World's Oldest Pooch Turns 147! In dog years, that is...Published May 11, 2009
Ahhh ....the "dog days of summer" will soon be upon us, but apparently for one special Dachshund, counting the number of those hot and sultry days might indeed be difficult.
The Guinness Book of World Records presented this senior "dogizen" a certificate naming her as the World's Oldest Dog. Chanel, bless her little doggie heart, just turned twenty one on May 6, 2009. I am truly impressed! Chanel was also presented with a visit to a doggie hotel and spa to for further pooch pampering.
Jamie Panas, a spokesperson for the Guinness Book of world records said, "Chanel is the Guinness world record holder for the oldest living dog." A veterinarian's certificate was presented as well.
Photo credit: Meredith Daniels, Newsday / MCT
In "dog" years, Ms.Chanel has reached the incredible age of 147. The former record holder was a dog named Butch, who lived to the astounding age of 28, which calculated into dog years to be 198.
This little lady is seriously doted upon by her fur "mom", Denise Shaughnessy, a high school principal's secretary. She adopted this canine celebrant when she was just a tender six week old puppy, from a Virginia rescue shelter. While Chanel could run circles around most folks when younger, she takes it easy these days. She tires easily, suffers from joint problems, a benign tumor on her hind leg, and must wear dark glasses to protect her eyes, which are covered with cataracts. She does take short daily walks, but prefers to lounge around the house most of the time.
Taking everything into consideration, Chanel continues to live a protected peaceful life in the company of her loving owners. According to Mrs. Shaughnessy, she takes excellent care of her and commented during the birthday celebration, "I treat her like a person."
While providing Chanel the best physical care and feeding her nutritious dog food may be mainly responsible for her lofty age, I would bet my bottom dollar that Chanel must also have inherited some powerfully healthy genetics that have contributed to her extended long life. But no matter what the reason, The Shaughnessy family definitely has reason to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
So Happy Birthday from all of us to you, sweet Chanel. You are truly an inspiration for all pet lovers in the world.
Watch part of the birthday celebration with the video uploaded to YouTube by miolesou.
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