Lulu Is The World's Oldest Canine

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A Beagle cross named Lulu is the world’s oldest dog after reaching the age of 147 – in dog years. Her owner, Travis Buckly, 60, has credited the dog’s longevity to it’s diet of freshly cooked fillet steak, veal and sausages.She even finishes her meals with cheese and biscuits and maltesers. Lulu, from Coventry, is now believed to be the world’s oldest canine after the previous record-holder died last summer and Britain’s most senior dog Otto, 20, was put down in January.

Mr Buckly said: “If there’s a steak and a sausage in the fridge you can guarantee she’ll be having steak and sausage for tea. That’s her favourite meal.”Lulu always has the finest meats in the house. Sometimes it’s gammon or on the rare occasion it’s been veal. I?m sure that’s why she’s lived this long – a really strong diet.

“She loves to wash the meat down with Maltesers or cheese and biscuits. She’s spoiled rotten.”He was given Lulu as a present when she was a puppy by his daughter, Emma, 29, in 1989.Mr Buckly and his partner Susan Parybus, 54, have taken Lulu on dozens of holidays around the country giving her a “broader mind” on the world.

Despite being deaf and blind, Lulu is still fit enough to go on regular walks and plays with other dogs.Susan said: “We have pictures of when we first had Lulu back in the 80s which show how old she is.”We’ve also got vet records so we’re certain that she’s the oldest. Now we’re just waiting for it to be confirmed.”Travis added: “Lulu’s a bit deaf and almost totally blind and has been known to walk into the odd wall, but she’s still in good shape.”

Dog years are calculated as one human year being equivalent to seven canine years.The world’s previous oldest dog, Chanel, from New York, died last summer aged 21.The title was then inherited by Britain’s oldest dog Otto, a Dachshund terrier cross, who had to put down in January aged 20.Mr Buckly has now applied to Guinness World Records and is awaiting their response.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said: “The world’s oldest dog category is currently vacant following Otto’s death earlier this year.”We’re looking for a new oldest dog so what we need now is for the owners to make an application.”But 21 years is certainly very old. We would have to investigate. The application takes around six weeks to verify.”

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