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Meet 22-year-old Pebbles, the oldest living dog. She just unseated the world record holder.

The toy fox terrier presently lives with her loving family in Taylors, South Carolina. She loves sleeping in until 5 p.m. and listening to country music.

Meet 22-year-old Pebbles, the oldest living dog. She just unseated the world record holder.
Image Source: Guinness World Records

Pebbles is now officially the world's oldest living dog, according to the Guinness World Records. The toy fox terrier, age 22 years and 50 days, earned the title on May 17, 2022. Her owners, Bobby and Julie Gregory of Taylors, South Carolina, welcomed the pet into their family in March 2000 and have adored her ever since, PEOPLE Magazine reports. Pebbles unseated the previous world record holder, who had been given the title only a few weeks earlier. Toby Keith, a 21-year-old Chihuahua from Florida, was named the oldest living dog in April—that is, until Pebbles came along.


The pet was able to beat the previous world record holder when news of Toby Keith's win reached the Gregory family. Many of their family members and friends knew that Pebbles was likely older than him. She had just celebrated her 22nd birthday, complete with a stack of ribs and a cake as a special treat. Julie shared in an interview with the magazine, "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. When I saw Toby Keith's story all over the news, I applied." Soon afterward, her application was confirmed by Guinness World Records. Pebbles had officially become the world's oldest dog.


While Pebbles has gained newfound fame and popularity, with dozens of individuals celebrating her victory online, she has not been affected much. She still spends most of her days sleeping in until five in the afternoon and listening to country music. "She loves listening to country music while she is sleeping," Julie said. "Her two favorite country singers are Conway Twitty and Dwight Yoakam." According to her family, Pebbles is a sweet pet looking for a snuggle (although she does have her grumpy moods). The toy fox terrier also enjoys warm baths and a good meal. Furthermore, despite her age, she is in excellent health. This is partly due to a special diet she follows, which caters to her specific physical needs.


When asked what the Gregory family's secret is to ensure a long and healthy life for pets, Julie said it is to treat your pets just like you would any other family member. "[Treat each furry friend] like family because they are," she affirmed. "Give them a happy, positive environment as much as possible, good clean food, and proper healthcare." She also reiterated her unconditional love for Pebbles. She stated, "We truly love her more than anything, so for her to have this time to shine is truly precious to us."


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