TODAY | August 30, 2012
>> al, thank you. this morning on "today's quest for the best," outstanding pet tricks. we asked for video submissions and we have narrowed down the best.
>> our three finalists are here. joe rappaport is here with a little help from ruby.
>> i'm here because i'm very easy. i love every animal but this one, very little impresses her.
>> very picky, right?
>> she's going to be a tough judge so i need a little help.
>> what are you looking for?
>> obviously talent, the most unique trick they can do. a little personality doesn't hurt. right, sweetheart?
>> i have a rescue dog at home.
>> they're the best.
>> let's bring out our finalists. let's start out with linda wright and her australian cattle dog ruger . they're here from lake elseinor. linda, how many bets do you have exactly?
>> i have four dogs.
>> what is ruger 's special trick?
>> he's going to ride a scooter.
>> my kid are just learning to ride a scooter. amazing.
>> did youer that?
>> yeah. you have to get working on that.
>> look at that! that's great!
>> how did you teach her to do that?
>> i just tried it one day and he did it.
>> how did he try it the first time? did you just bring a scooter out?
>> yeah. i just put him on it because he already knew who to push a stroller.
>> do you want to come help with my kid?
>> that's a great thing. excellent. what do you think?
>> unbelievable. i'm impressed.
>> he pushes a stroller with a baby in it, a butty in it.
>> good job! ruby -- do you -- okay, ruger .
>> we have our miniature --
>> we have a miniature horse here.
>> we have a miniature horse here. if i could only bring this home to my kids, they would go crazy!
>> you've probably never seen a horse this small.
>> amos is from boca raton . i understand amos is a huge twitter and facebook follower already?
>> i was looking at his twitter feed last night. he's very popular.
>> apparently he's even performed with the harlem globetrotte globetrotters? so he's somewhat pro.
>> i think you're pushing him a little bit too much, natalie. you have to be objective.
>> is it true that your horse can actually play basketball?
>> he can play basketball. you want to see?
>> let's go for it.
>> get it.
>> go get it.
>> the balls are getting bigger so it's going to get harder.
>> this is a tough one.
>> that's his globetrotter ball.
>> that's a hard one to pick up. want to try another one?
>> they have to be a little bit soft.
>> how did you get him to start playing basketball?
>> great job.
>> isn't that unbelievable?
>> there we go.
>> amos , 3 for 3.
>> that's pretty impressive.
>> i can get my dog to give me licks.
>> one more?
>> one more.
>> there we go. for the slam dunk !
>> can you believe how calm this giep is? unbelievable.
>> so impressive. thank you very much.
>> my girls are going to be so jealous.
>> that's a tough one to beat.
>> i think ruby's leaning towards the horse.
>> she's even making a noise.
>> yeah, yeah, yeah.
>> we're supposed to be objective. calm down.
>> all right. last but not least. all the way from california, we have april robert and her husband ski, sk -- husky sky. i understand she's loves the theme song to " brian williams ."
>> she does.
>> okay. now what about this theme song ? a different theme song ? an nbc theme song .
>> one more time.
>> she's a big fan of the news.
>> how did you discover -- no other theme music as far as we know, right?
>> no. and a little bit of stage fright . she usually has a full-out how will.
>> there's a lot going on here.
>> i think brian is looking at a new co-anchor. could be a whole new future here.
>> have i to say all very impressive acts.
>> this is a tough one.
>> they're so talented. you are so blessed to have these animals. i know we can't give them all awards, can we?
>> i'll bring them all home to visit the girls. they'd love it.
>> so i'm going to grab the trophy.
>> i'm going to walk over.
>> oh, they're all so wonderful.
>> they're all winners in our book, right?
>> they're all winners. but excuse me for walking in front but tada! they're all amazing.
>> you're very sweet. congratulations!
>> she was going crazy.
>> oh, good job, good job!
>> good job, everyone. thank you again for your submissions. coming up next, we are tackling your back-to-school money questions. and later on, bobby's style buzz! first, these messages. [ ryan ] it has stuff that guys like, like the rims and the sleekness to the body. and, then, had the bluetooth and the navigation that diana really wanted. [ diana