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.

The gallery above shows 74 entries from Andover readers. These photos along with 263 entries from Andover were published in the Basingstoke Gazette yesterday (June 10) and Andover Advertiser today (June 11).

To view pets from Basingstoke, click here.

To vote for your favourite pet, buy the Gazette or the Advertiser and fill in the voting slip published in the suppliment.

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