Oldest dog on record: 26 years, 8 months

Micu lived in Transylvania. He never tasted dog food and never met a veterinarian. He lived to 27 and only passed away, unfortunately, due to an accident. “Micu” means “the small one,” but he was a medium size black shepherd, my grandmother’s beloved companion. I met Micu when I was three. I was away in distant lands when he crossed the bridge. When I learned the average dog lifespan, when I stared at the charts in the veterinarian offices, I’d think of Micu and his long life.

Now from Japan, news of the oldest dog prove those charts are not entirely accurate, or perhaps they need to give a bit more space to that Gaussian average to include the longer than average lifespans:

    We are saddened to learn that Pusuke, the world’s oldest living dog, according to Guinness, died a couple of days ago in Sakura, Japan. The fluffy tan Shiba mix suddenly fell ill and refused to eat or go on his morning walk, said his owner, Yumiko Shinohara. Pusuke was 26 years and 8 months old.

London, Dec 7, 2011- The world’s oldest dog died aged 26 years and nine months in Japan earlier this week at his owner’s home.
Pusuke, a male crossbreed, passed away peacefully at his home in Japan. He had been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog, the Sun reported.
A devastated owner Yumiko Shinohara said that her beloved pet was healthy and active until Monday, when he began struggling to breath.
Pusuke died just minutes after Yumiko returned home in Tochigi prefecture.
‘I think he waited for me to come home,’ she said.
Pusuke, however, died two years and eight months shy of the record for the oldest dog to have ever lived, a title held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five months.

Notes:
World’s oldest dog dies ahead of 27 birthday, By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Wed, Dec 7, 2011
in.news.yahoo.com/worlds-oldest-dog-dies-ahead-27-birthday-174131081.html

Rest in peace, old fella:, Day In Pictures Thursday December 8, 2011
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/g/a/2011/12/08/dip.DTL

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