Sound as a hound: Dogs set new world record in Tay­side

Hun­dreds of dogs get spe­cially dressed up for big oc­ca­sion – and end up in the record books

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - rob Mclaren rm­claren@the­courier.co.uk

A wacky world record was set in An­gus yes­ter­day as hun­dreds of dogs wore ban­danas in a ca­nine show at Glamis Cas­tle.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Dogs’ Day Out sought to set tails wag­ging by smash­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 764 dogs in ban­danas by RSPCA Aus­tralia in 2015.

Pooches of all shapes and sizes came to­gether against the back­drop of the An­gus cas­tle to set the new record of 860.

It is the sec­ond week­end in a row a new world record has been set in An­gus. Last week­end in an Ar­broath car park Ryan Ram­say and Lexi Ligeti set a record for the great­est three-legged dis­tance cov­ered in 24 hours.

Rosella Pol­lard of Burns Pet Nutri­tion, which hosted yes­ter­day’s event, said: “We had a to­tal of 860 dogs al­to­gether which is amaz­ing – it’s a lot more than we were ex­pect­ing.

“Peo­ple were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about try­ing to break the record – there was every breed you could imag­ine,

Top left: first in line to start the world record were Court­ney and Lucy Sel­lar plus dog Arlo. Top right: Deb­bie Dou­glas and dog Dobby. Above: one dog get­ting into the spirit of the event.

ev­ery­thing from a husky, to bi­chon frise to an old English sheep­dog.

“Peo­ple reg­is­tered on­line and got their ban­dana in the post but peo­ple were also able to reg­is­ter on the day.

“Af­ter­wards, all the peo­ple who took part got a com­mem­o­ra­tive sticker, a cer­tifi­cate – and they can keep the ban­dana, of course.”

There were no rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Guin­ness World Records at the event. In­stead, video and pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence will be sent to the of­fi­cial record ad­ju­di­ca­tors.

“I don’t think we have any­thing to worry about in terms of set­ting the record as we were al­most 100 over the pre­vi­ous one,” Rosella added.

“It’s been so suc­cess­ful we might look to see if there’s an­other record we can set in fu­ture years.”

The at­tempt fol­lowed a busy pro­gramme of events which in­cluded a pa­rade of pedi­gree dog breeds and dis­plays for Search and Res­cue Dog As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land and the Ore Coun­try Ter­ri­ers.

There were also a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions judged by Lynne Davies from BBC tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Dog Borstal.

Th­ese in­cluded prizes for the best dressed dog in tar­tan, golden oldies, per­fect pups, fe­male and male dogs and the prize for a bit of ruff – open to all scruffy dogs. A best in show prize was also awarded.

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