Paris turned her back on the press pack, but her new friend seemed eager to say hello. The furry fellow's white coat perfectly complemented his owner's gown
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Once inside the pretty heiress hit the catwalk in some colourful creations by 2 B Free
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17 OCTOBER 2005

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Paris Hilton's pet pooch Tinkerbell is almost as familiar a face on the red carpet as its A-list owner. Until recently the hotel heiress rarely left home without her beloved Chihuahua, but it seems the tiny dog may now be facing some furry competition.

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The socialite, who obviously has a preference for pint-size pets, arrived for the 2 B Free fashion show in Los Angeles with a white ferret sitting on her shoulders. And despite being one of the dinkiest dogs around, Tinkerbell could hardly compete with her new companion in the titchiness stakes.

At 5ft 8in, America's favourite socialite is anything but diminutive, however. And the blonde bombshell was proud to show off her endless pins as she modelled a series of new creations from the designer leisurewear company.

These days Paris is better-known for her high-profile romances and reality TV shows, but she is no stranger to the catwalk. Her return to runway comes just after Fox TV announced it was discontinuing her show The Simple Life, but the 24-year-old didn't seem the least bit concerned about her small screen career as she set the flashbulbs blazing on Saturday afternoon.

Production company Bunim-Murray meanwhile says it is going ahead with plans for another season, which will be shown on a different network. "We're very excited about the creative plans for the next group of episodes, and are confident this situation will be remedied quickly," said a representative.

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