Oldest dog on record - Bobi

The world’s oldest verified dog, Bobi, bid farewell to this world just three days ago, on the 21st of October 2023. 

He led a content life in a serene village in Portugal.

Bobi’s remarkable journey began in 1992 when he was born in a humble firewood storage room. 

At the time, his current owner, Costa, couldn’t afford to care for numerous dogs. Costa made a valiant effort to part with all the puppies. 

However, he clandestinely concealed Bobi among the logs. Bobi’s survival was attributed to his exquisite wooden-colored fur, which allowed him to escape detection and escape being buried.

His life was one of tranquility and joy. On his 31st birthday, which was celebrated on the 11th of May 2023, over a hundred neighbors gathered to revel in his existence, dancing, drinking, and ensuring that Bobi relished his favorite dishes.

Bobi never knew the constraints of chains or leashes; he roamed freely every day. He exuded friendliness towards various animals and savored human food, harvested fresh from his owner’s garden. His meals were lovingly prepared with seasoning removed each day, and he stayed well-hydrated, consuming a liter of water daily.

In 2023, Bobi shattered records. He surpassed the previous record for the oldest dog on record, held by a female Austrian Cattle Dog named Bluey from Victoria, Australia, who lived for 29 years and 5 months, a record unbroken for 83 years. 

He also surpassed the record for the oldest living dog, previously held by a 23-year-old Chihuahua named Spike from Ohio, United States, in December 2022.

(With Bobi’s passing, Spike reclaims the title of the oldest living dog, and we hope that Spike enjoys an even longer life.)

Sadly, all great tales have their concluding chapter. On the 21st of October 2023, at the age of 31, Bobi took his final bow, leaving a void in the hearts of those who had followed his incredible journey.

Dr. Karen Becker, renowned for her expertise in animal health, confirmed the world’s collective grief with the announcement of Bobi’s peaceful departure. It serves as a reminder that even in life’s twilight, this extraordinary dog left an indelible mark on the world, forever cherished and remembered.

After reading Bobi’s story, here are some tips about how to take care of an old dog: 

Caring for old dogs requires special attention and consideration to ensure their comfort and well-being during their golden years. 

Firstly, maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet tailored to their aging needs is crucial. Older dogs may have different dietary requirements, including supplements for joint health and controlled portions to manage weight. 

Regular veterinary check-ups become increasingly important, addressing any emerging health issues promptly. 

Exercise should be adjusted to accommodate their reduced energy levels and potential mobility issues. Gentle activities like short walks and low-impact exercises help keep them active without causing strain. Providing a warm and comfortable environment, possibly with orthopedic bedding, supports their aging joints. 

Mental stimulation through interactive toys and activities helps keep their minds sharp. Lastly, showering them with love, attention, and patience is essential as they navigate the challenges that come with aging. 

Regular grooming, dental care, and observing changes in behavior are vital components of a comprehensive care routine for senior dogs.

Last but least, wish your lovely dogs are healthy and fine and live a long life 🙂 

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