Thursday, August 13, 2009
Oldest Dog-world record set by Max the terrier
NEW IBERIA, LA., USA -- Janelle DeRouen
is the 'mother' of Max, a terrier mix who celebrated
his 26th birthday (182 in dog years, the equivalent of being
born in 1827) at home on Aug. 9 -setting the world record
for the Oldest
"He's a very, very laid back dog,"
said Janelle. "He'll play with the kids for a bit but if they
bother him too long he'll wander off.
"He doesn't have any fancy toys, just a bit of rope and a
regular squeaky ball."
Janelle, who gave Max a birthday party on
Sunday, says his secret is taking life easy. She added: "He's
very laid back. He likes to relax and keep life simple."
When Janelle DeRouen of
New Iberia, La., heard about Chanel,
the 21-year-old pooch who made headlines recently for being
oldest dog, she knew she had to set the record straight.
Max has vet papers to prove he
was born in 1983 and owners Janelle and Billy Derouen are
happy to have him recognized by the World Record Academy
as the world's
Max's birthday bash, friends and family all gathered to pay
tribute to the special dog. "He was chewing on his little
birthday cake that was made of cream cheese and peanut butter,"
says DeRouen. "He was thrilled."
Photo: Max the terrier mix celebrated
his 26th birthday / BARM / Fame (enlarge
"We had a gift table set up. He had
other little doggie friends over," DeRouen tells PEOPLE Pets.
"Me and my husband [got] him his own little sofa bed. He has
his own little couch now."
Janelle and Billy bought Max from
a local sugar cane farmer in 1983. "He was the only one in
the litter that was brown and I liked the colour so I took
him home," said Janelle.
Max, the world's Oldest
Dog , has been visiting the same vet since birth
at the Robichaux Veterinary Clinic in New Iberia. An 80s puppy
Max's birth was formally logged in 1983.
Born in 1983, the "active" geriatric
dog hasn't had many health problems over the years, says DeRouen.
"The only time I had to bring him to the vet
for something serious was for a tooth to be extracted. But
that's it," she says. In recent years, he's had a few expected
aliments. "He is starting to get cataracts, a little arthritis,
but otherwise he's healthy."
DeRouen, who's a patient services coordinator
at a neurologist's office, says the dog's longevity is a mystery
to her. "I'm still wondering," she says. "I don't feed him
any type of table food. He started on Puppy Chow as a puppy
and has been eating Kibbles 'n Bits for the last 15 years."
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Cucumber-world record set by Yitzhak Yazdanpana
Chicken Egg-world record set in China
living rabbit-world record set by Hazel
organic cucumber-world record set by the Segee family
Dog-world record set by Chanel
Snake-world record set by Titanoboa
number of bird species spotted-world record set by Alan Davies
and Ruth Miller
rabbit-world record set by Herman the giant rabbit
cat-world record set by Mischief
potato-world record set by Khalil Semhat
rutabaga-world record set by Norm Craven
living animal- world record set by Jonathan the tortoise
August 13, 2009