World's oldest dog dies

Wednesday, 7th December 2011

After going off his dog food and having trouble breathing, the world’s oldest living dog has died at the age of 26.

The dog, a male cross breed named Pusuke, was recognised by the Guinness World Records as being the oldest dog in the world last December.

He died in his home in Sakura, Japan, at the grand old age of 26 years and nine months, which is equivalent to over 125 in human years.

Pusuke had been eating plenty of dog food and going for walks until Monday, when he began to deteriorate.

He died in the afternoon about five minutes after his owner, Yumiko Shinohara, came home from running errands.

The 42-year-old said: "I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home."

The Blue Cross recently revealed that they may have the UK’s oldest rescue dog. Eevee was adopted in 1996 when she was estimated to be seven and she is now thought to be 22.