COMPETITION: Can your pet videos top this dog singing to Joe McElderry?

Move over Frank Sinatra – Frankie the pointer is the new voice to be reckoned with.

The canine crooner can often be heard singing along to his favourite tracks, much to the amusement of owners Ruth and Rob Francis.

Ruth Francis and her singing dog Frankie

Ruth Francis and her singing dog Frankie

“He’s always singing” said retired Rob, 59. “And he has the most awful taste in music. He sings along to classical music and opera, but when I put Bruce Springsteen on he’s quiet. He doesn’t like rock.”

Ruth added: “We can’t even watch Songs of Praise anymore. He just stands in front of the TV and sings along at the top of his voice. I went out and bought him a Joe McElderry CD for him to sing along to instead.”

The two-year-old pedigree has been a songbird since he was just nine weeks old, when he burst into song during a Specsavers advert.

“After that he has always been a singer” added Ruth. “I was in the car one day and I put Il Divo on. One minute he was fast asleep in his box, the next he was singing at the top of his voice down the M1.”

The couple, of Old Tupton, have achieved notoriety amongst other pointer owners, with fans as far flung as America befriending Ruth on Facebook to watch her harmonious hound in action.

“I have got people saying they can book him for gigs over there” said NHS worker Ruth. “They have just gone mad for him.”

Frankie is no doubt set for internet stardom, but we

want to see your hilarious pet videos to give YOUR critters a shot at fame.

We will feature all videos sent in on our website, with prizes on offer for the top dog (or cat, or budgie..!)

To submit your entry, email or drop a hard copy of the video into the Derbyshire Times offices at First Floor, Spire Walk, Chesterfield, S40 2WG. Please note, many email providers will not send large video files.

WIN! £85 of Pets at Homes vouchers

We have teamed up with pet superstore, Pets At Home, to offer some fantastic prizes for the top pet videos.

If you have a clip of your beloved animal doing something silly, we want to see it!

Whether it is a kitten playing the piano, a pup dancing or a parrot chattering away, we want to make your pet an internet star!

We will upload all videos to our website, and the three funniest submissions will receive a voucher to splash out on their pets at Pets at Home.

The first placed entrant will receive a £50 voucher, the second place will get £25 with a £10 voucher for the third placed clip.

To enter, email your video to or drop a hard copy into the Derbyshire Times offices on Spire Walk, off Horns Bridge roundabout, Chesterfield, S40 2WG.

Try and keep the clips to 30 seconds or less, and remember the funnier the better!

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 11.