OUR beloved pets mean everything to us and have been our cuddly companions throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

This is why we launched the Basingstoke Gazette and Andover Advertiser Pet Idol 2021 competition, to give a platform to doting dogs, cuddly cats, huggable hamsters, perfect parrots and even a spoilt skunk!

Animal lovers from across Basingstoke and Andover have been telling us all about the antics of their furry friends and just how much their pets have meant to them during the pandemic.

The entries for the contest are now in and we're looking for votes from our readers to decide which furry or fabulous friend should be crowned this year's winners.

Basingstoke Gazette:

See our gallery of 338 creatures – great and small – in the Gazette published today (June 10).

The winner will scoop £50 of vouchers and will make a special appearance in the Basingstoke Gazette and Andover Advertiser and online.

Fill in the voting slip in today's paper to cast your vote.