Tompkins Square Park, New York City's oldest and largest dog run, hosted its 20th annual Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday, and the contestants certainly did not disappoint.
Hundreds of dogs – and hundreds more humans – turned out for a beautiful fall day in the park, and watched as a stick of butter, a Breakfast at Tiffany's and even a mattress full of bedbugs made their way around the exhibition area.
Plenty of pooches won prizes, but the ultimate honor went to Gracie and her owner Dewey Moss. The pug played Scarlett O'Hara in Woof with the Wind, and her elaborate getup won first place in her round, as well as the title of Best in Show!
Zak Bagans hunts ghosts for a living. As the host and lead investigator of Travel Channel's paranormal show, Ghost Adventures, Bagans explores spooky and reportedly haunted locations throughout the world to bring out the ghosts.
It can be frightening work, but Bagans's newest coworker – Ridley, his tiny, 1-and-a-half-year-old Yorkshire terrier – is unfazed.
"I'm teaching Ridley how to hunt ghosts," Bagans tells PEOPLEPets.com. "He's good. I tried to see if he's sensitive to spiritual energy, and I think he is."
It started out as fun and games. Connie Baldwin would be playing pool in her Washington home, when her Chihuahua pup, Amadeus, would come sniff around, wanting to be held.
"One day, I just put him up on the table and said, 'Go get the ball,' " she tells PEOPLEPets.com. "He couldn't really bite them, but when I said 'Go get the ball' again, he started knocking them around." Every time the eager pooch would knock one into the pocket, Baldwin would praise him – and that's how the world's smallest pool player got his start.
"He just realized that's what you do; the balls go into the holes, then he gets praise," she says. "People say I didn't teach him the rules. I didn't – I just taught him to clear the table!"
It's party time! Shake it, little panda bear! Show us your groovy moves. Or, as this video's narrator says, "I'm itchin' my back, I'm itchin' my back. Oh, yeah." Not quite as fun as "I'm doing the lawnmower dance," but it still gets us in the mood to boogie.
Whenever Snowball the cat hits the streets around his Southern California neighborhood, all eyes are on him like a polar bear in the desert. Cars slow to a crawl to catch a glimpse, while passers-by frequently snap photos of the 18-year-old cat. So what's so special about Diamond Bar, California's most famous feline? Just one look at his little red wagon will tell you.
Every day Snowball takes his place atop the red, white and blue Little Tykes cart. Without straps or a leash, he sits like the domesticated king of his suburban block as German shepherd Blade, 3, pulls the wagon. German shepherd Cassy, 4, comes along for the ride.
We all know who you call when there's a ghost on the premises, but what about mice? After letting out a horrified scream, you pick up the phone and call expert cat trainer Liu Jianguo.
Jianguo trains fierce felines to defend against vermin and his expertise is currently being used at the Dingxiang Rice Company in China where organic rice is processed. His furry troop of about 100 felines patrol the facility, according to Xinhua news, waiting to pounce on a rodent enemy.
Paul the "Psychic" Octopus at the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium has picked Germany to beat Uruguay in the match for third place in the World Cup on Friday. He went straight for the mussel snack in the box marked with the German flag, his own intuitive (and hungry) method of revealing his pick to win. German news channels broadcast the event live, with eyes glued to the tube as Paul hesitated slightly before making his choice.
At the moment, Paul has correctly predicted the winner of all six of Germany's World Cup matches: four victories and two losses, including the quarter-final loss against Spain.
Myron the dog dives into the backyard bushes on the hunt for hidden treasures, and hits new heights when jumping for flying discs and tennis balls. Sound like every other pooch you know? Not exactly. The boxer-border collie mix is completely blind and has become a celebrity for his community outreach in his home of Sydney, Australia.
"He amazes me constantly," owner Raquel Wood tells PEOPLEPets.com. "There's nothing he can't do."
And that means using his disability to raise awareness for matters that are important. Earlier this month, Myron was the guest of honor at Narellan Library's 10th Annual National Simultaneous Storytime event in Australia. For the kids' reading campaign, Myron performed a few of his famous party tricks – like doing a spot-on impression of a frog with all four limbs splayed out.
These days, when Germans want to know if their team will win their next match at the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa, they turn to Paul. The octopus. From his tank at Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium, Paul has correctly predicted the outcome of the four soccer matches Germany has played in – three wins and a loss to Serbia.
Paul's method: His caretakers at Sea Life put a mussel in each of two clear plastic containers. The boxes are marked with the flags of the soccer teams. Paul's prediction for victory is whichever container he chooses first.
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