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The world’s oldest dog, Pebbles, dies aged 22

Mere months before her 23rd birthday, South Carolinan dog Pebbles finally passed away but not before picking up a coveted award.

The world’s oldest dog, Pebbles, dies aged 22
Guinness World Records.

Crowned the world’s oldest dog by Guinness World Records in May, Pebbles the toy fox terrier certainly batted an impressive innings. But her award for top dog came as much by luck as her own staying power.

“Bobby was sitting on the couch and friends and family started texting and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog getting the record,” Julie Gregory, the owner told Guinness World Records earlier this year.

The owner then realised her darling Pebbles was actually older and applied post haste.

Pebbles was born back on March 28 2000, making her older than the Iraq war as well as Coldplay’s first album.

Her owner said she died peacefully of natural causes.

How did Pebbles live so long?

In 2012 vets put Pebbles on a cat food diet, according to an article from the Guinness World Records themselves, which included much more protein compared to the usual diet of a mutt.

However, on special occasions, like her birthday, Pebbles was able to indulge in in the finer things in life such as a stack of ribs.

Pebbles was also mother to a veritable brood of pups. Helped by her partner Rocky, who did in 2016, she gave birth to 32 puppies.

“There was never anyone who met Pebbles that didn’t love her,” said the statement from Pebbles’ owners, “She will be deeply missed.”