The world’s oldest dog, a Rafeiro do Alentejo named Bobi, has died at the ripe age of 31-years-old at a veterinary hospital in Portugal, and I am not okay. I can’t stand a story where the dog dies at the end, but dying before it starts isn’t any better.
Bobi had been recognised by Guinness World Records to be not only the current oldest dog alive, but also the oldest dog to have ever lived.
Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, said in an interview that Bobi was born when he was only eight-years-old himself, on May 11 1992. However, it was not an easy start to life for Bobi.
Upon Bobi’s birth, Costa’s parents decided his family had too many animals to take care of, and took the newborn litter of puppies away to be killed.
Little did they know, they had left a days-old Bobi behind, who was found and hidden by Costa.
And then he lived for 31 years. Making him older than Miley Cyrus, the movie Mrs Doubtfire, and the Playstation 1.
The oldest goodest boy’s death was announced by Bobi’s vet, Dr Karen Becker in a post on Facebook.
“Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on Earth would never be enough for those who loved him,” she wrote.
Stop it, I’m bawling.
Typically dog’s of Bobi’s breed are only supposed to live for up to 14 years, however Bobi easily doubled that.
According to Costa, Bobi’s longevity came from living a good life filled with plenty of human food, water, and socialising. And honestly, any human who’s still able to do that at Bobi’s age is also killing it, let’s be real.
Prior to Bobi, the record for the world’s oldest dog was held by an Australian cattle dog called Bluey, (sharing a name with the other dog that can easily make adults in their 20’s cry like a child) who lived to the age of 29, and passed away in 1939.
The Guinness World Records have reported it was “saddened to learn of the death of Bobi.” Join the club guys, join the club.
Image Source: Facebook/Dr Karen Becker.