Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr
The oldest dog: Guinness book of records dies in Japan aged 26. Pusuke died at a ripe old age, and as the world’s oldest dog, it’s ironic that the life of this pooch was shortened by being hit by a car. I lived in Japan for 10 years, and witnessed the bond that the Japanese have with their dogs—and it’s definitely a union that Westerner’s could relate to.
I had a dog in Japan that lived to be 22 years of age, and, when she died, the local village got together with us to celebrate the life of our beloved dog. It was moving, to say the least, that Sandy had such an impact on all of the people in our community.
Oldest Dog: Guinness Book of Records Dies in Japan Aged 26
Utsynomiya, Japan – The world’s oldest dog has died in Sakura, Japan, at the age of 26 years, eight months – equivalent to 125 human years – his owner said.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports:
Pusuke, certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living dog last year, died Monday at his home, owner Yumiko Shinohara said. Pusuke is believed to have died of old age.
The dog was born at the home of one of Shinohara’s relatives in March 1985 and was registered as a pet on April 1 that year.
In 2008, he suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car. A veterinarian told Shinohara it would be difficult to save Pusuke’s life, but the dog underwent successful surgery.
In December 2010, Pusuke was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living dog, breaking the previous longevity record of 21 years, three months.
According to Shinohara, Pusuke’s physical condition took a sudden turn for the worse Monday. The dog did not eat breakfast, which had never happened before, and died quietly at about 1:30 p.m., surrounded by Shinohara and her family.
Shinohara, 42, said Pusuke looked fine and normal until the previous day.
“I was with Pusuke for 26 years and I felt as if he was my child. I thank him for living so long with me,” Shinohara said. Click here to visit the original source of this post
The oldest dog: Guinness book of records dies in Japan aged 26 was Pusuke, and, much like the passing of my own dog, Sandy, the death of Pusuke has hit home with the locals who not only loved her, but also sympathize with the family who owned the dog.
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