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    • 2pm-3.30pm | August 23, 2020
    • Facebook Live

    Bring all the joy of a live dog show to your living room with Hounds in your Home!

    Join our very special guest host Sue Perkins, celebrity judges and talented hounds at this fun day in for the whole family (four-legged or otherwise).

    Register to enter your pup in one of six categories and join us live on Sunday 23 August via Mayhew’s Facebook page where our celebrity judges will be picking the winners from each category and you will have the chance to vote for Best In Show.

    Tickets: Free to watch, £3 to enter your pup

    Don’t miss our live event!

    No dog, no worry! Anyone can join our live event and help us pick our Best In Show winner. Set a reminder and receive all the latest updates by marking yourself as attending on the Facebook event page.

    How does it work?

    Record a short video, no longer than 60 seconds and select the number of categories you would like to enter in the form below. Once you have made payment you will receive an email with instructions on how you can submit your entry.

    Entries close midnight Sunday 16 August. All entries will then be sent to our celebrity judges who will pick their top five. These will be shown during the live show on Sunday 23 August when each judge will join our host to announce their winner.

    There will then be a final vote where the viewers will be able to pick Best In Show with the overall winner being invited to join the live broadcast.


    Stay Challenge

    Can your dog resist temptation? We are looking for furry friends who can stay the longest. We will be marking on stillness and the level of temptation they have to move.

    Sponsored by Butternut Box.

    Aqua Pups

    Dogs being dogs, in water! Splashing around in the garden or trying to eat the hose, this is a contest of cuteness and good fun.

    Sponsored by Butternut Box.

    Dog Disco

    This is a chance for your companion to show of their moves and prove that they don't have four left feet. Owner participation optional, musical accompaniment is a must.

    Sponsored by Butternut Box.

    Best Fetch

    Who's the quickest to bring your slippers when you walk in the front door, or always comes back with something unexpected? We will be marking for speed and imagination with this one.

    Sponsored by Bought By Many.

    Waggiest Tail

    All dogs can wag their tail, we are looking for something truly exceptional.

    Sponsored by Bought By Many.

    Hounds Have Talent

    What is your dog's secret skill? We want to see paw-shakes, boops or maybe something a little different.

    Sponsored by Bought By Many.

    Each lucky category winner will receive…

    • A virtual certificate and rosette.
    • Goody bags (dispatched when we are all back in the office).
    • Each category winner will have their full-length entry featured in a compilation video posted across Mayhew’s social channels.

    The winner of Best In Show will receive…

    • All the above!
    • An invite to join the live broadcast with Sue Perkins and have their video featured on the Mayhew website.
    • Two weeks worth of fresh meals for their dog from Butternut Box.
    • A year’s free pet insurance courtesy of Bought By Many.

    The Rules

    • Human entrants must be 13 years or older.
    • Your submission must be of an animal you own or have permission to enter the competition.
    • Mayhew reserves the right to disqualify any video we believe to be submitted without permission.

    Celebrity Host and Judges

    Host: Sue Perkins

    The quick-fire, self-depreciating humour of Sue Perkins has made her a household name in British television for over twenty years. She has hosted beloved shows such as The Great British Bake Off for seven series with her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, who she has recently teamed up with once again for Sky One’s comedy series Hitmen, due to film its second series next year. Sue is an accomplished writer, including her bestselling memoir Spectacles, actor, comedian, interviewer with her hit podcast An hour or so with... – and our celebrity host of Hounds in your Home!

    Judge: Robin Ince

    Comedian, author, broadcaster and populariser of scientific ideas as the co-host of the Sony Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. Robin has edited and written several books including, most recently, I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human. He is co-founder of The Cosmic Shambles podcasting network and has been described by The Guardian as a ‘becardiganed polymath’ – Robin brings this world of expertise to our esteemed judging panel.

    Judge: Pandora Christie

    After a decade of presenting on Capital, KISS and now Heart FM, where she hosts the mid-morning show as well as Saturday night’s Heart Club Classics, Pandora is one of the most recognised presenters on the radio. When she is not in the studio or DJing sell-out festival and VIP events, Pandora can be found interviewing some of the biggest names in film and music on the red carpet. She heads up her own beauty and lifestyle blog PandoraChristie.com, where she discusses her loves, life and of course her pup Henry. A long-time animal advocate and Mayhew supporter, we are thrilled to have Pandora on our judging panel.

    Judge: Anthony Head

    Anthony is a staple of British stage and screen. He is known internationally for his roles as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin, and for his portrayal of Geoffrey Howe in the Oscar award-winning film, The Iron Lady. Anthony has also appeared in Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Split on BBC One, Vanity Fair for ITV and Amazon, and recently on Netflix’ blockbuster, The Stranger. His stage career has been equally varied – from The Rocky Horror Show, to Peter Shaffer’s Yonadab at The Royal National Theatre and Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic. Most recently he was in Love in Idleness, at The Apollo in the West End, directed by Trevor Nunn. We can’t wait to add ‘Mayhew judge’ to his credits!

    Judge: Laura Aikman

    Laura is an actress and voice-over artist with over sixty television credits to her name. She has starred in hit TV dramas including Casualty, Waterloo Road and Liar as well as comedies, The Job Lot, Bluestone 42, Lemon La Vida Loca and the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special. Alongside her work in TV, Laura voices cartoons and video games, starring in Space Chickens in Space and Sadie Sparks for the Disney Channel and computer games including Dragon Quest, The Secret World and Final Fantasy. She is the proud owner of a four-year-old French Bulldog called Eric Cantona whose CV includes sleeping, drooling and back scratching – we’re very excited to have Laura on our judging panel!

    With thanks to our sponsors

    Butternut Box Logo
    A fresh take on dog food.

    Better pet insurance.

    If you have any questions, please contact our dedicated Events team: events@mayhewanimalhome.org / 020 8206 5872.

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