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Basingstoke newspaper launches Pet Factor

Basingstoke newspaper launches Pet Factor

Posted by: Samantha Bartlett  Date: 29/10/2012   Category: Latest News

The search has began to find the most talented pet in Basingstoke, as the Basingstoke Gazette launches its ‘Pet Factor’ competition, thisishampshire.net reports.

Whether it be a pooch dancing in its dog bed, or a cat pulling a funny face, the newspaper want to find the most talented pets in the area. Entrants must send a picture of their pet in, along with a brief explanation of what their ‘skill’ is. Anyone entering must also upload a video of their pet to Youtube.

The news outlet said on their website: “We know there are talented pets out there, and we want you to send us in a picture of your animal, along with a brief explanation of why it is so clever. We would also like to see a short video clip of your pet performing its party trick.”

The competition may sound like a little bit of fun, but some may find watching the entries can make them smarter. According to inthecapital.com, a team of researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan found that after viewing cute images of baby animals, participants had improved focus and dexterity.

It is thought that the images boosted performance due to the way people speak to animals. Usually, someone uses a soothing, slow voice when speaking to a kitten or a puppy, which may transcend into how people work afterwards.

Entries for the Basingstoke ‘Pet Factor’ competition can be submitted up until October 30th.