Conqueiros (Portugal), May 15 (AP) — The world’s oldest dog recently celebrated its 31st birthday, according to Guinness World Records.
Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a Portuguese dog, was celebrated Saturday at a party at his home in the Portuguese village of Conqueiros, where he has spent his entire life.
Owner Leonel Costa said more than 100 people attended a “very traditional” Portuguese party.
Up to 100 guests can enjoy local meat and fish, with extras for Bobi, who eats only human food. A dance troupe also performed, and Poppy took part in one of their routines.
Costa has had several senior dogs in the past, including Bobby’s mother Gila, who lived until she was 18. However, Costa said he never imagined his dog would live into his 30s.
“We think of situations like this as a normal consequence of their lives, but Bobby is one of a kind,” Costa said.
According to Costa, one of the biggest contributors to Poppy’s longevity was the “calm, peaceful environment” in which he lived.
Throughout his life, Bobi has roamed freely in the forest surrounding Costa’s house. He was never chained or chained.
Costa said the “very sociable” dog was never alone because he grew up surrounded by many other animals.
Poppy, now a senior in high school, has trouble walking and prefers to hang out in the yard at home. His vision has deteriorated, which means he often bumps into things while walking. Like older people, Poppy sleeps a lot. His owner said he would lie in bed immediately after eating, though on cold days he would choose to take a nap by the fire.
Bobi’s date of birth has been confirmed by the Leiria Municipal Veterinary Medical Service, which registered Bobi in 1992.
His age was also verified with a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government.
Costa, 38, was 8 when Poppy was born. For him, he said, Poppy was a living reminder of the past.
Costa said: “Bobby is special because looking at him is like thinking of those people in our family who, unfortunately, are no longer there, like my father, my brother or my grandparents, they have left. The world.” Those generations. ” (Associated Press)
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