(PETS) JAPAN — We are sad to report the oldest living dog, Pusuke, has passed away. Living to be 26 years old, or 117 in dog years, this dog had a long full life. Our thoughts are with Pusuke’s guardian. — Global Animal 
World’s oldest living dog dies at age 26. Photo credit: abcnews.go.com

Joshua Cohan, ABC News

Pusuke, listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest-living dog, died in Japan on Monday. He was 26 years old — the equivalent of more than 117 human years.

The dog’s owner, Yumiko Shinohara, said the male cross-breed died at Sakura in the Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, according to the Kyodo news agency.

Pusuke was reportedly eating well and staying active until Monday, when he lost his appetite and had difficulty breathing.  Pusuke died peacefully, minutes after his owner returned home from a walk.

“I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home,” she said, according to Kyodo.

Born in April of 1985, Pusuke was recognized last December as the world’s oldest-living dog.

The oldest-known dog on record, according to Guinness, was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and five months before it was put down in November 1939.

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