Chihuahua Sets a Guinness World Record as the Oldest Living Dog

21-year-old Chihuahua dog sits in car
Chihuahua Sets a Guinness World Record as the Oldest Living Dog
21-year-old Chihuahua TobyKeith is living the good life in Florida

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A Chihuahua named TobyKeith has claimed the title for oldest dog alive, receiving the honour from Guinness World Records at 21 years and 66 days old. His secret? A daily walk and a slice of turkey.

Greenacres, Florida resident Gisela Shore adopted TobyKeith, formerly named Peanut Butter, when he was just a pup. An elderly couple had contacted Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League to surrender their Chihuahua puppy. Shore, who volunteers for the non-profit, went to assess the situation and ended up falling for the diminutive dog—“It was love at first sight”—renaming the then two-pound Chihuahua for the musician.

TobyKeith has since seen his pet parent through a divorce and remarriage and has welcomed all the pets Shore fosters—more than 150 so far. He also calls rescue dogs Lala and Luna, and two parrots, Coco and Coqui, family.

“People can’t believe how good he looks for his age,” says Shore, who attributes TobyKeith’s good health to a loving home, exercise, a healthy diet (chicken, rice, veggies), and no sugary treats.

TobyKeith marked the occasion with some carrot muffin—a favourite treat—and a car ride.  “He loves car rides, so that’s how he celebrated,” Shore says.

 

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

 

 

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