March 27, 2009

World's Oldest Dog is a Dachshund!

Chanel, a Dachshund from New York, prefers to enjoy her leisure these days, but that's okay. She's entitled.

At age 20, the dog will be listed in the next edition of The Guinness Book of World Records, coming out in September, as the world's oldest dog. Chanel will be 21 on May 8. Here's hoping she enjoys more dog cookies on her birthday!

You can read more about this amazing dog here.


Iris Black said...

Wow! That's amazing! Now that's the work of a loving home and a lucky dog!


Katie said...

Neat story! :)


Greetings from Sydney, Australia.

I'm sorry to rain on your picnic, but Chanel is NOT the world's oldest dog, and needs to live much longer to justify the title. Many dogs are (or were) older than Chanel.

Guinness Book of World Records requires written proof of all claims, which rules out many older animals.

OhmyNewsInternational has published a story I wrote about the world's oldest dog, an Australian sheepdog which lived for 29 years, five months and seven days.


Cheers, Eric.

POSTSCRIPT: Chanel's owner, Denice Shaughnessy, has just told me "What you fail to mention in your article is that NONE of the other dogs can prove their age. The people who owned the dogs can say the dog is 100 but unless you can prove it it doesn't make it so. Being that Chanel can prove her age then she is the oldest dog according to Guinness."

[Eric Shackle is a retired Australian journalist whose hobby is searching the Internet and writing about it. He is a featured writer for the South Korean citizen reporters' journal OhmyNewsInternational
He is also copy editor of Anu Garg's Seattle-based A Word A Day newsletter, which is e-mailed five days a week to more than 700,000 wordlovers in 200 countries.]

Meli Abellán said...

Congratulations you have a very interesting page!!! It's a pleasure for me to have found it.
Kind regards from Malaga, Spain.

CA Verstraete said...

Well, Eric, I can only go by the details as published. If she proved Chanel's the oldest - maybe on this continent anyway - then I guess it was good enough for Guiness, good enough for me, too. I'm a journalist, also and enjoy sharing things I come across. I figure any dog that lives to their 20s deserves an extra dog cookie!

A.K. Alexander said...

Love the dog! Twenty? So that's like 140 in people years, right? WOW!