Get ready to stuff your panic-stricken pet into the carrier and haul it on over to the Coney Island amusement district where the 2nd Annual "Pet Day at Deno's Wonder Wheel" will take place on Saturday June 16th. Does your pet enjoy being confined in a metal cage and hoisted hundreds of feet about sea level? There's only one way to find out! And the beauty of it is, "every dog, cat, fish and snake in town" gets to ride for FREE. Be sure to bring a couple plastic bags.

Between noon and 7 p.m., your pet gets a ride on the Wonder Wheel gratis (when accompanied by its owner—you can't just toss your ferret on board and go get a hot dog.) And at 2 p.m. there will be a Coney Island Pet Costume Contest on the Boardwalk, hosted by "The World Famous BOB” and judged by Bambi, the Mermaid of Coney Island, and Miss Cyclone, Angie Pontani. The contest will be followed by a pet procession through Wonder Wheel Park.

Fabulous prizes include a season pass to the Wonder Wheel and a $150 gift certificate to Petco. We're told the contest will be limited to 25 entries, and registration is on a first come first-serve basis. (Pre-registration is encouraged—visit to download an application and fax it in NOW, or register from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the boardwalk across from Deno’s Park, next to the stage.) Wonder Wheel dog is about to have some competition.