At 22 years and 59 days old, Pebbles, a 4-pound toy fox terrier, is the oldest living dog.
Pebbles, who resides in Taylors, South Carolina, edged out the previous record holder, a chihuahua named TobyKeith, by nearly a year, Guinness World Records announced Thursday.
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After the news broke of TobyKeith's title in March, Pebbles's parents were certain he would beat the record.
"Bobby was sitting on the couch, and friends and family started texting and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog getting the record,” Julie Gregory, one of Pebbles's owners, told Guinness World Records. "When I saw TobyKeith’s story all over the news, I applied.”
Sure enough, two months after TobyKeith was crowned the record holder, the baton was passed to Pebbles.
Pebbles is a "party animal" who loves to sleep all day and play all night, Gregory said.
Some of her favorite activities include soaking up the sun in the summertime and listening to country music.
“She loves listening to country music while she is sleeping. Her two favorite country singers are Conway Twitty and Dwight Yoakam,” Gregory said.
To celebrate her recent 22nd birthday, Pebbles ate a stack of ribs and enjoyed a warm bubble bath.
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One of the secrets to giving dogs a long, healthy life is to treat them like a member of your family, Gregory added.
“Treat them like family because they are," she continued. "Give them a happy, positive environment as much as possible — good, clean food and proper healthcare."