sexta-feira, 20 de março de 2009

O recorde de cão mais velho do mundo

Já que estamos falando da expectativa de vida dos cachorros, o recorde de cão mais velho do mundo vai para Chanel, uma dachshund de quase 21 anos (isso mesmo, 21 anos!!!) que mora em Nova York. A dona espera que a pequena entre para o Guinness, o livro dos recordes. A reportagem inclui até um vídeo, e apesar do som muito baixo, vale a pena assistir só para ver essa gracinha de cadela. Fonte: Examiner.com

A New York dachshund is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest dog alive. At nearly 21 years of age, Chanel the "Wonder Dog" is the oldest dog alive.

The well-pampered pooch has lived with her family since she was 6 wks of age. She currently suffers from a heart-murmur and a tumor on her foot, but these haven't shortened her lifespan and they don't appear to negatively impact her life. Chanel's daily wardrobe includes red goggles for her light sensitve cataract eyes, a bootie for her tumor affected foot and a cozy sweater.

Chanel enjoys days of leisure. Her owner wakes her at 5:00 am to take her pills and allows her to sleep for the majority of the day. Chanel enjoys home-cooked meals of chicken and pasta or chicken and rice, and occasionally, some pizza.

Chanel's owner shares that her dogs are the bright spot of her life and that this "Wonder dog" belongs in a book so that everyone can remember her. The Golden Years are good for Chanel...... All dogs should be so lucky!

UPDATE: Chanel já está muito famosa, pois a presença dela na próxima edição do Guinness (que sai em setembro) foi confirmada. Mas nem tudo são flores, pois o título dado a ela está sendo questionado por muitas pessoas que dizem conhecer cães com idade muito mais avançada. Como o Guinness só aceita dados documentados, Chanel é, pelo menos de modo comprovado, a mais velha cadela até agora. Fonte: Tails Of The City

She may be hard on hearing, need goggles for her cataracts and prefer her cozy bed over a trip to the park. But according to a recent Newsday report, Chanel, a 20-year-old wire-haired dachshund in Port Jefferson Station, New York, is basking in her new title of world's oldest dog.

The next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, due out in September, will make that title official. (Guinness demanded a birth certificate, dated photos and notes from veterinarians to seal the deal.) She's since become a darling of the international press and it's rumored that a producer for Jay Leno even wants to fly her to California.

In so-called "dog years" Chanel will be 147 years old (eles usaram a velha continha de multiplicar por 7, que não é precisa pois a escala correta não é linear e varia de acordo com o porte do cachorro; uma ótima aproximação pode ser encontrada nessa tabela) on her 21st birthday this May. (To put this into perspective, if she were a human, she would have been born in 1869 — just four years after Abraham Lincoln's death.) Although, interestingly, a study recently debunked the mythical ratio of seven dog years for every human year because smaller species of dogs tend to live much longer than larger ones (não falei? hehe).

Pet parent Denice Shaughnessy, 51, told Newsday that at one point she couldn't afford her auto insurance and had to give up her car. She and her daughter lived on mac and cheese, and Chanel shared the meals. During good times and bad, Shaughnessy admits to pampering her pooch, including administering massages after runs and letting Chanel choose between dog food and the human kind. And when Chanel is ready to go, it will be her choice, says Shaughnessy, adding, "I just hope she goes peacefully in her sleep."

But in the wake of the Chanel media avalanche, Shaughnessy isn't the only one who hopes Chanel goes peacefully. Her title is now being contested by several people from around the globe.

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Bluey, a famous Australian cattle dog born on June 7, 1910, will be celebrated next year by the residents of Rochester, a small town north of Melbourne, Australia. Bluey herded sheep and cattle for 20 years, and allegedly lived to the ripe old age of 29 (mais precisamente 29 anos, 5 meses e 7 dias, segundo a reportagem, quando foi finalmente colocado para dormir). His secret to longevity? Lots of exercise and a diet of kangaroos and emus.

Rochester residents are reportedly peeved by all the hoopla over 20-year-old Chanel who has been "mistakenly hailed as the world's oldest living dog." According to a story from DogMagazine.net, Chanel's award has made "the canine world barking mad, because despite the error, she is rapidly becoming a world-famous bitch."

"This dog's age is no big deal," JT Cro growled on The Sun's website after the the U.K. paper picked up the Chanel story. "My grandparents had a dog before they passed away who was 33 years old in human years and in remarkably good health. I am certain he could of gone another 10 maybe 15 years before he would of died, however he was put down once my grandparents died. They loved their dogs very much, most of the dogs they had lasted 25-30 years."

Of course, Guinness requires a dog's age to be documented, which bars many animals older than Chanel from the record book.

The much-celebrated 20-year-old Chanel

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