A dog who was found abandoned in a supermarket car park has gone on to become a Guinness World Record holder, being named the world’s oldest living dog.
Chihuahua cross Spike – who is 23 years old and lives in Camden, Ohio – was taken in by Rita Kimball and her family after they found him in a “severely neglected” state in August 2009.
Ms Kimball said that despite the dog being in the condition he was, as soon as she opened the car door “Spike jumped right in and sat on the seat, as if he knew where we were going. It was meant to be”.
Years later, the almost blind and hard of hearing Spike has made himself at home with his family, waking up at 7am on most days and visiting the animals on the Kimballs’ farm, which include horses, cows and cats.
He has also proved to be a fighter, having survived multiple attacks from other animals despite being given a low chance of survival each time.