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Pet Day Costume Contest in Coney Island

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All dressed up: Bambi the Mermaid’s pooch, Mister Velvet Underwear, sported a faceful of makeup on Saturday.
Hot dog — literally: Giana, a Yorkshire terrier, shows off her favorite hot dog brand.
Doggie Gaga: Yvonne Wilburne’s Bentley, a teacup Yorkie, channeled his inner Lady Gaga.
Ruff rider: Paquito the chihuahua won the costume contest with his adorable cowboy outfit.
Cheer squad: Chloe Lewis, 8, of Lefferts Gardens, holds Fluffy the guinea pig, who picked up a pair of poms-poms to win third place.

Costumed creatures took over the Coney Island Boardwalk at the second annual Pet Day on June 16, dressing in their best and wackiest outfits in hopes of winning great prizes in the costume contest.

Pets and owners were treated to free rides in the iconic Deno’s Wonder Wheel, getting a bird’s-eye view of the People’s Playground.

“The Ferris Wheel was awesome,” said Coney Island mermaid Bunny Love, who rode with her Chinese crested dog Belvedere. “Me and Belvedere were in one of the swinging cars, so it got a little exciting there.”

But the main attraction was the costume contest, which brought out as many as 47 pets parading the People’s Playground, dressed as cheerleaders, geishas, and Nathan’s Famous sausages — all in hopes of winning passes to Deno’s Wonder Wheel and gift certificates to Petco.

Ultimately, it was Paquito the “ruff” rider who won the contest in his cowboy costume — tiny hat and boots included.

“He was super cute! I feel like the owner had made the whole costume, so I gave extra points for arts and craft,” said Love, who was also judging the contest.

The entrance fee was two cans of pet food, which were donated to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue organization.

Updated 3:48 am, June 19, 2012
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