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Bobi, world’s oldest dog, passes away at 31

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Bobi, a Rafeiro do Alentejo, who set the world record as the oldest dog ever in February, passed away on Saturday aged 31 years and 165 days.

Dr. Karen Becker, the renowned U.S. veterinarian recognised for her holistic approach and who had several encounters with Bobi, broke the news of the dog’s passing on Instagram.

Bobi’s incredible journey began and ended in the peaceful village of Conqueiros, near Portugal’s coast, under the care of the Costa family. Born in a humble outbuilding with three siblings, Bobi’s life took a remarkable turn when the young Costa children secretly saved him from an uncertain fate. He went on to become a cherished member of the family.

The Rafeiro do Alentejo, also known as the Portuguese Mastiff, typically has an average lifespan of around 12 to 14 years. Bobi was an extreme example of how an individual dog’s lifespan can vary based on factors such as genetics, health, diet, and care. The Costa family’s commitment to Bobi’s wellbeing likely played a significant role in his extraordinary longevity. Leonel Costa, who was aged 8 at the time of Bobi’s adoption, attributed Bobi’s remarkable longevity to the “calm, peaceful environment” he lived in.

In February, Bobi was recognized as the world’s oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever recorded, surpassing Bluey, an Australian dog who lived to be 29 years and five months old. Bobi’s age was confirmed by the Portuguese government’s pet database.

GoFido bids farewell to this remarkable Rafeiro do Alentejo, trusting that he is now peacefully crossing the rainbow bridge.

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