Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All Dogs Go to Heaven II: World's Oldest Dog Dies at 26

Photo Credit: Reuters/The Daily Mail

A dog that was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest living canine on the planet has died at the age of 26.

Pusuke, a male cross breed, died peacefully on Monday afternoon at Sakura in Tochigi prefecture, Japan, according to the dog's owner Yumiko Shinohara. At 26 years of age, he would have been the equivalent of a 125-year-old human, animal experts say. 

Shinohar told Japanese press that Pusuke had maintained a healthy appetite and was able to complete several walks a day for exercise until earlier in the week when he suddenly stopped eating and became listless and had difficulty breathing. He died after Shinohara had returned home from running errands, prompting his owner to believe, "I think [Pusuke] waited for me to come home [to die]." 

The beloved pet was born in March, 1985, when Ronald Reagan was President. Before Pusuke's inclusion in The Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest dog listed was a beagle born in the United States, who died in 2003 at the age of 25.

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