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An entire park full of playful, happy, beautiful dogs is an animal lover's idea of heaven. But that became reality at one park in Australia, where hundreds of adorable pooches gathered to help set an unofficial record.
The Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) wanted to get pets and their masters down to Willaston Oval over the weekend to help raise some money for charity. The official count came in at a whopping 576 border collies and more than $6,000 (£3,530) was donated.
The new record beat out an attempt made in 2013 by TV veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren, who managed to get 503 border collies in one place. While the record isn't officially recognised by the Guinness World Record books (because they don't hold breed-specific accomplishments), it's still an amazing feat.
The organisation's picture attracted hundreds of Facebook likes and comments, with many people and groups congratulating them on the effort. One dog walker said: "Such a fabulous day, even the wind couldn't stop the count! Well done everyone and it was such a privilege to be involved."
Another participant said: "Fantastic result. Congratulations to all the wonderful dogs and owners who joined in on the count, well done."
But they're not the first to organise a mass rally of adorable dogs of the same breed in one place. Just under a thousand Chihuahuas came from across the UK to gather in Buckinghamshire last month, to set a Guinness World Record for the largest dog yoga session.
The achievement is still being assessed by officials; however, it obliterated the previous record which was held in China by 275 pet owners and their pups. Event founder Rachel Louise Monk told Dogs Monthly: "As a nation we are known for being dog crazy. Chihuahuas are rapidly becoming one of the country's most popular breeds because of the huge character they carry in their tiny frames."
Welsh woman, Charlotte Baldwin, organised a huge collection of more than 600 sausage dogs in Ogmore-by-Sea last August. Owners came from Scotland, Stoke, Dorset, Devon, and Shropshire to help get as many dachshunds at the event.
However, it fell just short of the current Guinness World Record that occurred in Mexico two years ago, when 783 Yorkshire Terriers marched on the Avenida de la Reforma in Mexico City. Ms Baldwin says she's insistent on making another event this year to set a new world record.
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