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After finding him abandoned in a parking lot of a grocery store in 2009, Rita Kimball could never have imagined that Spike would become the world’s oldest dog.

At the time, Kimbal said a grocery store clerk informed her that the dog she had just found had been in the parking lot for three days.

“He had been shaved up his back, had blood stains around his neck from a chain or rope, and looked pretty rough,” Kimball said.

Kimball didn’t even think twice when he “jumped right in and sat on the seat, as if he knew where we were going. It was meant to be.”

Gino Wolf was the previous record holder. He died at the age of 22 years and 52 days in 2022.

Kimbal said she first realised that Spike could be the oldest dog alive when she hear Jimmy Kimmel talking about Gino Wolf who passed away.

Kimball told CNN that Spike is regarded in their family as a bit of a celebrity, adding that the elderly dog, who is nearly blind and hard of hearing, prefers spending time with people he knows and visiting the animals on her farm.

Before Gino Wolf, the longest-living dog was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five days.

Image credit: CNN


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