My gundog has a dry, bleeding nose!

We have a two-year old working Cocker spaniel that’s extremely fit and full of energy. However he has always had a dry nose that has got worse recently: it bleeds a little and he sometimes sniffs and sneezes.

Ferret at large

Q) Recently my hob ferret escaped from his hutch and remains missing. Where are the best places to enquire or advertise the fact that he has gone astray? And are there any other avenues that I should explore to try to find him? T. GOLDRICK By email

When was the first rifled barrel made?

Can you tell me when the first gun with a rifled barrel was made? I had always assumed it was in the late 18th century, but a friend disputes this and claims it was even earlier.

Which lurcher?

Q) Can you tell me what kind of lurcher would be best for ferreting? I intend to acquire one, but I have been told that some types are better than others. Can you shed some light on this and tell me what type you prefer? C. RIGBY By email…