The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Meet Jack, Britain's Oldest Dog at Age 25: Still Gets Mistaken for a Puppy The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Meet Jack, Britain's Oldest Dog at Age 25: Still Gets Mistaken for a Puppy

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meet Jack, Britain's Oldest Dog at Age 25: Still Gets Mistaken for a Puppy

Meet the Yorkshire Terrier who is 117-years-old (in dog years): Jack is believed to be Britain's oldest dog at 25 but still gets mistaken for a puppy.

Jack has got a bad back and his legs do not work like they used to - but surprisingly he still gets mistaken for a young pup.

Jack is not able to go on the long walks he once enjoyed, but at 177 in dog years and 25 human years, he is as happy as he was when he was a puppy.

Now believed to be Britain's oldest dog, the terrier was rescued by Ray and Mary Bunn 16 years ago, from a couple who could no longer care for him.

Mr. Bunn, of Hartlepool, County Durham, said they had an “instant bond” with little Jack.

He said, “My daughter's next door neighbor spotted a couple who were going to tie him to a tree and leave him there. She took him in, but their dog didn't like him.”

“She told me go and see him. The first time I saw him, he came running over to me and jumped into my arms.

The bond was instant. He very quickly became a big part of the family, and now we've had him for 16 years.”

According to records, Jack could be one of the oldest dogs ever to have lived, and would be eighth on an all-time list if his age was proven by Guinness World Records.

The oldest dog in Britain was 25-year-old Jack Russell Meg from Somerset, who died last year.

However, if the pensioner pooch wants to take the global crown he has to wait another three years.

The oldest dog ever to have lived was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who reached 29 years and five months before being put to sleep in 1939.

Someone thought he was a puppy, even though he has arthritis and can only walk a short distant.

“He is on medication, but he's doing good. He is eating and drinking. He's having some problems with his back and his legs as he is getting older.

He is a very friendly dog, but wasn’t taken care of properly before he came to us.

He had a brother, and we heard that he had been fed to a Rottweiler, so he was facing a horrible future before my daughter's friend took him.

He has always felt at home here. He's generally a very happy dog and we all love him” said, Mr. Bunn.

Nation's number one: It is believed that Jack the Yorkshire terrier, pictured, is Britain's oldest dog.

Keeping an eye: Jack, pictured, watching Mrs. Bunn eat, was adopted by his owners when he was 10-years-old.

Energetic: Jack does not have as much strength in his legs but still has the energy of a young dog.

Good for his age: Jack is often mistaken for an energetic puppy despite being 117 in dog years.

An old family photo shows Jack staring intently at someone's plate of chips.

When you reach 117 (in dog years) you need to start taking it easy. Jack takes a nap on the sofa.

            In three years he will be the oldest dog that ever lived.

               Jack rests his head on the shoulder of his owner, Mary Bunn.

Jack with owner Ray Bunn, who said his elderly pooch is a big part of his family.


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