Pets & Animals

Party on, Wayne! Woman and dog win Halloween with excellent costume

When Kellan the Irish wolfhound first came home a couple of years ago, the resident house cat named Matteo showed him the ropes: where to sleep, the right way to snuggle, how to behave agreeably when human mom, former Miss Delaware Kate Banaszak, dresses them in costumes, and so on.

Kellan learned his lessons well. Here he is, ready to party on!

Kate Banaszak
Kate Banaszak poses with her dog, Kellan, in this excellent Halloween costume.

You've probably seen this excellent "Wayne's World"-inspired picture, taken a few days ago, shortly after Banaszak got this year's Halloween costumes in the mail. (Hi, they're in Delaware.)

"We love going to local pet costume contests, and there are a couple coming up, so I wanted to make sure everything fit," Banaszak, 32, explained to TODAY in an email.

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Kellan and Matteo, the resident house cat, are used to dressing up.

Banaszak's husband took a photo, which she posted to her own Facebook page, and another for dog enthusiasts.

Because it is so delightful, someone shared the pic on Reddit — and you know how it goes from there: Viral majora.

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The original Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey

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For anyone doubting the photo's authenticity, Banaszak says she doesn't even know how to use Photoshop. And there's no doubt the Irish wolfhound is one big dog: The American Kennel Club considers it to be the tallest of all breeds.

Kellan is no exception. As a blond, leggy, 140-pound canine, he's used to being admired, of course.

Kate Banaszak
At 140 pounds, Kellan dwarfs Banaszak.

"Honestly, my husband and I take Kellan everywhere with us, and we joke that we can't make it 5 feet down the street without being stopped by someone who wants to take photos or ask questions," said Banaszak. "Kellan really is like Garth Algar. He's just enjoying the heck out of every moment and making people laugh without trying."

Kate Banaszak
Kellan is used to dressing up by now. Here he sports a "Where's Waldo?" costume.

Being a former Miss Delaware means that Banaszak is no stranger to attention, either.

But this picture becoming such a hit has given her a new opportunity to share some insight she's gained in her more private life, as a person who lives with animals, and a veterinary technician and manager of an animal hospital.

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"In my line of work, I've found that many pet owners just kind of coexist with their animals, and that is as far as the relationship goes," Banaszak said. "I'd love for people to see our photo, and decide to go do something fun and unexpected with their pets."

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Party on! TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb also had fun impersonating Wayne and Garth.

Something else Banaszak would love: If the original Wayne and Garth, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, were to happen upon the photo, and find a way to let her know they liked it.

"If I heard from either one, I think Kellan and I would bow down and quote ‘Wayne's World,’" she said. "We're not worthy! We're not worthy! Seriously though, I'd lose it. I'm a big fan of both of those guys."

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