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A PET owner has set a Guinness world record for the biggest gathering of dogs of a single breed — by bringing together more than 1,000 beagles for a stroll.
Sean Parkinson, 39, organised the ‘Beaglelandia’ event, which saw 1,029 beagles from across the country gather in a Merseyside park.
It smashed the previous record, set in Mexico, by 783 Yorkshire terriers.
Official confirmation from Guinness World Records states they are the new holders of the ‘largest single-breed dog walk’ record.
Sean, from Wirral on Merseyside, said: ‘I’m over the moon. I couldn’t believe it, to be honest.
‘It’s such a brilliant thing for us to achieve — and we had a great day doing it.
‘People came from all over the UK with their beagles, including one person who even got on the ferry from Ireland.
‘We made a proper event of it, setting up stalls and lots of fun things to do. It was great.’
Beaglelandia took place last April at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.
It saw 1,029 beagles and their owners cover around one mile together on their walk.
The event, organised with the help of Merseyside Beagle Club, also raised money for beagle charities.
Sean, who brought his own five-year-old beagle, Chilli, to the event, added that the record was a long time coming for the club — which has 2,100 members on Facebook.
He said: ‘We actually tried for two years, as we had previously tried in 2017 to break the record for largest single-breed dog walk — but we just missed out on it.’
‘The beagle community is quite big. We actually opened another Facebook group to reach out beyond Merseyside.’
Dog owners were required to bring proof of breeding and age to the event — all of which was strictly recorded and passed on to experts at Guinness. And last Monday the organisation was finally satisfied as to the record’s legitimacy.
Sean said: ‘It normally only takes about 15 weeks to confirm a world record, but because Guinness is so strict, they wanted to make sure it was all done properly.’
One dog owner, who brought her pooches Roxy and Harley along, was PE teacher Abigail Henshall, 35, who said it was ‘very special’ to have been involved.
She added: ‘It is a special thing to say you have been part of a world record, not many people can say that.
‘There were people from all over the country, some had booked into hotels and there were beagles as far as the eye could see.
‘It must have been a massive undertaking for organisers, but it was an amazing event.’
Guinness World Records confirmed the Beaglelandia event in Cheshire had successfully broken the world record.