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The world’s oldest dog Bobi, 30, is also one of the happiest

Bobi, a 30-year-old watchdog who cheated death in his early days, is living the end of his life as a celebrity in central Portugal after being named the world’s oldest dog ever. When he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest dog on February 1, he broke a nearly hundred-year-old record previously held by Bluey, an Australian sheepdog who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months. A purebred Rafeiro, a Portuguese guard dog whose normal life expectancy is between 12 and 14, Bobi wouldn’t live at all let alone make it that long. He was born on May 11, 1992, along with three other puppies in a wood storage shed owned by the Costa family in the small village of Conqueiros in central Portugal. Because the family owned so many animals, the father decided they couldn’t keep the newborn puppies and the parents took them out of the shed the next day, while the mother dog Gira was gone, said Leonel Costa, who was eight years old at the time. But they didn’t know they’d left one puppy behind — its color made it blend in with the surrounding forest. – Secret Existence – Leonel and his sister were heartbroken that the puppies were killed. But then they noticed that Gira kept returning to the barn, went to look and discovered the surviving puppy. They decided to keep his existence a secret until he could open his eyes. “We knew they wouldn’t hurt him and that Bobi would stay with us. So we kept it a secret,” Leonel told AFP. “After that we were punished, but it was worth it,” he said, according to the Guinness magazine. classification. “We didn’t expect this reaction,” said Leonel. Leonel attributes Bobi’s longevity to the tranquility of rural life and his humane diet, which includes a lot of meat and fish. “He has always eaten what we eat, he said. He was never chained or leashed and always roamed the woods around the village. Nowadays walking has become difficult so he spends most of his time hanging out in the garden with cats or napping after dinner. Many of the Costa dogs have lived long lives. Bobi’s mother Gira turned 18 and another dog turned 22. “We see situations like this as a normal consequence of the life they lead, but Bobi is one of a kind,” Leonel told Guinness.lf-bur/yad/gil

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