August was a sad month for canine world record holders. First there was Gibson, the world's tallest dog, who passed away from osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Now there's Chanel.
Chanel, a wire-haired dachshund, was the Guinness World Record holder for the world's oldest dog. She turned 21 last May, and owners Karl and Denice Shaughnessy said she was relatively healthy (with the exception of cataracts and occasional signs of senility). How impressive for a 21-year-old dog! Sadly, according to the Guinness World Records Web site, Chanel passed away on August 28th. However, it is good to know that she lived a happy, healthy life. My condolences go out to the Shaughnessy family.
The world is becoming a better place for senior dogs, mainly because of medical advancements and increased awareness about the needs of aging dogs. My own senior dog is 14 going on 4 - for this I am grateful. I only hope that she can live in good health and happiness anywhere near as long as Chanel.
So, who is next in line for the world's oldest dog title? It might be Max, a 26-year-old Australian Shepherd. His owner came forward after hearing about Chanel's 21st birthday. By the way, the oldest dog on record was Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog, who died at 29 in 1939.