+

Imagine going down to a park and meeting a dog.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

And then another dog.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.


And then another dog. Or maybe two more dogs. Wouldn't that be the best day ever?

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Well what if you got to meet those four wonderful pups ... and then 30,110 more after that?

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

If you live in South Shields, England, this might have been your weekend.

On June 4, 2017, the small city of South Shields, England, was home to the 27th Annual Great North Dog Walk.

The start of the walk. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

The event, started by physical education teacher Tony Carlisle back in 1990, brings together dog owners and their pups for a brisk stroll along the North English coast.

The route goes along The Leas, a National Trust area along the North Sea. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Carlisle says seeing the event grow from 13 hounds and a few of his students to a grand total of 30,114 participants this year is pretty mind-blowing.

"I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined it'd get as big as this," Carlisle says.

Over 180 different breeds of dog showed up, according to Carlisle. From the very small...

Two pugs stop for a meet and greet. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

...to the very large.

Definitely a gentle giant, this one. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

From the elegant...

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

...to the stylish...

These Chinese crested dogs have a natural flair for the dramatic. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

...to the suspiciously bipedal.

Dear Lord, that is the happiest dog I have ever seen. Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

The event has gathered at least 16 Guinness World Records over the years.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Similar dog walking events have popped up in places like Texas, Canada, and Scotland, and have occasionally stolen the title of World's Largest, but it's hard to unseat the king. Carlisle is confident this year's walk will be another record-breaker.

A lot of dogs means a lot of dog dishes! Photo from Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

The best part of the event, though, is that it's not just a chance to get out and meet some dogs. It's raised millions for charity too.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Participants in the dog walk can sign up to donate from one of 34 different beneficiaries, from pet shelters to veteran support to cancer research. Over the last 27 years, the Dog Walk's raised about $8.67 million (6.72 million pounds), according to Carlisle.

Not bad for a day out with your pooch.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

Of course, walking 30,000 dogs comes with some ... logistics.

Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

"Every walker's given a poo bag," says Carlisle. And they have plenty of bins on site.

Good plan.

Pop Culture

She bought the perfect wedding dress that went viral on TikTok. It was only $3.75

Lynch is part of a growing line of newlyweds going against the regular wedding tradition of spending loads of money.

Making a priceless memory

Upon first glance, one might think that Jillian Lynch wore a traditional (read: expensive) dress to her wedding. After all, it did look glamorous on her. But this 32-year-old bride has a secret superpower: thrifting.

Lynch posted her bargain hunt on TikTok, sharing that she had been perusing thrift shops in Ohio for four days in a row, with the actual ceremony being only a month away. Lynch then displays an elegant ivory-colored Camila Coelho dress. Fitting perfectly, still brand new and with the tags on it, no less.

You can find that exact same dress on Revolve for $220. Lynch bought it for only $3.75.
Keep ReadingShow less

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


Addie Rodriguez was supposed to take the field with her dad during a high school football game, where he, along with other dads, would lift her onto his shoulders for a routine. But Addie's dad was halfway across the country, unable to make the event.

Her father is Abel Rodriguez, a veteran airman who, after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was training at Travis Air Force Base in California, 1,700 miles from his family in San Antonio at the time.

"Mom missed the memo it was parent day, and the reason her mom missed the memo was her dad left Wednesday," said Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie's mom. She continued, "It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away. It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country."

Keep ReadingShow less
Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.