A Shropshire dog has been officially
declared the oldest in the world.

Otto, a dachshund cross terrier who will be
21 in February, was named as the oldest dog
by Guinness World Records at a television
taping for the Paul O’Grady Show.

Owners Peter and Lynn Jones, from Reabrook in
Shrewsbury, travelled down to London with Otto
to take part in filming. Mr Jones, 68, was
presented with a certificate to
confirm Otto’s achievement.

Mr Jones said: “We got the Guinness World Records
certificate. We didn’t know we were going to get it.
It came as a surprise, although we knew we were in
with a chance. I was elated and I’ve put it straight
into a frame. It was a good show, although
it was a long and a very tiring day.”

Mrs Jones has owned Otto since he was a puppy
he is still going strong, although he
has been battling a few problems
including arthritis.

The previous world’s oldest dog had been
US dachshund Chanel
who died earlier this
year aged 21 or the grand old age of
147 calculated in dog years.

EDIT: Sadly Otto passed away
14.1.2010 after developing
stomach cancer.

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