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Will this be the world’s biggest dog walk?

Thousands of dogs will be heading to the South Shields coastline on Sunday 19 June to help create a new world record for the largest ever dog walk.

The mutts and their owners will be taking part in the Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk which looks set to attract around 5,500 pets.

Last year, 5,017 dogs entered, representing 131 breeds, which was enough to establish a new world record. Now, in the face of stiff competition from America, the challenge is on to keep the title in the UK.

Sponsors Butcher’s Pet Care are backing the bid, which sets off at 10am at the Gypsies Green Stadium, making sure that this year’s event is bigger and better than ever. Brand Manager Alison Cockcroft explained: "With more attractions on the day, and extra advertising support, we’ve had record numbers of people sign up already, so we’re confident we’ll get even more on the day.

"This world record attempt is all about making history, having fun, raising money for charity, and enjoying a lovely walk - the views of the coastline are spectacular. It gives Butcher’s the perfect platform to promote our commitment to fitness and natural quality ingredients."

The Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk is 3.5 miles, along the scenic coastline. Last year, the event raised thousands of pounds for charity, and money raised this year will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Pets as Therapy, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the RSPCA and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

Competitors will also be able to take part in the Butcher’s Cup, which goes to the dog that completes the fastest lap. The time to beat is 17 minutes and 52 seconds.

To sign up, call the doggy mobile on 07947 936888.