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Austin Goes for Guinness Record-Breaking Dog Walk?

A participant and her pal in last year's Texas Dog Walk.
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A participant and her pal in last year's Texas Dog Walk.

Austin goes to the dogs this weekend as the city attempts to break four canine-related Guinness World Records on Saturday at Auditorium Shores.

The 14th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk will try to break several records: the World’s Largest Dog Walk, the Biggest Hairball, the Most Dogs Wearing the Same Bandana, and the Most Dogs Sitting at Once.  The three-mile dog walk along Lady Bird Lake will include water stops for both pooches and people.  

11,256 dogs participated in the event in 2010, which was thought to be the record. According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the largest dog walk was held in Great Britain that same year.  That walk had 18,113 dogs with 178 types of breeds.  The organizers of the British event claim that record was broken yet again in 2011 with a tally of 22,742 dogs.  

The daylong fundraiser, which includes music and exhibits, is organized by Hearing and Service Dogs, a group that rescues and trains dogs to assist people with hearing loss and disabilities.  

For those interested in having their pets participate in the walk, registration will be $30 per dog at Auditorium Shores. 

Daniel Guerra is an intern at KUT News
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