Although dogs do not live as long as humans, some are blessed with long and happy lives.A few people even live into their twenties, a rare feat equivalent to being over 100 in human years.
It’s always a big milestone worth celebrating when these super-senior dogs celebrate their birthday.So when a dog named Lady Bug, who claims to be the world’s oldest dog, celebrated her 23rd birthday this week, she did it in style.
According to The Mirror, Lady Bug’s owner, Mary Jo Hughes, adopted her after the dog was abandoned at a groomer.The dog was in poor condition, according to WGAL:Hughes claims the dog had mammary cancer, bladder stones, and had nine teeth extracted.
Lady Bug, despite all of her love and care, still looks a little rough: “No matter how much we groomed her, she looked like she crawled out of a dumpster,” Hughes told WGAL.Despite this, Lady Bug has been with her owner for a very long time, and Hughes claims she “survived the odds.”
Records from Lady Bug’s previous owner indicate that she was born on January 3, 2000 — if true, she just celebrated her 23rd birthday, and is the world’s oldest dog.
That’s a big deal, and Lady Bug had her own celebration at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania.
“It’s a good thing I’m here this afternoon.We just love celebrating with her, and we’re so glad she’s still with us at the age of 23,” veterinarian Dr.Nicole Blithe told FOX 43.”She’s nothing short of a miracle.”
Despite evidence to the contrary, her claim to be the world’s oldest dog has yet to be officially confirmed. Gino, a 22-year-old former rescue dog who took the title in November, is the official oldest living dog, according to Guinness World Records.Gino was born on September 24, 2000, so records show that Lady Bug is the oldest by nearly nine months.
“I know some of my staff are acting as sleuths and detectives, trying to find out when she was born,” Dr. Blithe told WGAL.Lady Bug’s age was reported to be different by two different veterinarians.If the information is confirmed, the owner says she’ll contact Guinness to make it official — but even if Lady Bug’s name never appears in the record books, she’s grateful to have her around for so long.
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