Have you ever wanted to meet a living legend? Well now’s your chance! Bobi, a 30-year-old Rafeiro do Alentejo from Conqueiros in Leiria, Portugal has officially earned himself the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest living dog. Let’s take a look at how Bobi managed to outlast his breed’s average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years and become the record holder.
A Miraculous Escape
Believe it or not, Bobi was never supposed to reach his ripe old age! His owners had too many dogs on their farm and were prepared to put him down along with his siblings after their birth; however, he luckily managed to escape. Fortunately for Bobi, his incredible luck didn’t end there. He was found and taken in by the owner’s son. He kept the puppy a secret from his parents until the newborn dog’s eyes opened. Generally, at the time, people wouldn’t put down puppies if their eyes were open.
The Secret Behind Bobi’s Longevity? No Leash and Human Food.
It turns out that living in a peaceful environment without ever having been chained up or leashed is key to Bobi’s longevity. In addition, he is fed food similar to that of his owners but without seasonings. Eating real food helps him stay healthy and strong. Clearly, Bobi’s secret to living such a long life is to be surrounded by people who love him and take good care of him.
Editor’s Note: Giving dogs table food is a controversial topic for many dog owners but if you do feed your dog ‘human food’ or plan to in the future, it’s important to choose real foods that are safe for dogs and to do your own research.
Spike, The Former ‘Oldest Living Dog’ Record Holder
Bobi has taken the record from Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived between 1910 and 1939. He passed away at the age of 29 years and 5 months. Bluey was knocked off his throne as the oldest living dog by Spike – a small 23-year-old Chihuahua from Camden, Ohio. Despite being in his golden years, Spike is still relatively healthy. But he faces common issues that dogs experience as they age such as vision and hearing loss. However, despite his failing health, Spike still finds joy in visiting cows, horses, and cats in his owner’s town. Chihuahuas are often labeled as apartment dogs but Spike prefers to live out the rest of his life hanging out with his animal friends and enjoying all love and care from his loving family.
Oldest Living Dog Is an Inspiration for All
Bobi’s story is an inspiring reminder of how well dogs like him and Spike can age and enjoy a long life with the right care and environment. He continues to break records for his breed, proving that anything is possible when you have amazing dog owners! The world has yet to see what other miracles Bobi can accomplish in his remaining years.
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