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The World’s Oldest Known Dog Dies at 31

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Talia Badalamente
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Bobi holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest living dog. He was announced earlier this year in February. Bobi was born on May 11, 1992 and passed away at the miraculous age of 31 on October 21, 2023. He was born in Coqueiros, Portugal and lived there with his owner, Leonel Costa. Bobi’s breed, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo livestock guard dog, typically lives for 12-14 years, so the fact that he lived for 31 years and 165 days is astounding.  

Although Bobi lived a long, happy life, it almost ended before it even truly began. Bobi was part of a litter that Costa’s parents decided they didn’t want to keep due to already having too many animals. “Unfortunately, at that time it was considered normal by older people […] to bury the animals in a hole so that they would not survive,” Costa told Guinness. Bobi was hidden in a pile of wood and wasn’t found by Costa’s parents. Costa and his siblings found and hid Bobi until he was too old to be put down. 

Costa believes that Bobi’s long life was due to a few factors. For example, Bobi lived in a peaceful environment where he would freely explore as well as only eat human food soaked in water. Before Bobi passed, he was officially announced the oldest living dog just two weeks after a 23-year-old Chihuahua mix named Spike. Bobi is also the oldest dog recorded in history surpassing Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 at the age of 29. The Costa family is saddened by Bobi’s passing, but are grateful for the time spent with him. 

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Isabella Fernandes, Reporter
Hi! My name is Isabella Fernandes and I’m a senior at West Boca. This is my first year on The Bullseye and I’m really looking forward to writing this year! I joined The Bullseye because I wanted to be more involved in the school and report on the latest news. I’m interested in writing about sports and entertainment. I play club volleyball and my position is an outside hitter. In the future I aspire to be in the medical field, and as of right now, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. 
Talia Badalamente, Reporter
Hi! My name is Talia Badalamente, and I'm a Senior at West Boca. This is my second year with The Bullseye and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a younger sister who also attends West Boca. I play varsity soccer for the school and am in a few clubs too. After high school, I would like to attend FSU, UCF, or USF. I can’t wait to start writing for The Bullseye this year!
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