The Final Bark: World’s Oldest Dog, Bobi, Crosses the Rainbow Bridge at 31

The quaint village of Conqueiros in Portugal witnessed a heart-tugging farewell as Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever, took his last breath on 20 October, aged 31 years and 165 days. The news left not only his devoted owner Leonel Costa but also the global canine-loving community in a somber mood.

Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings. Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him. Godspeed, Bobi…you’ve taught the world all you were meant to teach.

Dr Karen Becker, a veterinarian who met Bobi several times

From the moment he was discovered hidden among a pile of wood as a puppy, to growing into a gentle companion in the Costa family, Bobi’s journey was nothing short of magical. It’s amusing how destiny played its part – Bobi almost didn’t make it into the Costa household. Leonel’s father was initially reluctant to keep the puppies from a new litter since they already had their hands full with other animals. However, fate had other plans as young Leonel and his brothers stumbled upon Bobi, who was left behind accidentally. The bond was formed, and it was too strong for anyone to consider parting ways with Bobi.

Bobi World's Oldest Dog Passes Away

The story of Bobi’s exceptional longevity began in the calm corners of Conqueiros, where he enjoyed the freedom of exploring the natural surroundings, always unchained and unleashed. As time painted streaks of grey on his fur, he found comfort in the serene backyard, often in the pleasant company of his feline buddies. The laid-back lifestyle and a diet mirroring that of his human family, kept Bobi in great spirits even as age tried to slow him down. Leonel made sure to soak Bobi’s share of food in water to keep it seasoning-free, perhaps a little secret to his long, healthy life.

Bobi World's Oldest Dog Passes Away
Bobi, aged seven (1999) Credit: Guinness Book of World Records

Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian acquainted with Bobi, shared the sorrowful news of his passing on Facebook, evoking a cascade of condolences from around the globe. Bobi’s legacy was not just as an adored family member but as a marvel who etched his name in history on 2 February 2023, when he was celebrated as the oldest dog living and ever. His records were meticulously verified by the local Veterinary Medical Service and SIAC, a pet database sanctioned by the Portuguese government, solidifying his legendary status.

Bobi World's Oldest Dog Passes Away
Bobi and one of his cat friends, Ceguinho (2022)
Credit: Guinness Book of World Records

Bobi’s gentle paw-prints have left a long-lasting imprint not only in the Costa family, where Leonel reminisces about previous old-aged canine companions like Gira and Chicote, but also among many across continents. Over a hundred enthusiasts had rallied to celebrate Bobi’s 31st birthday, a testament to his global fanfare.

Bobi World's Oldest Dog Passes Away
Bobi (2016)
Credit: Guinness Book of World Records

As Leonel fondly looked back, he acknowledged Bobi as the “last of a long generation of animals” in their family, underscoring the end of an era. Bobi’s saga of companionship, survival, and an extraordinary lifespan brings a blend of inspiration and warmth, etching a narrative that transcends beyond the village of Conqueiros. As the sun sets on this remarkable tale, the echoes of Bobi’s gentle barks resonate with the message of love, loyalty, and the incredible journey of life shared with a four-legged companion.

Source: Guinness World Records

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