A nationwide search has unveiled eight-year-old Poodle, Frankie Bassett, as the UK’s messiest pet; after a photo of the culprit pulling his best ‘it wasn’t me’ look caught the attention of judges at ToppsTiles.co.uk.

Frankie, originally from Liverpool but who now lives with her owner Sally in the Scottish Highlands, was caught looking guilty in front of split bin bags and a kitchen completely covered in rubbish.

The photo triumphed over heaps of other entries highlighting the chaos our furry friends can cause – from a door destroying dog to a parrot perched in a sieve filled with flour.

Sally and Frankie have won a pet photography session and the title of Britain’s Messiest Pet.

Commenting on their win, Sally said: “I was thrilled that Frankie won the competition as she is a very messy pet and now has the title to match! In addition to getting her paws on our bin bags, her favourite walks involve getting wet and muddy too! Although she is a white dog she often comes home very dirty and grey.  If there is mud, Frankie will find it. That said, Frankie is a treasured pet and is a pleasure to have around – most of the time!”

The top 5 finalists are as follows:

1.      Frankie Bassett, Scotland – “It wasn’t me!”

Frankie Bassett

2.      Blue Leybourne, Surrey – “Blue is a five-year-old working Cocker Spaniel, his favourite past-time is swimming, usually in very muddy places!”

Blue Leybourne

 3.      Mario Farrey, Chadderton, Greater Manchester – “Mario is a three-year-old Cavapoo, he is often found destroying the garden and returning home with muddy paws after being tormented by next door’s cats who tease him over the fence!”

Mario Farrey

 4.      Meesha Hoggett, County Durham – “Five-year-old Meesha is a real character; she thinks she is a human and likes to take showers and help out with the baking.”

Meesha Hoggett

5.      Janey Stokes, Oxfordshire – “Two-year-old white Lab Janey is desperately trying to be a chocolate Lab!”

Janey Stokes

Sian Austen, Head of Online at Topps Tiles, said: “We have been absolutely inundated with photos of messy pets and we’ve loved seeing what the nation’s animals have been getting up to. While we’ve had all sorts of entries, showing all sorts of pets from up and down the country, the challenge has proved to be the perfect demonstration of why wipe-clean tiled flooring is a good choice for pet owners with hoards of muddy-paw photos!”

The tile and flooring specialist has posted a run-down of the UK’s top ten messiest pets on its blog, athttp://www.toppstiles.co.uk/blog/219/messy-pets-competition-we-have-a-winner.