The oldest dog in the world? And what she eats...

Bella, the oldest dog in the world with owners David Richardson and Daisy Cooper. Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Reports are coming from England that the oldest dog in the
world is Bella, a labrador, who was brought home more
than 26 years ago--when she was already 3 years old.

That would make her 29 years old-- or over 200 years old!

The Guiness Book of World's Records is investigating the claim.

What I find really interesting--and what the media is not
reporting--is that last week Bella's owner, David Richardson
who himself is 76, thought it was the end for his faithful
companion.

Bella became ill and was unable to walk.

Mr. Richardson made an appointment with the vet and
prepared a grave in the back yard. He had a sleepless
night and when he awoke he decided to cancel the appointment
with the vet. He couldn't go through with it.

As Richardson reports:

'I phoned to cancel the vet because I just thought it
would be better if Bella died in her sleep. She couldn't walk,
but when I went out and filled in the grave she appeared
behind me and was stood there watching."

Since then Bella has been fine and the vet says Bella's heart
is strong and she is very fit for her age, except for some
arthritis in her legs.

What Bella Eats

Bella has only 2 teeth left and this is what her diet consists of:

Boiled liver
Canned stewing steak
Canned mackerel and
canned sardines

And Bella's favorite treat: a hard toffee candy which she sucks on while lying in her basket.

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Comment by Julieann on November 22, 2009 at 11:15pm
My friends Chuhaha ?? never know how to spell that died a couple of months ago she was 26, she was abandoned at four days old, Marie hand fed her.
Comment by Coralie Nellhard on October 19, 2009 at 10:40am
Congratulations Bella on your wonderful life and thank you so much for the lovely story.
How wonderful!
I thought we had pretty old dogs, Faxe our Siberien Husky/Swedish Elk Dog mix, died at 17,1/2 and Leo our Siberian Husky died this summer 2009, 17 years old, but they were just kids, compared to this Gracious Old Lady.
Leo and Faxe came to us from "dog dissfunctional families" and went through pretty tough times.
Dogs that are abused mentally and/or physically are so incredible and thankful. I have cared for 9 dogs from" dog dissfunctional homes" all of them tried so hard to be accepted. It was my honour to become their "Mum"
Lots of Loving thoughts from all of us to you Bella!
Comment by Janet Summers on September 16, 2009 at 3:16am
I hope my beautiful Agapi will live at least as long as I do!!
Comment by Crystal Behl on August 8, 2009 at 8:27am
I cried the minute I saw the photo,before I even read the story.The 3 of you look so happy.I wish you all the best.It has to be the old fassioned values and not only the love you have for her,but the love you have for each other,and you can see it just in your photo.God has blessed you and I can see the greatfulness of it in your eyes.Keep us updated on Bella.Crystal
Comment by dorne manchester on February 11, 2009 at 4:19pm
My oldest dog shakka turned 22 in dec and i've been amazed at how well shes doing.So to reach 29 is amazing.I only hope and pray i have my shak as long as that.Well done bella and the owners must be congratulated on all the love and care they have given bella-u obviously are brilliant owners.xxx
Comment by MARY ANN COLLINS on July 24, 2008 at 8:37pm
I could only hope and pray that my little Desi will last at least half that long. I can't imagine a day where he is not there waiting for me with his stupid orange ball in his mouth, when I get home from work. The older I get, the more attached to my pets I am. I wonder why this is?
Comment by Sandy on July 4, 2008 at 10:10am
What a beautiful trio! Bless you Bella. Mr and Mrs Richardson, please give Bella gentle kisses, hugs, and ear scritches from me, Crissie (Sheltie)and Jamie (golden)
Comment by Rickey Fiesel on June 27, 2008 at 8:53am
That is wonderful to have a dog that old.I thought we did good to have a pom.to make it to age 20 years.It must be all the good food and love she receives.
Comment by Denise on June 17, 2008 at 9:50am
Wow time to clone the DNA. I would give my life to save my dogs. How fortunate to have that kind of love for so long. I would die for that. Thank goodness for loving people to care for such a lucky baby. Maybe there will be many more years to come.
Comment by Laurie on June 8, 2008 at 11:04am
God Bless Bella! :] Thats just wonderful! Touched my heart! God Bless her parents too, they obviously have been wonderful to her. Thank you so much , We need more people like you in this world!

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