Helen Skelton spotted on unusual dog walk – with giant ‘dog’ made out of mop heads

The former Blue Peter presenter took the animatronic dog for a walk in London’s Battersea Park, to highlight the amount of time Brits spend cleaning.Helen Skelton spotted out and about walking a huge dog

Former Blue Peter star Helen Skelton was spotted out and about on an unusual dog walk, walking a giant “dog” – made out of mop heads. “Mop”, an animatronic Hungarian sheepdog, which was seen in London’s Battersea Park, measures three metres long and two metres high.

It moves its head from side to side, and shakes – and is made from 300 old mop heads. Passers-by, including those walking their real pups, had to quickly stand back when Mop needed to shake off the mud from his walk.

Taking more than 2,000 hours to build, it comes after a study of 2,000 adults revealed an average of 12 days per year, or 46 minutes a day, is spent on time “sucks” – like cleaning up after dogs and children, waiting for the washer or dryer to finish, or pairing socks.

The research, commissioned by Bosch to mark the launch of the Unlimited 7 Aqua, also found a quarter of parents (26 percent) dislike cleaning up the mess kids make, such as picking up food from the floor after meals, or wiping up muddy footprints. And the same percentage of dog and cat owners said the same of their pet.

TV presenter, Helen Skelton, said: “I’m no stranger to mud in the house – we absolutely love getting outside, but it’s either kids or dogs traipsing it through the house after a long walk.

“I hugely relate to the fact that Brits feel they are wasting time cleaning up after them – we love them dearly, but they are messy.

“I’m really pleased to be involved in this campaign to tackle some of these time-sucking activities, and give parents even just a little bit of time back for themselves.”

It also emerged 35 percent would like to spend less time dusting and polishing, while 29 percent want to cut back on the time they spend vacuuming – and one in five are eager to reduce their mopping. Currently, the average adult spends 39 minutes a day cleaning – adding up to 10 days each year.

As a result, 61 percent of “dog parents” want to be able to clean as fast and as efficiently as possible – with a quarter admitting they sometimes avoid walking their pooch if it’s muddy, to save time cleaning up afterwards.

And these time-sucking tasks make 53 percent feel less productive than they’d like – with this rising to 62 percent of dog owners, and seven in 10 parents with kids under 18.

Also featuring among the top 40 frustrating activities were clearing up the kitchen after cooking a meal, queuing to pay at a supermarket, and sitting in traffic.

But the OnePoll.com data revealed that two-thirds (65 percent) would like to be more efficient with their time, with 37 percent attempting to do something productive when doing a time-sucking activity.

These include trying to get a few extra chores done while they wait for the kettle to boil, or using the opportunity for a bit of “thinking” time while waiting for the microwave to ping.

A spokesman for Bosch UK, which is sending Mop the Dog around the country this April, said: “We know there’s more to life than cleaning – that’s why we want to create products that make getting chores done a doddle.

“We believe that there should be less time spent scrubbing, and more time for us to spend however we want – whether that’s enjoying the company of our family, or playing with the pets.

“We’re so excited to take Mop on a walk up and down the country, not only to bring a smile to those who see him, but to demonstrate how easy it is to avoid daily time sucks.”


  • Clearing up the kitchen after cooking a meal
  • Queuing for a till in the supermarket
  • Sitting in traffic
  • Putting away washed-up dishes
  • Waiting for the kettle to boil
  • Deleting Spam emails
  • Waiting for the washing machine/tumble dryer to finish
  • Waiting for a delivery to arrive
  • Cleaning up after yourself
  • Being on hold on the phone
  • Waiting for the microwave to ping
  • Scrolling through online streaming services, e.g. Netflix, trying to find something to watch
  • Pairing up socks from a load of clean washing
  • Waiting for software updates on devices
  • Cleaning up after pets
  • Packing the bags while food shopping
  • Waiting at a bus stop
  • Cleaning up after your partner
  • Waiting for a cup of tea to brew
  • Cleaning your glasses ineffectively with your shirt, instead of using lens cleaner
  • Waiting for your alarm clock to go off, despite being awake
  • Refreshing emails when waiting for a specific reply
  • Waiting for the car to de-ice
  • Waiting to use the bathroom in your home while someone else is in there
  • Sending emails instead of picking up the phone to call
  • Waiting at a train or underground station
  • Cleaning up after children
  • Waiting for children to get dressed
  • Waiting on video calls for other people to join
  • Waiting in the airport
  • Waiting for children to go to sleep
  • Waiting to use a public toilet
  • Listening to voicemails or voice notes from friends or family
  • Waiting for children to come out of school at the end of the day
  • Queuing at the bank to speak to someone, rather than using a machine
  • Waiting for your dog to calm down and settle after its walk
  • Waiting at the garage for a car MOT or service
  • Waiting for children at after-school activities
  • Waiting in a virtual queue for online tickets
  • Waiting for your dog to get bored of fetching a ball
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