Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Despite falling 142 dogs short of the Guinness World Records title for “most dogs attending a sporting event,” Petsmart says world-record run at Chase Field was a doggone success

Exactly 858 dogs paraded, gobbled treats and took in some baseball at Chase Field on Sun., May 1 — PetSmart, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Central Garden & Pet attempted to set a Guinness World Records title for the Most Dogs Attending a Sporting Event.

While the group came up short – just 142 dogs shy of the 1,000 dogs needed to set the record – the total number of dogs was more than double previous Bark at the Park events at Chase Field. 

According to the Guinness World Records organization, this was the first official attempt for this record.
The Guinness World Records attempt was heavily aided by the national kick-off of Bark at the Park at Chase Field, a traveling 12 game dog-friendly program where dog-loving fans can bring their best friends to a baseball game at stadiums across America.

Dogs and their pet parents can continue to take in D-backs games on the PetSmart Patio during the Dog Days of Summer, where all Sunday home games are dog-friendly. 

The PetSmart Patio features 30 “doggie suites” each accommodating four humans and one dog and all the human and doggie treats fans can eat. 

Adoptable dogs are also available at The Adopt Spot by PetSmart at Chase Field, where local animal welfare organizations feature dogs ready to find their forever homes among the D-backs’ fan base.
There were 15 adoptable dogs at the world record attempt from the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL); all were included in the count and nine pups were adopted as of the end of the sixth inning. Lucky dog Hyde, who was with the AAWL shelter for more than 200 days, found his forever home.

There are 10 more Dog Days of Summer games in the 2016 D-backs season. 

Go to www.dbacks.com/dogdays to purchase tickets. 

There are 11 more games in the national Bark at the Park series schedule. Go to www.petsmart.com/barkatthepark.

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