Chiva found in the parking lot takes the title of oldest living dog
"No one had thought about the possibility of becoming the world's oldest dog".
The title of the oldest living dog has changed hands once again. Spike, a type of cheetah living in Ohio, USA, became the new owner of the Guinness World Record. Guinness World Records announced yesterday that Spike was 23 years and 43 days old as of December 7.
Spike thus dethroned 22-year-old Gino.
Spike's owner, Rita Kimball, said she found the dog in the parking lot of a convenience store in August 2009. Saying that he found Spike in a very bad condition, Kimball noted that the dog nevertheless entered the car as soon as he opened the door:
“As if Spike knew where we were going, he jumped right in and sat on the couch.”
Kimball explained that he realized that Spike could hold the record when Jimmy Fallon mentioned Pebbles, who was named the oldest dog to ever live on The Tonight Show:
"Most members of our family knew Spike was old. But they hadn't considered the possibility of him being the oldest in the world. Along with the record, they see him as a celebrity."
Kimball advised dog owners to set up a healthy diet for animals, give them daily exercise, and infuse animals with love.