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A male cross-breed dog Pusuke, who was listed as the oldest living dog in the Guinness Book of World Records, is seen in Sakura. Pusuke died on December 5, 2011 at the age of 26 years and 9 months.

Tokyo - A country used to celebrating the lives of the world's oldest people was this week marking the passing of another notable centenarian, when the planet's oldest dog died in Japan.

Pusuke, a male cross breed, breathed his last on Monday afternoon, at the ripe old age of 26 years and nine months, making him the equivalent of more than 120 in human years, reports said.

The animal suddenly refused to eat and appeared to be having difficulty breathing after many years of good health, owner Yumiko Shinohara said, according to Kyodo News.

The canine died in the early afternoon, watched by his owner.

“He had been with me for 26 years, and he was like my child,” Shinohara, 42, told the Yomiuri Shimbun.

“I just want to thank him for living for so long.”

Pusuke was recognised a year ago by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest living dog.

Japanese people have one of the longest life expectancies on the planet, something attributed in part to a healthy traditional diet and active lifestyle.

In September the government announced that 37 out of every 100 000 people in the country are now more than 100 years old, a total of more than 47 700, with 87 percent of them women. - Sapa-AFP


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Anonymous, wrote

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02:55pm on 11 December 2011
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Oh oh oh 26 years !!!

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Flee, wrote

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04:34pm on 9 December 2011
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Gerard hahahah sorry a delicacy... not a delicatessen, LMAO Happy Friday

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Deena Naidoo, wrote

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01:36pm on 9 December 2011
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I believe Pusuke was 182 years old.......WOW

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:08pm on 9 December 2011
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How does 26 in dog years = 120 human years. 26 * 7 = 182!

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purple, wrote

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11:29am on 9 December 2011
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i love this fuzzy. Its so pretty. It looks like my fuzzy at home. I hope mine lives as long as this one did :>

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purple, wrote

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11:22am on 9 December 2011
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i love this fuzzy. Its so pretty. It looks like my fuzzy at home. I hope mine lives as long as this one did :>

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viki, wrote

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08:53am on 9 December 2011
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nngwa ya kale

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Darth Vader, wrote

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07:33am on 9 December 2011
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Hey Leonard, nice take on things...didn't see that coming!!!...

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Gerhard, wrote

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05:03pm on 8 December 2011
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Impressive, considering the canine is a delicatessen in the Asian culture...

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leonard, wrote

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02:01pm on 8 December 2011
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Do a little research into the expected life of a dog and you will be surprised. Dogs reaching over 2o years was common 100 hundred and even 60 years ago.It is only recently that dogs live exfectancy has been reduced to 16years, then 14years, then 12years and now 10years. Why..? You ask. Well one simple reason. It's the factory mass produced rubbish you are feeding them. And there is more... The same goes for humans because of the rubbish we eat. When will this human race ever learn. Lastly, The Government does not want you living to 110. Because then you will be a 50year burden on the economy as you stop contributing from 60 years of age. And you though you were in control..!!!!

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Darth Vader, wrote

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01:44pm on 8 December 2011
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Fantastic innings!!!..maybe the Proteas could learn a thing or two on how to hang in there at the "crease"!!!..My one cat Teaka, lived on for 19years...they become like ones children...

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Brad, wrote

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12:12pm on 8 December 2011
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noo fluffy dont die on us !!!

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WTF, wrote

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11:51am on 8 December 2011
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Wow- touching story, i think it's safe to say the old bag of bones lived a dogs life

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