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Pebble, the world’s oldest living dog, dies at 22

The world’s oldest dog, a Toy Fox Terrier named Pebbles, was surrounded by his family on Monday at his home in Taylors, South Carolina. Pebbles died of natural causes, just five months away from his 23rd birthday.

“She spent her days enjoying country music and finding love,” Pebbles’ family said in a statement Tuesday. “Pebble wasn’t just another dog, he had his own way of going about it and his own personality.”

Pebble set a Guinness World Record for the oldest dog on May 17, when she was 22 years and 50 days old.

The four-pound puppy was born on March 28, 2000, in Long Island, New York, her family said.

Pebble moved with her family to South Carolina in 2007. According to his family, along with his late puppy-mate, a toy fox terrier named Rocky, during his life, Pebbles had a total of 32 puppies in three different litters. Rocky passed away in 2017 at the age of 16.

In 2012, vets switched the pebble to a cat food diet because it is higher in meat-based protein, Guinness World Records said in a press release. Sometimes he would get ribs – like on his 22nd birthday.

In their Tuesday statement, her family called her “a once in a lifetime partner.”

“There was no one who met Pebble who didn’t love him,” he said. “He will be greatly missed.”

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