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Pet Of The Week: The Papillon

How the RSPCA bites the hand that feeds it

When George Mason bequeathed a large chunk of his fortune to the animal charity, little did his brother think that they'd come back for a second helping. Chris Green reports

Yappy shoppers: Why Pets at Home is booming

With something for every animal, Pets at Home is booming in a dog-eat-dog world – and has been snapped up by a high-street behemoth. Jonathan Brown on why it's the cat's pyjamas

Portfolio: Dan Burn-Forti

'Animals'

Pet Of The Week: The Sphynx

Your Questions: How can I make my cat use his cat-flap?

Q. We recently moved to a flat that has a garden. Our flat has access to the garden through a cat flap, but my stupid cat won't use it! I have tried going out and calling him but he just stares at me blankly. How can I make him go through the cat flap? Dave, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The guppy

Your Questions: How can I make trips to the vet more pleasant for my dog?

Q. Is there anything I can do about the fact that my nine-month-old female Australian Shepherd hates going to the vet? I have to drag her in to the waiting room and to the consulting room. What can I do differently to make the trips to the vet more pleasant for both of us? Anita, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The sugar glider

Your Questions: How can I get my Lakeland terrier puppy to stop chewing everything?

Q. My Lakeland terrier puppy is into everything. Whatever he sees he chews and I can't seem to stop him! When I was getting something out of his mouth, I noticed that he had two canines on each side. Are puppies supposed to have two sets and how can I stop him from chewing everything in sight, including me? John, London

Pet of the week: The micro pig

Who are these little porkers?

They're micro pigs, and no, your eyes do not deceive you – they really are quite wee. Unlike pigs that are bred for bangers, micro pigs are kept as loving, adorable pets who are actively encouraged to stay small, typically reaching a height of about 16 inches. We can safely say that this is one little piggy that won't be going to market.

Your Questions: My dachshund doesn't like my housekeeper.

I have noticed something strange about my dachshund. I don't think he likes my housekeeper. He seems to be frightened of her, and I don't know why.

Jane, London

The 10 golden rules of pet care

With Christmas just around the corner, many families may be getting an extra addition in the form of a cuddly kitten or bouncing puppy.

Pet of the week: The rescue dog

Who's this lovely lady?

This is Claudia, a seven-year-old Collie who is currently enjoying a temporary sojourn at the Dogs Trust's centre in Kenilworth, but where she'd really like to be is in a safe and loving home.

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