Ozzy the dog may be fit for the circus.
The 4-year-old border collie/kelpie mix made the Guinness Book of World Records by crossing a 11.4-foot tight rope in 18.22 seconds at the Faith Animal Rescue Center in Norfolk, England. The English pup, whose full name is Osbert Humperdinck Pumpernickle, hails from Norwich and earned the title of the Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog.
Nick Johnson, Ozzy’s owner, has no formal dog training experience. Yet the agile dog is able to swinging on a chain, free run along a narrow ledge, and balance on Johnson’s shoulders as he cycles.
"It makes me feel so happy and proud that Ozzy and I have such a strong friendship and relationship we can work together on tricks and games that get the recognition of Guinness World Records," Johnson told The Telegraph.
Despite his remarkable talent to cross a rope on four paws, Johnson says Ozzy remains a normal dog. "Ozzy is most happy when he's working on the tricks that we do and regards it as a game. We also only practice when Ozzy is in the mood, after he's done all his important dog stuff, like sniffing around and meeting other dogs," he said.
The tightrope-walking dog is among a slew of animal record breakers to make the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Happie the goat set a new world record for goat skateboarding, riding 36 meters in 25 seconds. Milly the Chihuahua, who is 9.65 cm tall, became the smallest dog living in terms of height, and a 2-foot-one-inch Mediterranean donkey named KneeHi was dubbed the world’s shortest donkey.
In the human world, James Brown from the UK has the record for the largest dust-busting vacuum cleaner collection, Fabio Reggiani from Italy has the world’s largest rideable motorcycle and 12-year-old Rohan Kokane from India broke the record for the lowest limbo skater.