Nearly 100 dogs attempted to break a Guinness World Record yesterday on Saunton Beach by all sitting at the same time for 30 seconds.
The challenge was organised by North Devon charity Dogs Helping Kids and managed to raised more than £1,000.
To beat the world record there needed to be 101 dogs and each dog had to sit off a lead for half a minute.
Unfortunately there were only 94 dogs by the time the challenge had to begin despite organiser and Dogs Helping Kids founder Tracey Berridge rounding up an extra 20 dogs just minutes before the sit began.
VIDEO: The dogs and their owners get into position
VIDEO: The challenge is attempted
Despite not breaking the world record the challenge has meant the charity has now broken its target of raising £20,000, which it set out to do in conjunction with the Journal in June 2011.
After the challenge had finished Tracey said: “Even though we didn’t break the world record it has been great event and we have reached out fundraising target.
“It has taken just over two years to break it but now we have, which is amazing.
“I definitely think we will do the event next year, I was so impressed with all the dogs – they were all so good.
“I managed to get an extra 20 from people walking along the beach just before but we just didn’t quite make it.”
To make the event take place Tracey and fellow organiser Steph French have been working on the plans since May and today there were 15 volunteers helping to make it run smoothly.
Cathy Karniewicz, from Goodleigh, took part with her dog Willow, who is three years old.
Cathy said: “I have been practicing with Willow but there are so many other dogs here it is going to be difficult.”
Michelle Dart was also taking part with her dog Logan who is 14 months old.
Michelle said: “I have been doing as much sitting practice with Logan as possible but it is going to be difficult - so fingers crossed.”