World’s oldest dog dies ahead of 27 birthday

London : The world’s oldest dog died aged 26 years and nine months in Japan earlier this week at his owner’s home.

Pusuke, a male crossbreed, passed away peacefully at his home in Japan. He had been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog, the Sun reported.

A devastated owner Yumiko Shinohara said that her beloved pet was healthy and active until Monday, when he began struggling to breath.

Pusuke died just minutes after Yumiko returned home in Tochigi prefecture.

“I think he waited for me to come home,” she said.

Pusuke, however, died two years and eight months shy of the record for the oldest dog to have ever lived, a title held by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five months.

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