World's oldest dog, Bobi, turns 31 - Here's the secret to his long life
Happy Birthday, Bobi!
Bobi, the world's oldest dog and the oldest dog ever, turned 31 years old on May 11.
Bobi, who was born on May 11, 1992, will celebrate his 31st birthday with a party on Saturday at his home in Conqueiros, Portuguese.
Bobi’s owner, Leonel Costa, said that local meats and fish will be served to the guests, with extra for Bobi, who only eats human food.
There will also be a dance performance and Bobi will also participate in one of the dances.
Over 100 people will attend the "very traditional" Portuguese party. Many will be especially flying to Portugal to celebrate Bobi's 31st birthday.
Bobi, who is a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, was awarded the Guinness World Record titles in February. Since then, he has had several visitors from all around the world.
The doggo has been in good health. Leonel recently took him to the vet for a check-up as he was concerned about potential physical and mental stress caused to Bobi after seeing so many visitors.
"There were a lot of pictures taken and he had to get up and down many times. It wasn’t easy for him. His health was a little damaged, but now it’s better," Bobi's hooman told Guinness World Records.
Leonel has owned several old-aged dogs in the past, including Bobi's mother, Gira, who lived up to 18 years.
The pet parent said, "If Bobi spoke only he could explain this. We see situations like this as a normal result of the life that they have, but Bobi is one of a kind."
So, what's the secret to Bobi's long life?
Leonel says that one of the biggest contributing factors to Bobi's longevity is the "calm, peaceful environment" he lives in.
Bobi has always roamed the forests surrounding his house in the Portugal village. He has never been chained or leashed.
Now in his older years, Bobi finds it difficult to walk and chooses to hang out in the yard.
Bobi's eyesight has become weak and he keeps on bumping into things.
The pooch has grown up around other animals. Leonel said that Bobi is a "very sociable" dog.
Bobi sleeps a lot just like old-aged humans. He prefers to take a nap immediately after eating.
Leonel was eight years old when Bobi was born. "Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world. Bobi represents those generations," he said.