It was a quarter past midsummer. In a garden, next to a lane, Badger the Mystical Mutt . . . had gathered all the ingredients for his fabulous new spell . . . Meanwhile, in the lane at the bottom of the garden, all was not well. Hamish was running for his life. Pet Idol is in town, and Hamish, a floppy-eared spaniel, is the favourite to win. But as the spotlight falls on the lane, Top Dog and his gang of strays are hunted by the Dog Catcher, and blame Hamish for their troubles.With his haphazard magic, an appetite for toast and a strange travelling machine, can Badger the Mystical Mutt save Hamish from Top Dog and his gang? And can Hamish still win Pet Idol?