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Pets

  • Guinea pigs

    21st June 2021

    Jane Evans is Vice Chair of The Welland Valley Cavy Club and offers her advice around keeping these adorable, sociable rodents as pets

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  • When Ellie Cameron persuaded her parents to get a puppy, their preference was for a pure-bred, hypo-allergenic, non-moulting breed. Little did they know they would lose their hearts to a Romanian street dog, who ‘moults like crazy and hasn’t even got a tail!’

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  • Two little pigs

    22nd March 2021

    Meet Rosie and Beetle, a pair of pigs belonging to Emma Brown. From the third generation of a farming family, Emma is no stranger to the inevitable lifecycle of agricultural livestock. Yet, there’s no chance of her beloved pigs ending up on her plate, thanks to their charm, intelligence and immense personality

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  • When the Burrows family moved to a house with a larger garden, Charlie (12) and William (9) wasted no time in assembling a flock of assorted birds, which provide the family and some of their lucky neighbours with delicious, free-range eggs. The boys tell Amander Meade why chickens make great pets

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  • Local pets: Little donkeys

    26th November 2020

    Amander Meade meets Daphne and John, pet donkeys belonging to the Ball family and two of the most popular residents of Rutland Farm Park in Oakham

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  • Amander Meade meets Albarden, a former racehorse that found his forever home with local rider and business owner, Helen Smith, who runs Albar’s Den boutique in Oakham

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