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World’s oldest dog dies — twice


Fox News reported yesterday that the world’s oldest dog has died.

Unfortunately, they were dead wrong about that dog’s identity.

According to the initial Fox report: “Chanel, a wire-haired dachshund, died at her owners’ home in Port Jefferson Station on Long Island, N.Y.”

Accurate enough — not to mention fair and balanced — but a bit off, timing-wise. Chanel died at age 20 nearly five months ago.

It was the new World’s Oldest Dog who died this week: Otto (above), also a dachshund, residing in Britain.

Otto, nearly 21, was officially crowned the most senior canine in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in October of last year, after the timely death of Chanel.

On Wednesday, Otto’s owner took him to the vet, who recommended that Otto, suffering from stomach tumors, be put down, according to the Daily Mail

Peter Jones, 68, said he and his wife Lynn, 53, were devastated by the loss. The dachshund-terrier mix was playful to the end. They attributed his longevity to “plenty of love, plenty of good food and regular check-ups at the vets.”

Describing his pet’s final day, Jones, of Shrewsbury, said: “He slept in my bed. He woke up in the morning and he gave me the usual kiss…I was having a bath, he wanted to play, and he brought me his ball. But as soon as I bounced it a couple of times he went asleep again. He was absolutely cream crackered.” (British readers, translation please.)

CHANELMost who would pick up the story from the British press got it right. But apparently the folks at Fox News goofed up in Googling, came across the old stories on Chanel (left) and re-reported her death instead.

Others would go on to repeat the error (though we’d hope they’d have it corrected by now), including Shortnews.com.

A new world’s oldest dog will be named by Guinness.

Rest in peace, Otto.

And you, too, Chanel.


Comment from RH
Time January 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

According to wiktionary, cream crackered means “knackered; tired, sleepy, exhausted.” Now, if only I knew what knackered meant… :o)

Comment from Gavin
Time June 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

Knackered means tired, sleepy, exhausted 😛 if you ever go to Britain expect to hear it a lot.

Comment from Juliette Morgan
Time August 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

How wonderfull that the 21yr old dog still brought his ball to play! Bless him.

Comment from Dog Lover
Time August 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

I hope my dog lives that long – touching story, thanks for sharing.

Comment from Meghan
Time November 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm

My name is meghan and i have a dog mandy who is 15 and is living proudly and acts just like a puppy. I beleive she will beat the record of oldest dog and die at about 22 or longer.

Comment from Sara
Time January 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

Interesting that they were both dachsunds. Thanks for sharing.

Comment from Julie
Time January 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I really hope my dog lives that long, so long as he’s healthy.

Comment from Mariah
Time January 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I hope my dog lives long.And that wuz a very touching story.

Comment from Mariah
Time January 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

And I want my dog to be healthy.

Comment from Katrina P
Time February 26, 2011 at 2:09 am

Dogs are just like humans. Exactly the same internal organs. Canine nutrition should obey the same principles as human