His owner adopted him from an animal shelter when he was just a few months old.
The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the world’s oldest living dog is in Greenacres, Florida, USA. An adorable Chihuahua named TobyKeith from Palm Beach County won the title at 21 years and 66 days old. TobyKeith’s owner, Gisela Shore, adopted him from a shelter when he was just a few months old. "I was a volunteer at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to surrender a puppy because they could not take care of him any longer," Shore told Guinness World Records. "I met with the elderly couple and I was introduced to a tiny tan Chihuahua. They had named him Peanut Butter. I later changed his name to TobyKeith."
The elderly pooch is surprisingly healthy for his age. He does have a heart condition but his owner says it doesn’t give him too much trouble. Smaller breeds of dogs usually tend to have longer lifespans than larger ones. TobyKeith surpassed the lifespan of the breed which is normally between 12 and 18 years old. Shore started to believe that TobyKeith could be the oldest dog living when he turned 20. "When he turned 20 years everyone’s reaction was WOW! My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about," she shared. She attributes his long life to a healthy diet, exercise, good genes, and a home filled with love. TobyKeith beat the previous record where the oldest dog living ever recorded was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey who lived in Australia. Bluey lived for 29 years and 5 months. He was put to sleep on 14 November 1939.
TobyKeith is part of Shore's brood that includes a whole bunch of other animals. They include Luna (a seven-year-old American Bulldog) and Lala (a three-year-old Chinese Crested) as well as two parrots, Coco (a 28-year-old Umbrella Cockatoo) and Coqui (a 32-year-old African Grey). Shore, who is an avid animal lover, has fostered over 150 dogs and puppies from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue, where she adopted TobyKeith. The shelter's website states: The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. Our Vision is to create a community where 100% of the adoptable animals find loving homes and no animals will be euthanized because of pet overpopulation.