Brazil: dogs and their owners prepare for annual carnival
Dozens of costumed canines and their owners gathered at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to take part in a pre-carnival bash.
Around 100 dogs in all kinds of costumes got into the carnival spirit for the annual four-footed fest, now in its fifteenth year. One owner went even further, dying the coat of her pet poodle an array of bright colours.
From now until the official opening of the carnival on 28 February, thousands of block parties will fill the streets of Rio de Janeiro.