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    Chanel, the World's Oldest Dog Dies in NY at 21 Years

    A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world’s oldest dog and celebrated its last birthday with a party at a dog hotel and spa has died at age 21 — or 147 in dog years.

    The dog, named Chanel, died Friday of natural causes at her owners’ home in suburban Port Jefferson Station, on Long Island.

    Chanel, as stylish as her legendary namesake, wore tinted goggles for her cataracts in her later years and favored sweaters because she was sensitive to the cold, owners Denice and Karl Shaughnessy said Monday.

    The playful dachshund was only 6 weeks old when Denice Shaughnessy, then serving with the U.S. Army, adopted her from a shelter in Newport News, Va.

    Along with her owner, Chanel spent nine years on assignment in Germany, where she became adept at stealing sticks of butter from kitchen countertops and hiding them in sofa cushions in the living room, Shaughnessy said. She also liked chocolate, usually considered toxic to dogs, Shaughnessy said.

    “She once ate an entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups, and, you see, she lived to be 21, so go figure,” Shaughnessy added.

    Karl Shaughnessy nominated Chanel for the title of world’s oldest dog after noticing the Guinness World Records book had no record.

    Guinness World Records officials presented Chanel with a certificate as the world’s oldest dog at a Manhattan birthday bash hosted by a private pet food company in May.

    Chanel loved the party, especially the cake, which had a peanut butter flavor and had been made for dogs, Denice Shaughnessy said.

    Chanel exercised daily and ate home-cooked chicken with her dog food, but good care wasn’t entirely responsible for her long life, said her owners, who attributed God.

    “Dogs are God’s angels sent here to look out for us,” Denice Shaughnessy said.

    Read the entire article here.

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    And Now There Are Four ... Jack Russells, That Is, Living in Our House, and We Are Now Vastly Outnumbered, Not To Mention Outvoted and Outsmarted!

    Introducing Sophie, our newest Jack Russell Terrier!

    Here are some photos from our first encounter with Winnie, now known as Sophie, at the Pet Supermarket during pet adoption day with Clover Run Rescue:

    We certainly had not planned on adding another Jack Russell, or any dog for that matter, to our household, but it happened anyway. Are we crazy, or what?

    Dan and I had been on our errands, ending up at the grocery store, then remembering we needed some dog food and some more toys from the Pet Supermarket near our grocery store.

    So he stayed in the car to keep the food cold, while I ran into the pet store to quickly pick up the dog food. But it was pet adoption that day, and I noticed a one-eyed shorty Jack Russell over by herself in a cage, looking rather depressed and lonely. I took her out of the cage and petted her a bit, and asked a few questions about what happened to her eye, and played with her some more, and finally put her back in the cage, which she did not like at all.

    I was gone so long for this quick trip for a bag of dog food, that Dan came looking for me, and we met up in the parking lot. His first question was, "Do they have a Jack Russell in there for adoption?" Well, yes, as a matter of fact.

    So he came in and had a look at her, and we learned they called her Winnie, although she had never had a real name and didn't really even answer to Winnie.

    To make a long story short, we both fell in love with Winnie, and adopted her after buying a new cage and bed for her. Since she didn't have a true name that she recognized, we quickly renamed her Sophie, and she in turn learned her new name and began settling into our household.

    There have been problems, however. Since Sophie had come from a breeder and was put in a dog shelter after living her whole life in a kennel, she was suspicious of our dogs and very edgy and aggressive to them, especially late in the evenings. There were many fights. Our dogs became afraid of her, because anything could set her off and cause her to hunt them down, even when they were just walking across the room and not bothering her at all.

    It has gotten better, thankfully, over the 6-8 months we have had Sophie, although we still have rough spots when Sadie Belle gets jealous of Sophie, and they have a big fight. But it is not as bad as it was in the beginning, and we hope things will improve over time.

    We have learned with the five Jack Russells we have had that each one is different, with a completely different personality and view of the world, and it really does take a lot of time for them to work things out. Especially when there are four of them.

    Below are a few photos from Sophie's first couple of days in our home:

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    Sadie Loves Her New Stick Toy

    We have moved on to dog toys that are very durable, such as this hard rubber stick toy that Sadie is enjoying in these photos. Of course, she has now discovered how much fun it is to rush at Maggie and shake the stick toy menacingly in her face, growling and rushing about.

    Sadie eviscerates her soft toys and pulls the squeakers out, every one of them, so we are hoping that these hard toys will last longer than the AKC toys we have been buying for her. Videbimus!

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    Squirrel Raids Our Hummingbird Feeder

    This happens from time to time, especially during the drought conditions when water is scarce. But some squirrels just develop a taste for the sweet nectar in the hummingbird feeders and go through their acrobatics to empty the feeders and quench their sweet tooths.

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