The Mighty Texas Dog Walk lives up to its name, usually drawing at least 10,000 people and their dogs. This year, they're hoping to set the record with most dogs walked: 18,000. They've done this two times before but need to win back the title from the Brits. The walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The folks at Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, who use the walk as their main fundraiser for the year, have their sights on three more records and you can participate in those, too:

Biggest Fur Ball. Bring your dog's brushed out hair to add to a giant "Fur-O-Sphere" for the noon weigh-in. The goal is 67 pounds.

Most Dogs Wearing the Same Bandana. They're trying for 200, and Petco bandanas will be available. 12:30 p.m.

Most Dogs Sitting at Once. That goes down at 1 p.m. and the goal is 700 dogs.

Besides the walk and the records, there will be games, music, food and even a performance by the Purina Incredible Dog Team. It's a day of fun for a serious cause: Texas Hearing and Service Dogs takes dogs out of shelters and trains them to be working dogs for people with disabilities. The dogs are given free of charge, but it costs $18,000 and takes one year to train a dog. Right now, the waiting list to get a dog is about two years. Sheri Soltes, founder and president of Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, says they'd like to cut down that wait to less than a year, and to do that, they need more money to train more dogs. They have 13 dogs from seven Texas shelters being trained right now — it's all done with positive reinforcement — and hope to have 15 dogs in their next training group later this year.

Registration for the Mighty Texas Dog Walk, which is at Auditorium Shores, is $25 in advance and $30 on Saturday. You can sign up online at www.servicedogs.org/dogwalk12, where you'll also find details for registering at Petco or by mail and packet pickup information.

Dress up your dog

Leslie Cochran, our city's well-known and much-loved cross-dressing celebrity who died last month, is the inspiration for this year's Easter Pet Parade and Costume Contest at Jo's Coffee. Yes, you're encouraged to put your dog in drag for the festivities. The parade starts at noon Saturday at Annie Street and South Congress Avenue, and travels down to Jo's for the contest, plus kid- and pet-friendly activities and booths. Pre-registration is $10 through 9 p.m. Friday and $20 on the day of the event; proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive! Go to joscoffee.com to register and for more information.

Contact Sharon Chapman at 445-3647; schapman@statesman.com