Pop Star: Calgary dog bursts balloons on way to Guinness World Record

Update April 11:

It’s official. Toby has a new world record.


Here’s more proof just about anything can be a record set by just about anyone — or critter.

Toby, a 9-year-old Whippet, attempted to break the record for fastest time to pop 100 balloons by a dog, as judged by the folks at Guinness World Records.

That eye-popping title had been held by a Jack Russell terrier named Twinkie, who achieved the ear-busting feat in 39.08 seconds in Moorpark, California back on March 29, 2014. (Twinkie’s mother, Anastasia, previously owned the record. Because, of course.)

On Sunday, Toby, and owner Christie Springs,  threw everything they had at the feat.

“You know what they said about you,” Springs barked at Toby, to pump him up. “They said that you’re not fast enough.”

And before a few dozen fans, gathered at a YMCA in Calgary, Toby chewed, clawed and pounced his way to a fleet-footed time of 36.25 seconds, which once verified will be officially be a new world record, and no doubt, deflate Twinkie.

Yup, that Whippet good.

An elated Christie Springs with Toby, a Whippet that is very good a balloon popping/Chris Doucher

Photos Chris Doucher

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