BOBI, THE WORLD’S OLDEST EVER DOG, HAS PASSED AWAY AT AN AMAZING 217 DOG YEARS
I miss having a dog, though they’re not hard to meet living in a residential area. But dogs have come up a lot in conversation this week, notably how my wife wants a Welsh Corgi. We talked enough about it to know it won’t happen anytime soon, and that they shed, and have a decent lifespan as dog breeds go. Dogs become part of the family, and you want to have as much time with them as you possibly can. So I find it somewhat poignant to hear the news that the world’s oldest dog has passed away. Bobi (a good boy), died last week, 165 days into his 31st year. And to think about how long that is, we’re talking 217 dog years.
31 HUMAN OR 217 DOG YEARS, BOBI LIVED AN INCREDIBLE LONG CANINE LIFE
Well, make that closer to 220 or so dog years, as half a human year add up faster for man’s best friend. But you don’t have to be a skeptic about Bobi’s true age, as his age is well documented. The picture above is from his posting in the Guinness World Records fairly recently. Bobi was of the Rafeiro do Alentejo dog breed, which I’m not familiar with. Rafeiro do Alentejo is a Portugese breed, noted for being good farm or estate watch dogs, as well as being good at protecting livestock. And evidently, they can be somewhat long-lived, with Bobi pushing the bar quite far in terms of dog years.
PREVIOUS RECORD FOR OLDEST EVER DOG YEARS WAS SET NEARLY A CENTURY AGO
Another way of doing the math on Bobi’s astounding long life is in days, 11,478 of them. He became the world’s oldest dog ever this past February, breaking a record that had lasted almost an entire century. The former title holder was an Australian dog with the name Bluey, who lived to a ripe old age of 29 years, five months. Or, rather, 206 or so dog years. But I must say Bluey was an incredible outlier, seeing how far veterinarian science and canine nutrition have come since then.
Now, I have to wonder if a Welsh Corgi is actually closer on my horizon…..