Bobi The 30-Year-Old Dog

Lukas Lehner

Opinions Editor

Now the most senior addition to the Guinness World Records spends his days in rural Portugal with his four cat friends in the yard. His family says he enjoys lying by the fire with them on cold days and strolling around the family farm when it is warm.

Although the average lifespan of a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo is 12 to 14 years, Bobi has paved his own way to 30 years and 266 days old as of February 1st. Converting that to the approximate number of human years comes to about 133 years old, far older than any human has lived. 

Bobi’s owner, Leonel, says, “Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, brother, or grandparents who have already left this world. Bob represents those generations.” Leonel Costa, only 38, has been with him since he was a child. Bobi is now finding it increasingly difficult to walk and see but is still healthy. Leonel associates Bobi’s long life with his calm and peaceful environment away from cities and never chained up or put on a leash. 

Bobi plans on extending his lead on the rest of the pack as he waddles around the farm with his furry cat siblings. An unofficial record of an Australian cattle dog, Chill, reported being 32 years old and living in Queensland, Australia. Will Bobi squish the competition?

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