Bobi, the current holder of the title of the world’s oldest dog, celebrated his 31st birthday on May 11. Born in 1992, the Portuguese dog was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest dog ever on February 2, 2023. Leonel Costa, Bobi’s 38-year-old owner, celebrated the milestone with a traditional Portuguese birthday party held at their home.
Depending on their size, dogs can be considered seniors once they reach between 7 and 11 years of age. At 31 years old, USA Today reports, Bobi is in good health. While his eyesight is declining, recent visits to the vet show a clean bill of health. He sleeps a lot these days, and when it’s cold, he loves to nap by the fire.
Owner Leonel Costa credits his dog’s longevity to the peaceful environment that they live in. Bobi lives in a rural Portuguese village and has easy access to a nearby forest. He grew up surrounded by different animals, and he’s never been chained or leashed due to his very sociable nature.
Making Your Canine Companion’s Special Events Count
While dogs don’t exactly understand the specifics of events like birthdays and national holidays, many canine companions appreciate being included in these activities. Celebrations that are centered on dogs are best carried out with objects that dogs find fun, such as pet-friendly food, custom dog toys, a personalized pet toy basket, and perhaps even the company of other canine companions. It’s also an option to send these pups home with their own dog treat bags as a souvenir from the celebration.
Just like Bobi, your own pooch could be getting on in their years. When they transition from being sprightly young puppies or adults to senior dogs who just want to enjoy the good things in life, be ready to welcome their twilight years with joyfulness and gratitude.
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