Chanel: World’s Oldest Dog (20)

May 6, 2009
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Meet Chanel, the world’s oldest dog. Chanel is 20 years old and was named the oldest dog by Guinness World Records last year, and is capturing the heart of many after her appearance on the Today Show this morning. Read more and check out photos and a video here.

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Chanel is the world’s oldest dog and a celebrity in her own right. She was born in 1988 and will soon be celebrating her 21st birthday. In dog years that makes her about 147. Her once red hair has turned white, and she needs special doggie glasses for her cataracts. She eats a special diet of boiled chicken, whole wheat pasta, and a special doggie treat for her teeth. She still goes on walks during the summer with her owners, Karl and Denise Shaughnessy, but is carried for most of the way. Long gone are the days where she used to run three miles to keep her figure.

“She used to run three miles with me every day,” said Shaughnessy, a high-school principal’s secretary. “She still enjoys a walk, but now she’s carried for a lot of it.”

Chanel was adopted from a Virginia shelter as a 6-week-old pup. Denise only paid $25 for her and has since been rewarded with priceless, unconditional love.

While Chanel is the world’s oldest dog at the age of 20, she is still moving about and living an extraordinary life for a doggie her age.

“She’s doing fine,” Shaughnessy said of Chanel. “The vet says he’s never seen a dog her age do so much.”

Chanel will be inducted into Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. You can check out a full picture gallery of Chanel and her “doggles” here. She is too cute for words.

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