THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Football preparation and dogs enjoying swim

Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 6:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Last week's best photographs by Missourian journalists captured Columbia's preparation for Missouri's first SEC game against Georgia, dogs enjoying a nice swim and a Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Blackberry Exchange employee Mickey Moulder talks to store owner Laura Wilson about creating a front window display to show off its Missouri gear, in this photo by Jaime Henry-White. Many clothing stores in Columbia are seeing an increased demand for fancier Missouri apparel to fit into the long-standing SEC tradition of dressing up for games.

Photographer Rachel English captured this photo of Will Bullard's dog, Jack, swimming to the edge of the pool, while Bullard shoots out of a nearby slide. Bullard and Jack were among other dogs and owners to attend the annual Pooch Plunge on Sept. 4 at the Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center.

In this photo by Alli Inglebright, Rylan Newman, 5, creates a handprint on a canvas at a Handprint Ceremony on Sept. 5 at the MU School of Medicine. Hyundai's Hope on Wheels program awarded a $250,000 grant to the MU School of Medicine for research focused on children with cancer.

Connie McCollom took this photo of Ryan Geisert, a doctoral student in entomology, showing a Madagascar hissing cockroach to visitors during the 7th Annual Gallery & Museum Crawl on Sept. 6. Attendees of the event were able to see ancient Greek jewels, artifacts from Missouri Native Americans and many other objects.

Photographer Connie McCollom captured MU employee Mark Morris hanging banners up on the MU Columns on Sept. 7 before Missouri's first SEC game against Georgia. Georgia fans began arriving to Columbia days before the game to experience Columbia and support their team.

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

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