More than 1,000 beagles set a World Record for the largest single-breed dog walk.
In April 2018, Sean Parkinson coordinated an event just for beagle lovers. He organized “Beaglelandia” through Facebook groups 1,029 beagles made the trip from all over the UK to take a one-mile stroll around a park in Merseyside.
On January 10, The Guinness Book of World Records made the record official. The walk at Beaglelandia shattered the previous record set by 783 Yorkshire Terriers in Mexico.
Parkinson said Guinness had extremely strict rules, which complicated the task of applying for World Record status.
“You need to count every dog in and out. You need documentation for every dog allowed on the walk, to clarify they are an actual beagle,” he stated. “You need time keepers, to check it is done in the correct time. You need a vet on site, checking all the dogs are fit and healthy.”
But their efforts were rewarded. Beagle owners purchased tickets at attend Beaglelandia, which raised more than $13,000 for beagle charities.
Parkinson said he is coordinating another event to celebrate the achievement later this year, the proceeds of which will also go to charity.
“Me and Tilly will now be taking some time out, to enjoy all our hard work, and will only step up again if it the record is broken,” he stated.