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The Great Canine Follicle Debacle - 30 Minute Mystery


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The Great Canine Follicle Debacle

Add intrigue to your next party with this mystery game, set at a dog show.
Format: 30 Minute Mystery
Setting: Dog show
Players: 8-16 (Standard Game)
17-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 30+ minutes
Ages: Family / Children
Find out which dog will win Best in Mischief this year...


Your guests will be playing the roles of the canine contestants in the Bestbred Dog Show, one of the most prestigious and long-running competitions of its kind. Each year, top dogs of every breed gather at Bestbred, and, groomed to look their very best, compete to be best in their breed, best in their group, and finally, best in show. This year, something terrible has happened and Petunia the Poodle has met with a horribly embarrassing fate! Winner of the top prize in the non-sporting group and the odds-on favorite to take the best-in-show title, Petunia went for her grooming but emerged from her bath completely BALD!

Solving the Mystery:

It looks like someone really had it in for Petunia the Poodle: someone substituted a bottle of hair removal lotion for her shampoo, and now she’s bald! It’s up to the guests to figure out who is responsible, since their bumbling human owners are sure to mess things up!

Murder-free and family friendly!


There are 8 primary characters in this game. Read the "How to Play" section for instructions on how to play this game with more than 8 people.

  • Chester, The English Springer Spaniel: Chester, winner of the sporting group, is a friendly fellow with a love of rawhide treats.
  • Brunhilda, The German Shepherd Dog: Brunhilda, winner of the herding group, is highly intelligent and a keen problem solver, and she’s not afraid to rub it in.
  • Angus, The Scottish Terrier: Angus, winner of the terrier group, is clever but obstinate.
  • Daisy, The Bassett Hound: Daisy, winner of the hound group, is gentle in spirit but insecure about her droopy appearance.
  • Chica, The Chihuahua: Chica, winner of the toy group, is a sassy, lively character in a tiny package.
  • Roxy, The Boxer: Roxy, winner of the working group, is an energetic and alert guard dog with a long, floppy tongue.
  • Brutus, The Bulldog: Brutus, runner up in the non-sporting group, is a laid-back, root beer-and-pizza kind of guy.
  • Motley, The Mutt: Motley, the only mixed-breed dog in the group, is a hard-boiled cynic.

Extra Players

  • Investigator: If you have more than 8 players, additional players have the option of playing the role of "Investigators". In this role the players are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
How to Play

Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:

  1. Print out the party guide
  2. Gather a group of players
  3. Hand out character sheets and name tags
  4. Follow the party guide instructions

Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!

Playing the Game

While this mystery has 8 primary characters, it is designed to accommodate any number of additional players. See the "Expanded Game for Large Groups" section below if you have more than 8 players.

Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.

The game will progress in rounds.

Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.

Round Two begins with the host sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.

Round Three, the final round, begins with the host sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.

By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or team) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The host will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.

From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.

Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.

What Do I Need in Order to Play?

Our 30 Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:

  • a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
  • a group of players (minimum 8 people)
  • a printed copy of this booklet
  • a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
  • pencils or pens for each player


  • Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
  • Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)

If you wish to do so, you may also choose to provide prizes for the winner or winners (any players who accurately identify the culprit). Some suggested prizes might include candy, bath and body products, homemade treats or any other small, inexpensive gift item; remember that it is possible for multiple players to win, so if you choose to offer prizes, make sure you have enough on hand!

Expanded Game For Large Groups

If you have more than 8 players, there are three ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - Using this method, eight guests play the primary characters while the remainder of the guests each play the Investigator role. Players in this role are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
  • Teams - Each primary character can be played by 2 or more people that work together as a team. This works well if you've invited several couples to your event, but also works if you break up your guests into eight larger teams of 3 or more guests.
  • Multiple Groups - If you have 16 or more guests, you can break them up into groups of 8 players and run multiple instances of the game on their own. This method is best for large events (e.g. fundraisers) where each table of people can play through the game independently. This method goes well with the Investigator method, which allows you the flexibility to add more than 8 people to any group.

You can choose whether you'd like the Standard or Expanded version of a game when you add it to your cart.

What's Included

The Great Canine Follicle Debacle is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • And much more!
Youth Group Mystery and Dinner Night
By on at 04:40 PM (GMT)
  • We invited our youth group (gr 6 to 8) to participate for an evening of fun and dinner. Everyone had so much fun. The parts were assigned when they arrived, but they were told to come dressed as dogs if they wanted to. On arrival they each received a "dog collar" (candy necklace). After the first round we offered Scooby Snack Treats. After the 2nd round we offered Mystery flavored Oreo's. The kids really had fun getting into character. Our dectectives were given names of famous dog detectives, McGruff the Crime Dog, Hong Kong Phue, Scooby Doo. Our detectives really enjoyed their parts, too!
  • We served Mystery Flavored Oreo's, Scooby Snacks, Pizza, and mystery flavored peeps
  • We put signs on the entrance door directing participants where to register for the dog show, each were given candy necklaces as dog collars.
Christmas Party Fun
By on at 08:46 PM (GMT)
  • We used this for the Senior Adult CHRISTmas party at church. They really got into their parts and had everyone in stitches. We had so much fun and plan on doing another on in the future. Low prep and great fun - AWESOME
  • Roast Beef, Chicken, Potatoes, Green Beans, Cakes and Pies
  • Doggie Disaster at the Dog Show
By on at 09:49 PM (GMT)
  • at a overnight trek, was a great ice breaker and enjoyed by all
Who dun it?
By on at 11:08 AM (GMT)
  • Kids had a blast. We grouped the kids together because some couldn't read. They all made a poster of their character, and we put the clues on the board. They loved it. We are going to order another one soon.
  • Kids made posters of characters. They had to walk around like dogs. Each group put the clues on board in their section.
Classroom Party: Canine Follicle Debacle
By on at 02:03 PM (GMT)
  • Terrific game! This was played in my daughter's 4th grade class on Valentines Day. We actually played two different games...this and the Terror in the Basement. Each game had 12 players which seemed the perfect amount.
    A few tips if you are buying for younger kids, give your kids plenty of time to read their parts and encourage them to get into character. We only had an hour to prepare and play and that wasn't quite enough time for 9-10 year olds. I printed masks using google images and it was a hoot.
    Well written game, great instructions. I will definitely try out some of their other games with my girl scouts and for slumber parties.
  • no food in our party, but if I did this at home I would go to pinterest. They are so many great ideas for pet themed party food.
  • Make masks. It really helps kids keep the dogs straight.
By on at 08:05 PM (GMT)
  • Last year I purchased Toy Chest Trauma and actually turned it into a play for our clients in an Adult Day Program complete with costumes. The staff had a ball performing it. It was so much fun staff and clients asked if we could do it again. We did this for our Holiday Party in December. Of course we will do it again. This year it will be the Great Canine Follicle Debacle. I will write it and do the costumes. Looking forward to another "theatrical success."
  • I did all the costumes for each toy. Baby Sleeps A lot had a bonnet and a bottle, Army Joe had a camo hat and camo binoculars, the bunny had bunny ears, and I use poster board to draw other costumes and then attached a string and they were worn around the neck. All in all fun, fun, fun coming up with the costumes and performing.
Youth group lock in
By on at 04:42 PM (GMT)
  • Church youth group. I was afraid this mystery would be kinda lame for my sophisticated middle schoolers, but they dug in and took on the part of their particular dog character using accents and actions. The one who was guilty did such a good job that no one guessed him! They excitedly all agreed they want to do another.
  • make your own pizzas
  • Didn't do anything preliminary or decoration-wise. Didn't really need to.
Fellowship Group
By on at 12:13 AM (GMT)
  • Our ladies Bible study group decided to have a "Mystery Night" and it was a blast! Even though we are all ladies a couple of our gals enjoyed swaggering around as Brutus, Angus and Motley! We had a "Mystery Menu" potluck and played the game during appetizers, dinner, and dessert courses- it worked perfect and the whole evening was only 2 hrs! Definitely looking to do another like the Great Folicle Debacle!
  • Rolling Stones aka- meatballs;Farmers alarm aka-chicken wings; Mushy girls withBats, Balls, and Sticks aka- hummus with carrot, tomato and celery sticks and more of the same ideas
  • We could dress as pups or as "best in class"
High Ability Students Solve It
By on at 12:11 AM (GMT)
  • The students had great fun playing their roles I had given them their sheets the night before so they could prepare. We had plenty of investigators as well, who asked some tough questions. The highlight of the party was seeing the reactions of the group when certain clues were revealed. There was shock, anger, disbelief, and more, as we tried to discover who the culprit was. Everyone had a great time, and not everyone got the answer right.
  • We did not have food during our party.
  • We did not play up the theme, as the game was played during the school day.
Dinner Party
By on at 04:02 AM (GMT)
  • We had a get together with a bunch of friends and ate different courses in between the murder mystery chapters.
    It was a huge success and everyone had a lot of fun.
    Some of the fun was having people really taking on their characters and making alliances with eachother. Lots of people took on a unique voice for their character.
  • The appetizers were spinach and cheese pastries shaped like dog biscuits.
    The entrée was a huge plate of spaghetti which we had people take buffet style.
    We had a dog shaped chocolate cake for dessert.
    For drinks we had options of red wine, white wine, sprite, and water.
  • We had masks set up for everyone to wear that coresponded with their character.
    The name tags were drawn on by each guest with pencil crayons.
Urgent Care Team Building
By on at 02:58 PM (GMT)
  • Played the game in our monthly department meeting. We are a group of 12 urgent care veterinary technicians. It was great to see the team work together to solve the mystery. We have lots of fun!!
  • We have lasagna rolls, green salad and garlic bread.
  • Set up part of the room as the behind the scene from dog show and the other part as a interrogation room.
The Great Canine Follicle Debacle
By on at 11:40 PM (GMT)
  • We used this mystery game for our 12 year old son's birthday party. The material is very well written and entertaining. However, it was hard to get a decent sized group of boys this age to concentrate. The 30 minute game took over an hour. :-) Would probably recommend using this only with kids a bit older.
  • Our food and decoration theme was actually all Chinese inspired, since that's what my son wanted. My wife made a nice birthday cake that looked like a Chinese takeout box!
  • hanging lanterns, etc

    one of the guests made a birthday card with lots of different breeds of dogs to match the game!
Birthday party
By on at 09:55 PM (GMT)
  • We had a combined birthday party for our 23 and 25 yr old children. I wanted an activity that would be fun for adults. This fit the bill. It was easy to play and fun for everyone.
  • We played this around our firepit, using phones and flashlights to see the scrips.

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