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Byline: JOHN FAHEY

A TIGHTROPE walking dog has swept into the latest edition of Guinness World Records.

Ozzy, a border collie/kelpie crossbreed, has entered the famous tome for the "Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog".

The four-year-old, a native of Anglesey, crossed a 3.5m (11.4ft) rope in 18.22 seconds at the Faith Animal Rescue Centre in Norfolk. Ozzy now lives in Norwich with his owner, 51-year-old carpenter Nick Johnson, who has no formal dog training experience but learned the techniques from the internet.

Mr Johnson said: "As Ozzy's parents are working sheepdogs on a farm, it's in his blood to want to work closely with me. Ozzy is most happy when he's working on the tricks that we do and regards it as a game. We 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 added: "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."

Ozzy joins a host of bizarre and whacky animals and people in the world record book, including James Brown, of Nottingham, with the Largest Collection of Vacuum Cleaners - a whopping 322 models.

Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said: "This eclectic and fascinating selection of record holders perfectly demonstrates the breadth and the peculiarity of this year's book."

Other remarkable feats include Italian Fabio Reggiani who constructed the world's Largest Rideable Motorcycle which measures 5.10m (16.8ft) from the ground to the handlebars. Six times bigger than a normal motorcycle, it weighs five tonnes.

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Ozzyon the tightrope and (inset) world's biggest ridable motorbike
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 12, 2013
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