Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey are a dog act that won Series 6 of Britain's Got Talent. Butler received Pudsey as a birthday present upon her eleventh birthday, and he were in a little box that her mother had wrapped up for her. Butler was sixteen at the time of her audition, and believed that she and Pudsey could potentially win an Oscar. She described her bond with Pudsey as 'amazing', with her mother stating that she were 'absolutely devoted to Pudsey', before adding the fact that her whole life did not revolve 'around boys', it revolved around 'Pudsey'. Pudsey was a cross breed of a Bichon Frise, A Border Collie, and a Chinese Crusty Parlour Puff.
In the auditions, they performed to the Flintstones soundtrack, as Ashleigh crawled beneath Pudsey and Butler walked forwards as she kneeled upon the stage, as Pudsey followed upon his hind legs. Butler then had Pudsey walk upon his hind legs beside her. She then had Pudsey sit upon the stage as she kicked her legs towards him, and he placed a paw upon the leg she kicked towards him. Simon described her performance as 'brilliant', with Alesha adding that the duo were 'adorable'. She proceeded to advance onwards to the following round, and later made the semi finals.
They then performed to Peppy and George in the semis, as Pudsey walked beside Ashleigh upon his hind legs. He then sat down upon the stage in between her legs, as she lifted her legs from side to side. She then lay down upon the stage as Pudsey rolled her forwards. Pudsey then jumped over Ashleigh's back as she bent backwards. The pair then walked around the stage again with Pudsey on his hind legs, before he then walked behind Ashleigh. He then walked on all fours, before then jumping into the air, before once again walking upon his hind legs. The performance concluded with Pudsey on all fours following Ashleigh around the stage, before she knelt down upon the stage and Pudsey jumped upon her shoulder. The duo won the semi final, and advanced directly onto the final.
In the finals the duo performed to Mission:Impossible, with Butler having Pudsey sat upon her knee, as the pair entered the stage via a red chair that went down towards it. Asheligh then stood in the air, before Pudsey completed an agility course. Pudsey then followed behind Asheligh as she stood upon her hind legs. He then walked on all fours, and jumped upon the judges desk and ran across it, before later reuniting with Ashleigh. The duo then performed upon the stage again as Pudsey jumped into the air several tmes, before crawling upon the stage beside Ashleigh. Ashleigh then lay upon the stage, as Pudsey sat upon her back. The duo ultimately won the final.
The pair performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 2nd 2012. In September of the same year the pair appeared on ITV2's Top Dog Model. In 2012 they also performed at the Royal Variety Performance (they won this along with £500,000 upon their BGT victory that year). In December 2012 Pudsey played The Duchess in the television adaption of David Walliams' book named Mr. Stink. On Boxing Day 2012 the pair appeared on That Dog Can Dance! hosted by Christine Bleakley (now Lampard) as judges. In 2013 the pair appeared as performers and hosts (yet later as but hosts) on Who Let The Dogs Out?, a show that they had previously toured in 2012. They also returned to BGT as guest performers during the final semi final of the following series, and returned as guest performers once again as part of a group of guest performing acts in 2016. In 2014 and 2015 Ashleigh appeared as a panellist on The Dog Ate My Homework for six episodes. In April 2015 the pair appeared as guest presenters on the 10th Young Scot Awards. In 2016 Ashleigh appeared on a celebrity edition of First Dates. The pair had guest appearances on Daybreak, Lorraine, This Morning, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Good Morning America, T4 on the Beach, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America's Got Talent, Red or Black?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Loose Women, Children in Need, Pet School, Super Famous Animals, The National Television Awards, Celebrity Juice, The British Animal Honours, The British Soap Awards, two guest performances on Britain's Got Talent on the first of June 2013 and the twenty sixth of May 2014, Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up!, Good Morning Britain, Weekend, Celebrity Squares, The Gadget Show, Phillip's 24 Hour Marathon for Text Santa!, Pointless Celebrities, Reality Bites, Crufts, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, The Saturday Show, and Ultimate Brain.
The pair appeared in Theatre productions of Dick Whittington alongside Stephen Mulhern, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Alice in Wonderland. On the 11th of October 2012 Pudsey released his autobiography named Pudsey: My Autobidography, published by Sphere Imprint by Little Brown as part of a £100,000 publishing deal with his owner Ashleigh Butler. Pudsey had an appearance in a movie named after him. Pudsey Died in 2017, at the Age of just 11.
In both 2018 and 2019 Ashleigh and Sully won the best small breed agility competition at dog show Crufts. Ashleigh competed on America's Got Talent: The Champions with a new puppy, Sully and the pair were eliminated pre-finals. Simon stated that he did not her competing on the champions when they met seven years prior to AGT: The Champions and ensured to remind her that she & Sully were both champions, and so was Pudsey and that he would always be remembered. Ashleigh and Sully appeared on the first series of The Champions (Series 1) performing to A Spoonful Of Sugar by Julie Andrews from the Disney Film Mary Poppins with Ashleigh dressed not too dissimilar to her with an umbrella. Ashleigh and Sully then performed together. The pair later reached the top three in a vote of live studio audience superfans to have the potential ability to progress further, yet they placed third in the vote so did not.
On Monday 28th October 2019 Ashleigh appeared on This Morning in a pre-recorded segment judging auditions for dogs to play the part of Toto along with Dr and Vetinary Scott Miller, and Oli Juste, in a This Morning production of The Wizard of Oz to be aired on the show on Thursday 31st October 2019 otherwise known as Halloween. On Wednesday October 30th 2019 the trio appeared in a pre-recorded segment deciding the top three dogs, before appearing live in the This Morning studio for the final of the competition, which began after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby announced the dog who acted as the wildcard. After each dogs final performance the trio announced Mikey as the winner of the competition thus playing the part of Toto in The Wizard of Pawz the This Morning production of The Wizard of Oz to be shown live on air a day later.
In Winter 2020 Ashleigh had her dogs Sully and Eliza (who made her TV debut) perform several differing dog tricks, whilst 2020 BGT finalists Sign Along With Us performed a rendition of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey by both singing and signing during the Britain's Got Talent Christmas Spectacular.