Pop quiz: Who loves eating Doritos all day, taking long naps, and luxuriating in baths? If you answered me, then you are right. But if you answered Spike, the chihuahua, you’re even more right! The now-famous Spike has reached the ripe age of 23, which makes him the newly crowned world’s oldest dog. Yes, it seems Doritos and baths are the key to a long life.
As with most beloved stars, Spike comes from humble beginnings. He’s a rescue dog who was discovered by his human Rita Kimball one day in the parking lot of an Ohio grocery store. She saw the poor pup in a rough condition, brought him home, and named him Spike because, despite being small, he had “the attitude of a big dog.” Spike’s been a true member of her family ever since! Now the little chihuahua mix is getting love from all over the world for his achievement of becoming an old man. via People:
The 23-year-old rescue pup named Spike earned the Guinness World Records title of World’s Oldest Living Dog on Thursday, the organization announced, displacing previous title holder Gino, a 22-year-old mixed breed pup from Los Angeles.
“Most of our family knew that Spike was old but didn’t know he had a shot at being the oldest in the world,” Kimball said. “Now that he is a record holder, they see him as a celebrity.”
Rita told Guinness that Spike’s set schedule — in addition to “a healthy diet, room to roam, daily exercise, and unlimited love and attention” — is one of the reasons behind the dog’s longevity.
She added: “I believe Spike is still here because after having such a terrible life at first, he makes the best of each day.”
Spike joins 27-year-old Flossie, the current reigning world’s oldest cat, in the world’s oldest pet hall of fame.
Spike will live the rest of his days (read: FOREVER. He will outlast us all!) on Rita’s Ohio farm where he hangs out with various farm animals, takes Saturday evening baths, and eats the occasional Dorito. I hope when I’m 23 (ahem), I’ll look and act as good as Spike!