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

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 hazel Dunn on May 29, 2008 at 6:32am
29yrs how wonderful, she looks lovely. Our little Long haired chiuhahua lived till he was 18yrs old, cheeky to the end, such a tough little boy, now have a sheltie she is just turned 4yrs old a lovely little girl, Hope they have a few more years with Bella
Comment by Kathi Cipriano on May 29, 2008 at 5:49am
What a great story. I can only hope and pray I get that many good years with my Maci.
Comment by Pat on May 29, 2008 at 4:54am
The oldest any of my dogs lived was 14, but, I, like the rest of you look forward to meeting at the Rainbow Bridge. My husband passed away neary 7 years ago & when Kelly my last Shih Tzu passed I liked to think she found him waiting with our other furry friends at that Bridge. The lazy girl here is 5 & everyday we take a walk, 7/10 of a mile, she is keeping me moving which at 73 is good for me. She gives me a reason for living. I tell everyone Katie & I need each other. Have a wonder time with your furry friends
Comment by JUDY BERNARD on May 29, 2008 at 4:48am
Such a great love story. I just pray that my little Sassy girl (Shih Tzu) who is 10 now lives that long and when I die is buried with me. Thanks for sharing such great stories.............
Comment by The Pawz Cauze Crew on May 29, 2008 at 4:27am
This is a wonderful story! I'd love to feature this pet on my show! What a wonderous dog Bella is! No grains in her food- GOOD FOR THEM!!!! That is why Bella is living so long, she is being feed a proper diet free from grains and full of meats as the maker intended!

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Comment by Ken Kirk on May 29, 2008 at 4:15am
What a wonderful story to read about Bella. I have a little male minature Boston Terrier named "Butler" (2 years old) and he is with me all the time and always wanting to play. Take care, Ken!!
Comment by VICTORIA RIZZI on May 29, 2008 at 4:04am
What a heartwarming story! God Bless Bella's family for loving and taking such good care of her.
Comment by Tracy Clark on May 29, 2008 at 3:57am
I am absolutely smitten with Bella!! Awesome story!!
Comment by TinyBit (Dawn) on May 29, 2008 at 3:17am
I also have been blessed with dogs living long lives. however I have lost dogs very young also...and I have found out the love is not measured by how long you've have the pet in your family. Love from all of us. Dawn and the gang of yorkins at my house.
Comment by Kathy on May 29, 2008 at 2:21am
What a wonderful story. I wish my cockers Jacoby and Sassy could have lived as long. You are so lucky for Bella to have with you after more than 26 years. I can see what a wonderful pet she is. God bless.

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