Oldest Dog-world record set by Chanel
Port Jefferson Station, NY, US -- Chanel,
a blonde wire-haired dachshund (born on May 8, 1988) has some
cataract problems but other than that is very healthy and
active-and sets the world record for the Oldest
Chanel has lived on an Army base
with her mom for most of her life, which her owner says attributes
to her long life. (enlarge
Born on May 8, 1988, Chanel is over 20 years
old and going strong, according to Denice
Shaughnessy, a retired Army veteran who now works
in the principal's office of the Rocky Point Middle School.
The Army mandates that dogs that live on base
have to have their yearly exams and vaccinations.
The Army is "meticulous about it," Shaughnessy
said, since with other pets around any maladies would quickly
spread. "Shots every year" and veterinary checkups were standard
operating procedure. Her owner, Denice
Shaughnessy, says she would do that anyway because
the dogs are like her kids.
The Shaughnessys adopted Chanel in Virginia at
6 weeks old, and the German-breed dachshund spent almost six
years in the country of its origin when the family was stationed
in Europe in the early 1990s.
The Shaughnessys have only had dachshunds, which
Chanel has outlived. She now has a "kid" for a companion,
Sasha, who is a mere 3 years old. Sparky, their former pet,
passed away at 11.
Chanel's current veterinarian, Dr. Philip
Zangara from the Roosevelt Animal Hospital in Port Jefferson
Station says:"She is an old dog and an incredible dog," Zangara
said. "It's amazing she can still walk." However, he added,
"She's still got a head of steam when she comes in here."
Chanel lives with her owner and
three year old sister that is a dachshund also at Port Jefferson
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cat-world record set by Mischief
living animal- world record set by Jonathan the tortoise
Snake-world record set by Titanoboa
living polar bear-world record set by Debby
living tree-world record set by a Swedish spruce
Friday, February 6, 2009