so we went to our local rescue centre and found a gorgeous puppy! We couldn't wait to get her home, but then the centre rang and said there was something wrong with one of her legs and that it would have to be amputated. I don't know if I can cope with a three-legged dog…

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