The dog’s 38-year-old owner sees it as a link to his deceased relatives and describes it as the only one of its kind.
On Thursday, May 11, a Portuguese dog named Bobi, the world’s oldest dog, turned 31, writes UPI.
Born May 11, 1992, Bobby was named the world’s oldest dog by Guinness World Records and the oldest dog in history earlier this year.
He spent his entire life with his owner, 38-year-old Leonel Costa, in the village of Conqueiros.
On Saturday, May 13, the dog’s owner planned a party dedicated to Bobby’s 31st birthday. He said there will be more than 100 guests at the party, including fans arriving by plane from other countries.
According to Costa, in the past Bobi had several long-lived dogs, including his mother, Gyra, who lived to be 18.
The owner of the dog, which entered the Guinness Book of Records, said, “If Bobi had spoken, only he could have explained. We see such situations as a normal consequence of their lives, but Bobi is one of a kind.”
Costa, who was 8 when Bobby was born, said he saw the dog as a bond with previous generations of his family.
“Bobi is special because caring for him is like remembering people who have long left this world, like my father, brother, grandparents, who were part of our family and are sadly no longer here,” he said.
The long-lived dog belongs to the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed (or Portuguese Watchdog, Portuguese Mastiff, Alentejo Mastiff). In Portuguese, this breed is called Rafeiro do Alentejo and is almost never found outside the country. These are believed to be descendants of Tibetan mastiffs that traders once brought from China.
Recall that in February the media reported that Bobby was quite cheerful despite his advanced age. He has a great appetite and loves to play with the four cats that live with him.
The oldest cat in the world is 27-year-old Flossy. Flossie first lived on the street but now has a loving family in southeast London.
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