If Kathy Olivier from Monte Vista is correct, then Shadow the Ancient Pavement Special is the 17th oldest dog ever!

According to her, her four-legged companion will be celebrating her 21st birthday in September this year.

Unfortunately, there is no concrete way of guessing Shadow’s age, since Kathy adopted her when her previous owner moved away in 2001.

She was then told that Shadow was 10 years old, which she “confirmed” with the vet.

Just by looking at the sprightly Shadow, this estimate seems far-off.

If this grey-haired, wet-nosed canine is indeed 140 dog years old, then there is definitely something invigorating in Monte Vista’s water or in Kathy’s cooking.

“She eats chicken, mince, brown rice and a lot of veggies – all mixed together!” exclaims her conscientious owner.

In September 2001 Kathy’s carpets started collecting Shadow’s hairs when the maltese/yorkie cross was given to her by an acquaintance.

With Shadow’s “birthday” coming up, Kathy plans to treat her with a little bit of biltong and droëwors.

Shadow’s favourite pastimes are sleeping in the car and sleeping in the house, but the dog apparently “demands” just a little daily exercise.

“I must walk her every single day! We used to walk far, but now it’s just around the block, which she likes.”

Shadow would nod in unison if she wasn’t deaf.

“She’s the sweetest thing out! I love her to bits! She sleeps most of the time and, talk about Shadow, she is one. She follows me wherever I go.”

Shadow might be deaf, but there is nothing wrong with her smell, despite Kathy laughing when she says that her dog sometimes smells unbearable.

Her sight is also, rather remarkably, still untouched by old-age.

When TygerBurger took photos using a flash she literally bounced backwards several centimetres every single time.

Kathy’s wild-haired friend is very attached to her owner and apparently cries when they’re apart.

Kathy admits that she will also cry a whole day when Shadow finally departs to that big kennel in the sky.

There’s something very beautiful about this shaggy doggy, but that didn’t stop a colleague from remarking: “Every dog has its day, but this one had one too many!”

He immediately apologised and begged TygerBurger to hide his identity.

Tsk, tsk Mr X! Tsk, tsk!

. According to Wikipedia, the oldest dog in the world ever, lived to be 29 years and 160 days old.

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