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Jason Lynn with Ricky the Standard Poodle, as they celebrate winning the Best in Show category of Crufts during the final day at Crufts Dog Show on 9 March 2014 in Birmingham, England

Crufts Best-in-Show: Ricky the poodle really is the top dog

Ricky the poodle won the world’s biggest dog show prize after being named Best-in-Show at Crufts from more than 21,000 entrants.

Dogs signal to other dogs via their tails in ways hidden from humans. At top right is an inset image of the dog's heart rate while the dog was watching the video

What your dog’s tail wagging tells you about his emotions

Tail wagging means a lot more to a dog than “I’m pleased to see you”, research has shown.

Mogs have taken over from dogs as the world’s No 1 pet

It’s 10pm - do you know where your moggy is? Wildlife campaigner calls for cat curfew

The claws are out for cats who are free to roam at night. The wildlife campaigner Rosie Catford (no, really) of the Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Essex has come out in favour of a cat curfew, of the kind already seen in some parts of the US and Australia, in a bid to save some of the “200 million birds and small animals killed by domestic cats every year in Britain”.

YummyPets: The new social network for your furry friends

Tech-savvy dogs and cats can now interact with their animal brethren on a new social network for pets.

Jilly beat more than 20,000 other dogs to take the coveted Crufts title

You little beauty: rare dog breed Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen wins Crufts Best in Show

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen called Jilly was tonight crowned Best in Show at Crufts.

Dr Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth's Department of Psychology with her dog

Dogs 'see things from a human point of view' - at least when it comes to stealing food

Pet dogs may understand a human’s point of view, according to new research which suggests they are more likely to steal food when they think that nobody can see them.

Chemical burn cat gets new fur coat

A cat which suffered chemical burns to 60 per cent of its body causing its black-and-white fur to fall out is recovering and its coat is growing back.

Cats killed in Cannock cattery fire

Two cats are confirmed dead and at least 18 unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery, firefighters said today.

The former Prime Minister has lost his stick insect

Pets missing: one stick insect. Return to Gordon Brown

First he lost the election and now he’s lost his stick insect. Poor Gordon Brown. On Monday, the former PM’s wife, Sarah Brown, announced the news to her 1.2 million Twitter followers.

Pets: Simon Callow – he talks to the animals! (Well, dogs)

Velvet-voiced actor Simon Callow landed an unusual, if extremely seasonal, gig this week.

Reports of stray or unwanted cats have risen by a third in three years

Cruel for cats: Hard times for humans lead to an epidemic of stray pets

People are letting cats breed to sell the kittens, but if they aren't sold they are often just abandoned

Pudsey's autobiography comes out this week

My life as a dog – the book they all want to read

Two new celebrity pet memoirs join a growing list of canine autobiographies

Cavalier Jack weighed a whopping 22kg before starting his PDSA diet

Dangerous diets of our fat cats and hefty hounds

Animal welfare group says there are now six million severely overweight cats and dogs in Britain

Glad rags: Crystal dressed for the premiere of Hangover II

Blame it on Crystal! Monkey film star sparks new craze

She has sparked a sometimes cruel tend – with 1,200 of the animals now being kept as pets in the UK. Sanchez Manning investigates

Royalty dogs might have an exceptional lifestyle, but they can be a bit aggressive after all

Beware of the royally spoilt dogs

Who's a naughty boy, then? The Queen's corgis stand accused of attacking Max, a Norfolk terrier belonging to her granddaughter Princess Beatrice, almost tearing the 11-year-old pooch's ear off.

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The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future