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 Sarah on May 29, 2008 at 1:35am
This story prompted me to sign up as a member of "I Remember Love". I've been feeling lately that I have the oldest dog in the world! She's only 16 but has outlived all of my other family member's pets! She is now deaf, blind, can hardly walk & howls at all hours - Ya gotta love her!!!
I loved this story about the oldest dog in the world - it's a lot of work caring for an older dog but well worth it - Keep up the great work!
Comment by PAT on May 28, 2008 at 5:05pm
Bella is a wonderful example of animal wisdom. It just wasn't her time to cross over and she is lucky enough to have humans that understand that. Cherish every moment with your animal children and remember that they never really leave you. Learn the lessons they try to communicate to us every day.

I remember all of the animals who have shared my life over the years and who are now in spirit and, in particular, I still remember our old dog Tippy, a Border Collie/ Shepherd mix who lived to be 16 and who "raised me"; he was 1 year old when I was born, so I always thought of Tip as "my" dog. He was a genuine, furry, four-legged guardian angel and I can still feel him around me, especially when I meet a new dog or cat.

Love to all the creatures out there: Bella, Maui and all of our furry teachers. Bless them all.
Comment by Jan Goben on May 28, 2008 at 3:31pm
Such a wonderful story. Must be the special food and all the love.
From me--hugs and kisses from Shadow my Yorkie and Nikki, my Malamute.
Comment by Jewel on May 28, 2008 at 2:50pm
What a beautiful story, must be all the love she gets.
Give Maui hugs and kisses from Jazzie (3 1/2 ) Yorkie and me.
Comment by Sue on May 28, 2008 at 2:37pm
We can only hope and pray that our fur kids will live that long. One of our soon to be 12 year olds, is a cancer survivor. We have 2 almost 12, one almost 9, 1 going 4 and 2 going on 3. Yes we have six dogs only 1 we have had since she was an 8 week old puppy, all of the others are rescused. 4 are Golden Retrievers, one is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and our newest addition is a Golden/ Cocker Spaniel rescued from a puppy mill. To live to be 29 what a blessing that would be.
Comment by Priscilla Maynard-Correia on May 28, 2008 at 2:33pm
How beautiful! Enjoy her every minute! Give her a big kiss for me! I had a Lab/Springer mix when I was young and she died when she was just short of 20. Her name was Flicka. I got her back when Flicka was on TV and I adored horses. She was jet black with a little white and was just the best dog in the world. I still miss her.
Comment by Beth on May 28, 2008 at 2:23pm
This opportunity you give us to share our memories is such a gift. Thank you so much. It always make my heart smile.
Please give Maui a special hug for having such wonderful parents.
Comment by Beth on May 28, 2008 at 2:21pm
Our baby girl, Precious, lived to be 18, and each moment was special. She was a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix, and had a small frame and a big heart. She gave us true love, and she took care of me all the time. We lost her physical body 13 years ago, but her spirit surrounds with love all the time. Her only problem toward the end was that she developed puppy Alzheimer's, and we would kid her about coming into the room and just stand there, puzzled. When we laughed, she would laugh, too. What a joy. We will be with our Precious, someday, at the Rainbow Bridge. And, we will have Misty and Maggie again then, too. My three wonderful girls. Now, we have two fantastic boys, who love us so much.
Comment by Ann Mitchell on May 28, 2008 at 1:55pm
I had a Sheltie who lived to be just one month shy of her 18th Birthday. She still had all her teeth and was active right up to the end. Magic was the sweetest Sheltie and I don't remember her ever once being naughty.
Comment by michelle denton on May 28, 2008 at 1:46pm
I have a 17 y.o. Chihuahua who has no teeth, still chases my Labs around and, they run from her. She has survived two coyote attacks and carries a large scar from the the last. Every year we say it is Rose's last, but she's like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps ticking, and running, and playing her favorite game. We have a small creek that runs through our property. Her favorite game is, when the water is low or not there at all she will crawl under the bridge and wait for her Lab family members to pass by. As they do she runs out growling and barking at them. The two youngest Labs are deathly afraid of her.

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