September 1, 2009

World’s oldest dog dies in New York

A 21-year-old dachshund officially named the world's oldest dog has died at her family's home in Port Jefferson, N.Y., her owner said.

Chanel, who rode in a stroller when she could no longer walk and wore sunglasses for her cataracts, died Friday, Denice Shaughnessy said.

She just inhaled and took her last breath, Shaughnessy said. Chanel had been telling me it's time.

Earlier this year, the Guinness Book of World Records named Chanel the world's oldest dog based on records kept by Shaughnessy since 1988, when she adopted Chanel as a 6-week-old puppy in Newport News, Va.,

We're military. You keep records, Shaughnessy said, noting families on Army bases must have documentation for their pets.

In her final months, Chanel became a celebrity, appearing at fundraisers and on the Today show and Live! With Regis and Kelly.