Dog’s heart still strong at age 24

Mama the Chihuahua turned 24-years-old this week.

On Monday, Mama the Chihuahua reached another milestone. The dog turned 24.

Her owner, Toni White, said Mama remains in good health. The White household includes two other dogs and seven cats.

White and her husband Charles used to transport animals for shelters and that’s how they rescued Mama 12 years ago. They know her age because the rescue group told them the owner who surrendered Mama said the dog was 12 when she was brought in.

“I was afraid nobody would want that old dog and we adopted her,” she said of Mama.

White said they have had 12 rescue dogs that lived long lives.

Mama currently takes a thyroid pill every day and is stiff in her back legs but White said her heart and lungs are good.

Her favorite thing to do is sleep, she said.

“She gets up for a while in the morning and usually sleeps till around 5 p.m. and stays up till about 10 p.m. and then goes back to bed,” White said. “She gets along well with the cats, who are also rescues, and dogs, Ace and Sparrow, her roommates.”

Even at age 24, White said Mama still goes outside and loves to eat Greenies, a brand of pet treats associated with dental hygiene.

According to The American Kennel Club, the average lifespan of a Chihuahua is about 14 to 16 years. The Guinness World Records states the oldest dog on record died at age 29 years and five months in 1939. It was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey.

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