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‘Safe Paws’ Japan Pooch Sets Yoga Ball Speed Record

TOKYO (AFP) – A floppy-eared Japanese beagle with paw-fect yoga skills has scampered into the record books after setting the world mark for the “fastest 10 metres travelled on a ball by a dog.”

Ten-year-old female Purin — the Japanese for “pudding” — shot to fame last year when footage of the fluffy pooch breaking the Guinness World Record for the “most balls caught by a dog with the paws in one minute” went viral.

Not content with putting Japan’s J-League goalkeepers to shame, Purin will have yoga fanatics sobbing into their yoghurt after nimbly steering an inflatable training ball over a distance of 10 metres in just 10.39 seconds to become a double world record holder.

Purin, who lives with her owner Makoto Kumagai in Tokyo, broke her latest mark in some style, first produced her record-breaking balancing act on March 23 — when dog-lovers around the world celebrated National Puppy Day — clocking 11.9 seconds.

Ever the perfectionist, she went out and shattered that mark on Sunday.

“Purin is a superstar in her own right now, having achieved double-record status with her latest exploits,” said Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday.

“Justin Bieber is the youngest artist ever to achieve five number one albums — but can he run 10 metres on a Swiss ball?”

Purin made “Beliebers” of the doubters in September by saving 14 mini footballs in a minute by standing on her hind legs and catching them with her paws.

The fluffy keeper expertly brought the ball into her chest in textbook fashion — doubtless to avoid “ruff” tactics from opposing strikers.

The multi-talented beagle can also skateboard, walk on two legs and skip with a rope, helped by Kumagai.

Japan owns some of the strangest Guinness records, including the world’s heaviest strawberry, tipping the scales at a whopping 250 grammes (8.82 ounces), and the biggest-ever baby crawling contest, set by 601 bawling toddlers in Yokohama last November.

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