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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.

Your Questions: My cat won't go outside and I don't know why

I recently moved house with my cat, Felix, and our new place has a garden. He won't go outside and I don't know why. How can I persuade him to get out and about?

Graham, via email

Cyberpets: All creatures great and virtual

They're cleaner, tamer and more obedient than real animals – and the newest cyber-pets are more 'life-like' than ever, says Toby Green

Your Questions: Is it ok to house a rabbit and a chinchilla together?

Q. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving in together. He has a rabbit and I have a chinchilla. All the places we've seen are quite small so to save on space we're thinking about housing them together. Would that be all right? Sharon, via e-mail

Your Questions: Why does my Bichon Frisé puppy hate having her paws touched?

Q. My Bichon Frisé puppy, Snowball, hates having her paws touched. Whenever I try to touch them she pulls them away and wiggles. I don't know why she does it and I need to be able to clean her feet. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can make her feel more comfortable about this? Margaret, via e-mail

Your Questions: Can cats get dandruff?

Q. My lovely black cat has started to get white flakes all over his fur. Could it be dandruff? Can cats get it? Benjamin, via e-mail

Pet Of The Week: The angora rabbit

Whoa! Is there an animal lurking inside all that fur? Oh yes. This week's furry friend is an angora rabbit. There are five different breeds of angora: English are the smallest; French are less fluffy and actually resemble rabbits (rather than large dusters); Germans are quite large and can be confused with Giants; Giants are the largest breed and the most efficient producers of fur; and Satins produce the softest fur by far. Got that?

100 years of dogs in Vogue

Forget diamonds – the ultimate fashion accessory of the last century had a tail and a wet nose. Now a book of historic Vogue shoots reveals how trends in dog ownership reflected women's lives. By Judith Watt

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: When the bite is worse than the bark

Let's not rush to shove a microchip into every dog in the country

Your Questions: 'How do I get rid of the stains under my maltese puppy's eyes?

Q. I have a beautiful eight-month-old female maltese. We're not having much trouble with her in terms of the usual puppy issues. However, the thing that we cannot seem to get right is the stains under her eyes. They are spoiling the look of her and making her face look dirty. Any suggestions about how to get rid of them? Nikki, via e-mail

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