The tiny fox terrier won the title of "Oldest Dog Living" in May when she was 22 years and 50 days old.
Pebbles, the world's oldest living dog, died at the age of 22. In five months she would have turned 23. Pebbles "peacefully passed away from natural causes at her home in Taylors, South Carolina, with her owners Bobby and Julie Gregory by her side," Guinness World Records announced recently.
The tiny fox terrier earned the title of "Oldest Dog Living" in May when she was 22 years and 50 days old. The previous record holder was Toby Keith, a 21-year-old Chihuahua from Florida. Pebbles' parents realized that she was actually older than him and could therefore break the record. "Bobby was sitting on the couch and friends and family started texting and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog getting the record," Julie Gregory, Pebble's mom, told Guinness World Records. "When I saw TobyKeith’s story all over the news, I applied."
After submitting the paperwork Pebbles won the title. She was born on 28 March 2000 in Long Island, NY and according to her parents, she lived a long and happy life. Pebbles even gave birth to 32 dogs across three litters with her late partner, Rocky. Rocky was also a toy fox terrier who passed away in 2017 at the age of 16. As for Pebbles, "she spent her days enjoying country music and being loved," Julie Gregory wrote in a press release. "She enjoyed trying new foods, she was pampered, and most of all she was loved."
The tiny terrier perked up with warm baths and good food. In 2012 she switched to a cat food diet (due to its enhanced protein). Her parents let her indulge in ribs and a cake on her 22nd birthday. The reason for her long life? Showering her with plenty of love and attention, said Julie. Pebbles will be remembered for her appreciation of country music and her love for the summer and, of course, for being a world record holder. "She was a once-in-a-lifetime companion, and it was our honor to have had the blessing to have had her as a pet and family member," her mom said after Pebbles' death. As of now, the organization has not revealed a new record holder for the "Oldest Dog Living" title. The title of oldest dog ever belongs to an Australian shepherd named Bluey, who lived to be over 29 years old, reports PEOPLE.
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