Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever, dies aged 31

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Guinness World Record holder Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, passed away at his home in Portugal on Saturday.

His death ___________________ (1 ANNOUNCE) on social media by a veterinarian who had met Bobi several times.

“Despite ___________________ (2 OUTLIVE) every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him,” wrote Dr Karen Becker.

Bobi became both the world’s oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever in February – beating an almost century-old record for the latter title.

The previous oldest dog ever was Australia’s Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.

Bobi’s grand old age was validated by the Portuguese government’s pet database, which ____________________ (3 MANAGE) by the National Union of Veterinarians.

The identity of Bobi’s successor to the title of world’s oldest living dog ___________________ (4 YET/NOT REVEAL).

Part of the secret to Bobi’s longevity was said _______________ (5 LIE) in the peaceful environment he lived in.

Bobi lived his whole life with the Costa family in the village of Conqueiros, near Portugal’s west coast, after _______________ (6 BE) born with three siblings in an outbuilding.

Leonel Costa, who was eight years old at the time, said his parents had too many animals, so they ________________ (7 PUT DOWN/BOBI), but the puppy escaped.

Mr Costa and his brothers kept the dog’s existence a secret from their parents until he ___________________ (8 EVENTUALLY/DISCOVER) and became part of the family, who fed him the same food they eat.

Apart from a scare in 2018 when he was hospitalised after suddenly collapsing due to breathing difficulty, Mr Costa said in February that if Bobi __________________ (9 NOT ENJOY) the calm and peaceful environment, he probably ______________________ (10 NOT LIVE) to be 31 years and 165 days old.

However, he had experienced trouble walking and worsening eyesight prior to his death.

Bobi was not the only dog owned by the Mr Costa to live a long life. Bobi’s mother lived to the age of 18 while another of the family’s dogs died at the age of 22.

(Adapted from on 23 October 2023)

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