KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — A 22-year-old rescued pooch in California has been named the oldest living dog by the Guinness World Records.
Born on September 24, 2000, Gino was two years old when then University of Colorado Boulder undergraduate Alex Wolf adopted him from a shelter at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 2002.
Initially named Pee Wee, the mutt was renamed Gino by Wolf, Today.com reported.
Wolf, 40, said Gino fit right in after he was brought home.
He enjoyed racing around in the snow in the backyard and hanging out under the coffee table to be in the middle of the action whenever guests stopped by.
“If we were having a later night, he would stay up, and if I was sleeping in, he would sleep in,” Wolf said.
He also brought Gino home to Southern California to live with his parents while he finished his studies, because it seemed like “the more responsible thing to do at that point.”
After Wolf graduated from college, Gino saw him through major life transitions, such as moving into an apartment, becoming a realtor, buying a house and ― just before the pandemic ― meeting his girlfriend, Rebecca Grenell, who dotes on Gino.
“He makes us laugh every day,” Wolf said.
Wolf credits Gino’s longevity to a healthy diet with human-grade food, veterinary care and ongoing support from family and friends.