In Memoriam: Bobi, the World’s Oldest Dog, Crosses the Rainbow Bridge at 31

Guinness World Records confirms the extraordinary journey of Bobi, the Rafeiro do Alentejo, known for his remarkable 31-year lifespan.

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In Memoriam: Bobi, the World's Oldest Dog, Crosses the Rainbow Bridge at 31

24 October 2023, Mumbai: In a heartwarming yet bittersweet tale, Bobi, a remarkable dog known to have lived longer than any other, has peacefully departed this world at the remarkable age of 31. Guinness World Records confirmed this poignant moment on Monday. Bobi, a dedicated guard dog, spent his entire life in the charming village of Conqueiros, nestled in the heart of Portugal. His extraordinary journey was marked by a simple yet distinctive approach to life: human food and a leash-free existence, which may have contributed to his impressive longevity.

A Lifelong Companion’s Extraordinary Lifespan

Bobi’s journey began on May 11, 1992, when his devoted owner, Leonel Costa, was just 8 years old. Earlier this year, Costa shared his insights into the secret of Bobi’s extended life, attributing it to a diet that mirrored that of his human family. Moreover, Bobi had the privilege of breathing in the pure, countryside air throughout his life, as he was never confined by a leash. Their bond was truly unique, with Bobi practically becoming part of the family.

Bobi, the Record Holder

In a testament to his remarkable age, Bobi was officially recognized as the world’s oldest dog in February of the same year. The news of his passing left the Guinness World Records team deeply saddened. Bobi’s incredible journey amounted to an astounding 31 years and 165 days, with his final moments occurring on a serene Saturday. As veterinarian Karen Becker aptly put it, even with his impressive record, the 11,478 days Bobi spent on Earth could never be enough for those who cherished him.

Remarkable Celebration of Life Of Bobi

Bobi’s extraordinary journey did not go unnoticed, as his 31st birthday was celebrated by over 100 people in May, an event duly documented by Guinness World Records. It was a joyous occasion, highlighting the love and admiration that many held for this canine marvel.

The Legacy of Bobi and His Unique Breed

Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed with a standard life expectancy of 10 to 14 years. His remarkable story stands as a testament to the potential for longevity and the power of a wholesome, natural lifestyle. Leonel Costa’s family included not only Bobi but also four cats, demonstrating a deep-seated love for animals. Traditionally, Rafeiro do Alentejo dogs have played a crucial role as dependable sheepdogs, but Bobi’s journey was more than just herding; it was an extraordinary life marked by love, freedom, and setting a new world record for longevity. The previous record holder, an Australian cattle dog, reached the age of 29 years and five months, back in 1939. Bobi’s legacy now continues, reminding us of the enduring bond between humans and their four-legged companions.

By Yashika Desai

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