Senior SSPCA vet Jo Neilson in Scotland has confirmed Toddy could be the oldest dog in Scotland at 22.
She said: “It’s wonderful to hear of any dog reaching this age and being happy and full of life. Chris is clearly doing something right, and I’d say there’s a good chance Toddy is one of the oldest dogs in Scotland. Hopefully this goes to show taking on what seems like an older dog from a rescue center doesn’t have to mean they won’t be with you long.”
Chris adopted Toddy in 1999 from council kennels at Bandeath and this autumn he will reach 22 years old (103 in doggy years)
Vets had diagnosed a heart murmur in Toddy, and Chris was told not to expect too long a life. But he fell in love with the cheeky pooch and decided to take him in anyway. I called him Toddy because of his hair coloring, and 20 years later he is still with me.
He gets normal dog food and lots of exercise around the area, that’s all I can say to attribute towards his longer than average lifespan.
Chris says “His energy is maybe about 55 – 60 per cent of what it used to be, but he’s still fit and able, even if he has lost a chunk of his hearing and can’t catch rabbits like he used to. The Coronavirus pandemic has slowed him down a bit lately but now that things are picking up again we’ve been able to get out and about. We were walking at Loch Lomond last week and he ran the length of North Berwich Beach too.”
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