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Pet of the week: The Goliath Birdeater

Who is this fearsome-looking beast? Theraphosa blondi, the largest mygalomorph there is, with a leg span equivalent to a small dinner plate (up to 12 inches). This is most definitely not an itsy-bitsy spider, climbing up the wall. In fact, he is so heavy that climbing up walls is probably not an option, being as he weighs more than your average mouse.

Your Questions: How can we stop our labrador stealing food from our plates?

Q. We have an 18-month-old chocolate Labrador and he is quite well behaved, but has one significant flaw. He likes food too much and when we are sitting at the table having dinner, he is there watching us, dribbling and trying to get the food. If we are not careful, he will steal from our plates. We don't know what to do. Help! Margaret, London

Pet of the week: The chinchilla

Who's this? It is a chinchilla, native of the Andes, and used to scraping a herbivorous living in pretty tough environments, so don't be fooled by the cute little ears and goofy teeth routine. He's a born survivor, so be prepared for him to live up to 15 years.

The Ten Best Dog Beds

Let your pooch sleep easy with this selection of dog beds.

Pet Of The Week: The Easter bunny

I tawt I taw a wabbit? You most certainly did. A Netherland Dwarf rabbit, no less. Small of body, frugal of ear size, hamsterish of jowl, with big eyes. If you wanted to conjure up the perfect Easter Bunny (out of a top hat, perhaps?) then you could do no worse than this whiskery nibbler. And he's got a lovely temperament, not like some rabbits which can show a bit of attitude.

Your Questions: My cat has abandoned me!

Q. My four-year-old cat, Nosey Parker, has abandoned me! We were getting along just fine, both of us leaving early in the morning and coming back in the early hours. But since I've moved, things have changed. He's taken up residence with my mother (when he only used to stay with her when I went on holidays). I've tried to keep him in, but as soon as he can get out he's off to my mum's. Stephen, Crystal Palace

Doga – that's meditation for mutts

Canine yoga craze hailed as opportunity for owners to bond with their pets

First person: 'I live with Britain's largest lizard'

Chris Weller, 62

Your Questions: Do rats make good pets and are they safe to keep indoors?

Q. I'm considering getting a small pet and I was thinking about a rat, but I'm worried about hygiene issues. Do they make good pets and are they safe to keep indoors? Hugo, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The puggle

Aaah, he's so cute. What type of dog is he? A puggle, the fashion-forward crossbreed du jour. First they brought you labradoodles, then it was cockapoos, and then there was the terrier crossed with a bulldog, known as a terribull. The puggle is the latest litter in an ever-growing kennel of crossbreeds. As with all things fashionable, one is left thinking, "Whatever next?"

Your Questions: 'I'm at my wits end with my pug'

Q. My partner and I own a lovely two-year-old pug. He was mine originally and when I moved in with my partner things started to change. He follows her everywhere, will not listen to anything I tell him to do, sleeps in our bed between us and hates it when we cuddle. I'm at my wits' end. Help! Chris, London

Your Questions: 'Should we take on a third puppy?'

Q. We recently bought a new male Yorkshire Terrier puppy to keep our five-year-old female Cavalier company. Everything is going well and they are settling in nicely together. The breeder asked us if we would consider taking on one of the other male puppies that has been returned to her. We are worried it might unsettle the others. Mary, via e-mail

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