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The owner of the world’s oldest dog has shared the secret behind his long life, saying he is the product of good genes, a healthy diet, daily exercise, and love. 

Gisela Shore, 55, from Greenacres, Florida, celebrated her now-famous Chihuahua TobyKeith’s 21st birthday on January 9. Guinness World Records confirmed him to be the oldest living dog in the world a few months later on March 16. 

‘My vets tell me that genetically, he’s just perfection,’ she told Good Morning America, crediting his continued health to diet, exercise, and ‘a lot of love.’ 

‘We have a second floor to this house, and he is up and down those stairs probably 30 times a day,’ she said of the active pooch, whose diet consists of vegetables, rice, and chicken. 

Gisela Shore, 55, from Greenacres, Florida, celebrated her now-famous Chihuahua TobyKeith's 21st birthday on January 9

Gisela Shore, 55, from Greenacres, Florida, celebrated her now-famous Chihuahua TobyKeith's 21st birthday on January 9

Gisela Shore, 55, from Greenacres, Florida, celebrated her now-famous Chihuahua TobyKeith’s 21st birthday on January 9

Guinness World Records confirmed him to be the oldest living dog in the world a few months later on March 16

Guinness World Records confirmed him to be the oldest living dog in the world a few months later on March 16

Guinness World Records confirmed him to be the oldest living dog in the world a few months later on March 16

Learn from the pro! The keys to TobyKeith’s longevity

  • Healthy diet of rice, vegetables, and chicken
  • Regular daily walks 
  • Exercise around the house 
  • Lots of love 
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On a typical day, TobyKeith wakes up at 6:30 a.m. and takes his first trip outside before getting his first snack of the day, according to Guinness World Records. He isn’t allowed sugary treats, but his favorite snack is a slice of turkey.

When he isn’t running around the house, he spends his days enjoying short walks and curling up next to his owner’s workstation. 

Shore, a lifelong animal lover, started to suspect he was the world’s oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in 2021. The average lifespan of a Chihuahua is 12 to 18 years,

‘When he turned 20 years everyone’s reaction was, “Wow!” 

‘My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about,’ she told Guinness World Record. 

The pooch does have a heart condition, but that isn’t stopping him from living his best life. Shore also showers him with love, which includes pampering. 

Shore adopted TobyKeith from a local animal shelter when he was a few months old

Shore adopted TobyKeith from a local animal shelter when he was a few months old

Shore adopted TobyKeith from a local animal shelter when he was a few months old

Shore started to suspect he was the world's oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in January 2021

Shore started to suspect he was the world's oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in January 2021

Shore started to suspect he was the world's oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in January 2021

Shore started to suspect he was the world's oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in January 2021

Shore started to suspect he was the world’s oldest dog after his milestone 20th birthday in January 2021

Shore has credited is continued health to diet, exercise, and 'a lot of love'

Shore has credited is continued health to diet, exercise, and 'a lot of love'

Shore has credited is continued health to diet, exercise, and ‘a lot of love’

In honor of him being named the world’s oldest dog, he was treated to a bath, a pedicure, and a car ride. 

TobyKeith has been living with Shore for the past two decades after she adopted him from a local animal shelter when he was a few months old. 

‘I was a volunteer at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue, and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to surrender a puppy because they could not take care of him any longer,’ she recalled. 

‘I met with the elderly couple, and I was introduced to a tiny tan Chihuahua. They had named him Peanut Butter. I later changed his name to TobyKeith.’

TobyKeith spends his days running up and down the stairs, enjoying short walks outside, and curling up near his owner's workstation

TobyKeith spends his days running up and down the stairs, enjoying short walks outside, and curling up near his owner's workstation

TobyKeith spends his days running up and down the stairs, enjoying short walks outside, and curling up near his owner’s workstation

The pooch eats a diet of vegetables, rice, and chicken, and while he isn't allowed sugary treats, his favorite snack is a slice of turkey

The pooch eats a diet of vegetables, rice, and chicken, and while he isn't allowed sugary treats, his favorite snack is a slice of turkey

The pooch eats a diet of vegetables, rice, and chicken, and while he isn’t allowed sugary treats, his favorite snack is a slice of turkey

The country singer Toby Keith gave his namesake a shoutout on Twitter earlier this month after learning of his world record

The country singer Toby Keith gave his namesake a shoutout on Twitter earlier this month after learning of his world record

The country singer Toby Keith gave his namesake a shoutout on Twitter earlier this month after learning of his world record

TobyKeith shares a home with two dogs — Luna, a seven-year-old American bulldog, and Lalam, a three-year-old Chinese crested — and two birds — Coco, a 28-year-old umbrella cockatoo, and Coqui, a 32-year-old African grey. 

While he plays with all of his siblings, he has a special bond with Coco, who is often by his side. They’ve also had plenty of guests stay with them. 

Shore has fostered more than 150 dogs and puppies over the past 20 years as a volunteer at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue. 

The country singer Toby Keith gave his namesake a shoutout on Twitter earlier this month after learning of his world record.   

‘Toby now shares a name with the @GWR ‘s oldest living dog, whose name is TobyKeith,’ he wrote. ‘Now there’s a Big Dog Daddy and a Little Dog Daddy!’

Source: dailymail

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