Bobi, the World’s Oldest Living Dog and the Oldest Dog Ever named in February of this year, recently celebrated his 31st birthday on Thursday, May 11 in Conqueiros, Portugal. Bobi’s landmark birthday was celebrated with a “very traditional” Portuguese party, according to owner Leonel Costa.
Guests were served with local meats and fish, while the birthday celebrant, who only consumes human food, got an extra share. Furthermore, a dance troupe performed where Bobi participated in one of the dances. The traditional birthday party had about 100 guests, many of whom flew in from other countries just to celebrate Bobi’s special day, as per the official report of the Guinness World Record.
Dr. Karen Becker, a veterinarian and author, asked Costa what he thinks Bobi’s secret to a long life is, and the proud owner said, “homemade fresh food (never ultra-processed “dog food”), daily walks in nature, and lots of love.” After being named the World’s Oldest Living Dog, Bobi became a worldwide sensation and had many visitors from around the globe.
Although Bobi is healthy for his age, Costa recently took the paw-star to the vet for a check-up concerned about the physical and mental stress Bobi might’ve suffered from after seeing all his visitors. “There were a lot of pictures taken and he had to get up and down many times. It wasn’t easy for him,” Costa told the Guinness World Record.
Today, Bobi has some mobility and eyesight issues. And just like elderly humans, Bobi also gets easily tired and sleeps a lot. However, other than these age-related issues, Bobi remains healthy, so life isn’t very ruff for this wonderful pooch!
According to the Guinness World Record, Bobi’s birth date in 1992 has been confirmed and verified by Serviço Medico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria (Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria) and SIAC, a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government.
Bobi’s incredible longevity can be attributed to a healthy lifestyle and a lot of love from his owner. Bobi’s case is not singular, as there have been countless cases of pets living long lives as they age. Notably, animals that are well-cared for, exercised regularly, and receive proper nutrition have the best chances of living a longer and more comfortable life, as is the case with Bobi.
In conclusion, we celebrate the birthday of the adorable Bobi, who has set an example for the rest of the world to follow. Bobi’s story shows that love, care, and healthy living can help our pets to live a long, healthy, and happy life. We should all strive to give our pets the same love and care that Bobi has received from his proud owner to ensure they live their best lives. Happiest birthday, Bobi!