Bobi, the world's oldest known dog, has passed away at the remarkable age of 31.
He had earned the title of the world's oldest dog as recognized by Guinness World Records earlier this year and celebrated his 31st birthday in May. The news of Bobi's passing was shared by veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker on social media, as mentioned in a news release.
Online Family Mourn The Loss Of Bobi, Assure Themselves He's In Doggie Heaven
The world has halted following the news of Bobi's death which was announced by Becker. In her moving statement, the veterinarian wrote:
"Is there ever enough time 💔? I think not. Last night, this sweet boy earned his wings 🕊️. Despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him."
The "Dr Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food" author added that Bobi's owner Leonel Costa credited the late dog's remarkable longevity to the serene and tranquil environment of the Portuguese village of Conqueiros, where they lived.
"Godspeed, Bobi…you've taught the world all you were meant to teach 🐾❤️🔥🌈," Becker wrapped up the touching Facebook eulogy that brought Bobi's fans out in droves.
"My sympathy to his family, such a special boy, run free at Rainbow Bridge," one such fan commented, as another reiterated, "Run free at the Bridge Sweetie. Until we all meet again. Prayers for your mom, dad, family and friends," and a third chimed, "Love u Bobi. Good boy."
A fourth person penned, "Thank you to Leonel for sharing your beautiful special boy and inspirational messages with dog owners throughout the world. Thank you #foreverdog for sharing Bobi's story.❤️🐶Sending condolences and doggie hugs."
A fifth Facebook user gushed, "Beautiful boy, you knew you were loved and. You gave all that love back to your family. Good boy! Condolences to Bobby's family❤️," and a sixth typed, "Wow, so heartbreaking to hear, yet wonderful to know how many years this precious soul lived. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bobi and his family."
"RIP cutie pie you were surely blessed with a long life !!," a seventh onlooker exclaimed, while an eighth declared, "Be Blessed Always Beautiful Bobi. All dogs go to heaven . You'll see your human again across the rainbow bridge. 🐶🐾🐾🙏🥰💞🏡🌈."
Similarly, this fan instructed, "Run free Bobi. You were an inspiration and legend to many! Run free! 🐾💔🌈."
Guinness World Records Join Millions In Reflecting On Bobi's 31 Years On Earth
GWR has expressed its sorrow at the passing of Bobi, sharing in a statement issued via their website recently. According to the site, Bobi was officially recognized as the world's oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever on February 2, 2023.
His birth date was confirmed by the Servicio Médico-Veterinário do Município de Leiria — Veterinary Medical Service of the Municipality of Leiria — in 1992.
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His age was additionally authenticated by SIAC, a pet database authorized by the Portuguese government and overseen by the Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários; National Union of Veterinarians [SNMV].
While the verification further solidified his status as the world's oldest dog, his journey to even reach his first birthday was marked by fortune. Bobi was part of a litter of four puppies, but due to the family's existing animal commitments, Leonel's father chose not to keep them.
In a twist of fate, Leonel's parents initially intended to take the puppies while their mother was away, but they accidentally left Bobi behind. He remained concealed amidst a pile of wood stored in the outbuilding where he was born, eluding detection by Leonel's parents.
Bobi's discovery came about when Leonel and his brothers stumbled upon the hidden puppy. They decided to keep Bobi's existence a secret until their parents became aware of the dog. And by then, it was too late to consider any other option.
Consequently, the purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo — a Portuguese breed known for guarding livestock — became an integral part of the family. In his later years, Bobi faced challenges with walking and a decline in his eyesight.
Due to his problems, he spent most of his time in the backyard alongside his feline companions. Leonel characterized Bobi as a "very sociable" dog, showcasing his friendly and amiable nature.