Pebbles the toy fox terrier, who was recently crowned the world’s oldest living dog by Guinness World Records, has died. She was 22 years old.
The little terrier passed away peacefully at her home in Taylors, South Carolina on October 3 with her owners Bobby and Julie Gregory by her side.
“Pebbles lived a long and happy life full of love,” her family said in a press release.
Pebbles was born on March 28, 2000 in Long Island, New York.
When the Gregorys set out to adopt a dog, they initially planned to adopt a larger breed, but then they spotted Pebbles.
“She was jumping and barking so much at Bobby that he had no choice but to pick her up and see her,” Julie told Guinness World Records. “It was instant love the moment the two met.”
The couple described Pebbles as “the queen of the home” and as a “wild teenager who loves to sleep during the day and is up all night”.
When the four-pound terrier wasn’t getting showered with love, she was enjoying listening to country music, sleeping and resting.
“He loves listening to country music in his sleep. Her two favorite country singers are Conway Twitty and Dwight Yokum,” said Julie.
Pebbles was verified as the world’s oldest dog in May 2022 after her owners realized her puppy was actually older than the previous record holder, TobyKeith.
“Bobby was sitting on the couch and friends and family started texting and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog that got the record,” Julie told Guinness World Records.
After seeing TobyKeith on the news, they applied and Pebbles was awarded the title on May 17, 2022. She was 22 years and 50 days old at the time.
The Gregorys made sure that Pebbles knew how much they loved and treasured her, even to the very end.
For her 22nd birthday, she indulged in a stack of ribs, a far cry from her usual diet of high-protein, vet-recommended cat food.
“She was a once-in-a-lifetime companion, and we were honored to have been blessed to have her as a pet and member of the family,” Julie wrote remembering her beloved dog. “She will be deeply missed.”
Pebbles, you were such a special dog. You brought joy not only to your immediate family, but to thousands of people around the world. She will miss you.
Rest in peace.