SWEET HOME — Sara Windom would have been happy to receive a T-shirt for submitting a video to America’s Funniest Home Videos.

But to her surprise, the video was selected for the show and the Windom family, which includes husband Mike, and children, Emily, 16, and Jacob, 14, along with their 2-year-old labradoodle Piper, recently flew to Southern California to compete for $10,000, $3,000 or $2,000 in prize money — plus T-shirts for everyone in the family.

The Windoms attend St. Helen Parish in Sweet Home, where Mike is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council. Sara owns a beauty salon and Mike recently retired after a career in law enforcement with the Bureau of Land Management.

“Mike took the video on July 1,” Sara Windom said. “I was sitting in a chair by the window and Mike tried to kiss me. Our dog Piper jumped up on the chair, got between us and starting boxing Mike. She is pretty active, but she was extra crazy that day.”

The Windoms think Piper was wasn’t so much protecting Sara from Mike but was defending her own doggy space. “She likes to sit on the back of the chair and watch the deer in our yard,” Sara said.

Windom posted the video on social media and soon, her friends were encouraging her to send it to “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” an ABC television show.

“You get a free T-shirt for submitting a video, so I thought, why not?” Windom said.

Windom said producers asked about family members, Piper’s personality, and the like. They spent several minutes on the phone and said they would call back in a few days. But the Windoms were surprised when they received the second call within five minutes.

They flew to California on Sept. 12 with the show paying all expenses, including airfare for Piper and a hotel.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” sent a car for the Windoms when it was time to go to the studio to shoot the TV segment.

“We were told to clap and cheer,” Mike Windom said. “They also told us that if we won $10,000, please be excited.”

The Windoms are sworn to secrecy until the show airs at 7 p.m. on ABC on Sunday, Oct. 20.

How did Piper behave?

“She was great. She only growled one time,” Sara said.

If they win, the Windoms can move on to compete for more prizes.