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Eric Shackle Writes: Where Is The World's Oldest Dog?

There are claims and counter-claims as to which is the oldest dog in the world, as ace reporter Eric Shackle reveals.

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Where on earth is the world's oldest dog? Poland is the latest country to
claim the title, which the US and Britain have hotly contested for years.

"Poland's oldest dog - quite possibly the oldest woofer in the world -
celebrated his 25th birthday in Poznan over the weekend in the company of
two four-legged female admirers," Poznan-Life.com
http://www.poznan-life.com/news/news/53-Poland reported.

"Minius, who was rescued some 25 years ago by the animal aid foundation
Zwierzeta i My (Animals and Us), was presented with a special cake for his
anniversary, which he shared with his two friends.

"Of course, as Minius was plucked from the Poznan streets, it's impossible
to know when his true birthday actually is. He could actually be a mighty 26
or 27, making him quite possibly the oldest dog on the planet.

"His current owner says that Minius, a mixed breed, is still in good shape,
but enjoys sleeping for much of the day...."

Posnan News http://www.thenews.pl/national/print.aspx?id=123871 says "The
oldest dog in Poland or possibly in the world, has just celebrated his
25th - or 26th (it's not certain) birthday.

"The story of Minius, a mixed breed, comes from animal aid foundation
Zwierzeta i My in the mid-western city of Poznan.

"Minius was a two-year-old stray when he was taken in from an animal shelter
by his first owner. When she died and he was found guarding her body, he was
taken over by the Foundation and found a new home.

"His current owner says that Minius, in spite of his age, is in good
condition but best likes to sleep."

Germany has a 25-year-old Bernese mountain dog called Penny, which is
described as "the Methusalah among the dogs". Here's a Google translation of
a German website:

Bernese mountain dog "Penny" is true with 25 as the Methuselah among the
dogs. Just recently, the news went through the headlines that dachshund lady
"Chanel died" as the oldest dog in the world at the age of 21 years near New
York. But reports from Bavaria, the mistress of the allegedly true
Methuselah among the dogs have their say. My Bernese Mountain Dog "Penny",
like "Chanel" a
dog lady, is already 25 years old and because of good Bavarian mountain
air was still alive and kicking. As an absolute record holder among the old
dogs subject to a Australian Cattle Dog, who made it up to 29 years.

In New York, the national newspaper USA Today published a story headed New
world's oldest dog? German woman claims hers is 25:

America's nominee for the world title is a terrier-mix named Max, owned by
Janelle Derouen, in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Louisiana WBRZ-TV reporter Katherine Gouder wrote last September

A woman and her best friend in New Iberia are waiting to hear back from
officials at Guinness World Records. They're waiting to see if Max, a 26
year old mixed terrior, is the world's oldest dog.

Janelle Derouen says she's worried whether Max will still
be around by the time the confirmation papers arrive. She sent the vet's
record of Max's birth and puppy shots from August of 1983 to Guinness.

Max is already five years older than current record holder, Chanel, a
dachshund who died this summer at 21 years old.

Guinness representatives say they've received thousands of claims for the
record since Chanel's death.

You can read more about Max and see his photo at http://tinyurl.com/n8nne2

Surpringly, two of Britain's national newspapers have shown more interest in
Max than have the US media. The Daily Mail,
and The Daily Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6001090/Worlds-oldest-dog-turns-26.html both ran a story and pictures about Max celebrating his
26th birthday last year.

What was the world's oldest dog of all time? An Australian cattle dog called
Bluey. Born on June 7, 1910, his 100th birthday will be celebrated this year
by people living in Rochester, a country town 130 miles (209 kilometers)
north of Melbourne, Victoria, not far from last year's disastrous bushfires.

Bluey worked among sheep and cattle for 20 years, and survived until
14, 1939, when he was put down.

He had lived for 29 years, five months and seven days, on a diet of
kangaroos and emus. According to Guinness, Bluey was the world's oldest dog,
a record that has never been beaten.

You can see his photo and read more about him at

Australia wonders whether its current oldest dog, a Tenterfield Terrier
named Daisy, aged 25, will live long enough to challenge Bluey's world

Daisy's owner, Julie Penlington, originally discovered the Tenterfield
terrier at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge when the poor one-eyed pooch was
five or six, so it's difficult to know Daisy's exact age.

Is Daisy the oldest pooch alive? Sarah Crawford asked, in Queensland's
Sunshine Coast Daily
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2009/12/23/is-daisy-the-oldest-pooch-on-the-planet/ .
She reported:

Daisy, the one-eyed tenterfield terrier from Mooloolaba, is not winning
beauty competitions, but she may be top dog in another category - the
oldest pooch.

The old girl has managed to conquer a long list of health problems and a
stint on death row at the pound to reach the age of 25. That means she
beats the
Guinness World Record holder by four years....
Besides having only one eye,
Daisy has had chronic asthma for five years and must be administered a
dose twice a day....
Ms Penlington, who is the president of 4 Paws Animal
Rescue, picked up Daisy from the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge 20 years
ago. At
the refuge, a vet had assessed Daisy as probably being six years old, but
age on her card was filled in as five years, to make her more attractive
potential owners.
"They had her there for nine months before I took her -
she was rescued from the pound," Ms Penlington said. "She had been running
around the ginger factory at Yandina for a couple of weeks when she was
Ms Penlington said she was considering registering Daisy with Guinness
World Records.
"The only reason I would do it is to let people see how a
little rescued pet can come from adversity and with love and attention can
a long, full life," she said.

Now comes news of a little-known Texan dachshund, Wiley, with his own blog,
http://tinyurl.com/y9bw4yb, who is said to have lived for 31 years. His
grieving Aunt Maryee
http://tinyurl.com/yl78o8x claims he was born on July 17, 1976, and crossed
the Rainbow Bridge on January 24, 2008.

We found this reference to Wiley:

The Daily Doxie has recently had a number of hits from people looking
for information on the life expectancy of a dachshund. So here is the
answer: 12 to 15 years. But take heart, we have a number of readers whose
wiener dogs have reached 17 and 18 years of age.

Thanks to the internet we also discovered, during the course of our
research, a website entitled "Wiley, the 31-year-old Dachshund."
Apparently, Wiley's owners have taken some steps to try and get him into the
Guinness World Book of Records... but no luck.

It seems he might have outlived his breeder, who is needed to vouch for
his puported longevity.Without the required papers, Wiley's not getting much
respect for his claim to the aged dog throne. The Waco Tribune declined to
print the news of his 30th birthday, leaving him to keep on keeping on via
the internet where his last blog post, written September 23, is entitled,
"I'm alive."

It's all very confusing. Which pooch do you think deserves to be called The
World's Oldest Dog?

FOONOTE: Forget that nonense about a dog's age being one seventh of a
human's. It's an old wives' tale. See "How old is your dog?"


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