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VIDEO: Toby the Whippet Snags New World Record in Balloon Popping

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An incredibly fast pup from Canada has set the new world record as fastest balloon-popping canine, beating the previous record by more than 2-seconds.

In celebration of National Pet Day, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™, the global authority on record breaking, annouced a new record for Fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog.

Toby, a male Whippet – whose official pedigree name is Loughren Christmas Star – attempted the record recently on his 9th birthday, witnessed by an excited audience of children at the YMCA in Calgary, Canada.

“Toby and I have volunteered as entertainment for the community for all of our lives together,” said owner Christie Springs. “Popping balloons was just one of Toby’s many talents. He has always been amazing to me and others.”

The video featuring previous record holder Twinkie the Jack Russell Terrier from California, USA, became a viral hit online, with over 84 million views on the official Guinness World Records Facebook page. After watching the video, Christie was convinced that Toby could have a pop at the record title.

Toby the Whippet has been fond of balloon popping from a young age. “It escalated to the point where we were filling our outdoor swimming pool full of balloons to see how many the dogs could pop and entertain the neighborhood,” Christie told CBC news.

The time to beat was 39.08 seconds. With a lightning-fast time of 36.53 seconds to pop 100 balloons using his teeth and claws, we’re very pleased to announce that Toby is now Officially Amazing.

The hotly-contested record has been attempted successfully several times in recent years and was previously achieved by Cally the Wonderdog and Mitch Jenkins on the set of the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-final back in May 2015.

Do you have a balloon-popping dog at home? Is he up for the challenge?

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