Tails are wagging in Westminster as voting for this year's Westminster Dog of the Year competition opens to the public.
One of the biggest events on the political calendar, Westminster Dog of the Year sees MPs dogs battle it out to win the coveted title.
The fight for victory will intensify this year — the 20th anniversary of the contest — as MPs use social media to rally support from constituents and encourage them to vote for their canine companion.
These votes will contribute to the final decision. Final judging to determine which dog is most deserving of the crown will take place on October 25 at Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the House of Lords.
A mix of familiar faces and new additions will be competing for the win.
Organised by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, the competition is a unique chance for MPs to show off the four-legged friends who support them on the political trail.
It's also a fun way to promote responsible dog ownership and canine welfare within Westminster.
"The competition is open to all parliamentarians' dogs, and we aim to find the dog that is the most worthy of the title — whether they help to blaze the political trail in their owner's constituencies, or simply offer their masters the odd lick of support," said Caroline Kisko, KC communications director.
To find out more about each canine contestant, and to vote for Westminster Dog of the Year, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/westminsterdogoftheyear