Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo from Portugal, recently celebrated his 31st birthday, making him the world’s oldest dog according to Guinness World Records.
To mark the occasion, owner Leonel Costa hosted a traditional Portuguese party in Bobi’s home village of Conqueiros.
Over 100 people attended, and Bobi was treated to a feast of local meats and fish. The sociable dog even participated in a dance routine performed by a local troupe.
Costa has owned several dogs, including Bobi’s mother, Gira, who lived to be 18 years old, but he never expected any of his dogs to reach their 30s.
Costa attributes Bobi’s longevity to the calm, peaceful environment in which he lives.
Bobi has always been allowed to freely roam the surrounding forests and has never been chained or leashed. He grew up surrounded by other animals, so he was never lonely.
In his old age, Bobi has become less mobile and prefers to spend his time in the yard at home.
He sleeps a lot, especially after meals, and his eyesight has deteriorated, causing him to bump into things when he walks.
The Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria has confirmed Bobi’s birth date, and a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government has also verified his age.
For Costa, Bobi is not just a beloved pet but also a living reminder of past generations. Looking at Bobi reminds him of family members who have passed away.
Despite his age, Bobi remains a cherished member of the Costa family and a beloved member of the Conqueiros community.
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