576 Border Collies Showed Up at a Park in Australia to Break a World Record
There are amazing things happening all over the world every day. People are building islands, engineers are working to end in-flight turbulence, there’s an advent calendar made entirely of miniature wine bottles.
But these small miracles pale in comparison to what happened in a park in Australia over the weekend, when almost 600 Border Collies showed up to break the world record for most Border Collies ever gathered.
The 576 dogs showed up (with their owners) in a park in Adelaide, Australia, on Sunday to break a world record and to raise money for animal-related charities.
The World Record Attempt and Fun Day was organized by the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) and raised $4,700 ($6,00 AUD) for three different dog charities: Scruffer Lovers, Guardian Angel and SA Dog Rescue.
Border Collie owners paid a $5 entrance fee for the event, which featured a variety of dog-related booths, activities and treats.
The organization also allowed mixed-breed dogs to attend — as long as they looked like Border Collies.
There was dogilates, where owners could learn how to do pilates with their canine companions. A photographer came to shoot portraits of the Border Collies and their owners. Dogs even had the option to caffeinate, with a booth serving puppicino probiotic drinks.
Although the event won’t ever be officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records (the organization does not keep track of breed-specific records), BOSCA still says that it’s the largest gathering of Border Collies in history.
The previous record was set in 2013 when 503 Border Collies showed up under the orchestration of TV veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren.