Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on Thursday in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the “Best in Show” category.
A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
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Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on Thursday in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.
Members of Parliament pose for pictures with their pets during the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (on the right) and Yume at his countryside residence Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on April 10 2013. Bulgarian Shepherd Dog Buffy was presented to Mr Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov, while the Japanese Akita Inu dog Yume (translated as Dream) was sent to him as a gift by the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia’s help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Read more