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Goalkeeping dog in league of her own

Friday September 11th 2015

Purin the pet dog has proved herself to be a kind of canine Joe Hart by performing record-breaking goalkeeping heroics. The ball-saving beagle showed the safe handling that is associated with the Manchester City and England No.1 by getting a Guinness World Record for catching.

The nine-year-old pooch caught 14 successive balls, beating her previous total of 11. Whereas former Arsenal and England goalkeeping great David Seaman was known as "Safe Hands", Purin can justifiably claim the nickname "Safe Paws".

But goalkeeping isn't Purin's only talent. The Japan-based hound can also walk upright, skip with a rope and skateboard.

Her owner Makoto Kumagai, who lives in Tokyo, says Purin is happy, calm and always ready to play. The latest Guinness World Records book is pet-heavy this year.

Purin's feats are joined by the world's fastest pet tortoise. Bertie beat the 38-year-old previous record with a speedy 0.6mph at Brasside's Adventure Valley in Durham in July of last year.

Copyright Press Association 2015