The world’s oldest dog, a Toy Fox Terrier named Pebbles, died Monday at her home in Taylors, South Carolina, surrounded by her family. Just five months shy of his 23rd birthday, Pebbles died of natural causes.
“She spent her days enjoying country music and being loved,” Pebbles’ family said in a statement Tuesday. “Pebbles wasn’t just another dog, he had his own way and his own personality.”
Pebbles set the Guinness World Record for oldest living dog on May 17, when he was 22 years and 50 days old.
The four-pound pup was born on March 28, 2000, in Long Island, New York, his family said.
Pebbles moved to South Carolina in 2007 with her family. Throughout her life, Pebbles had a total of 32 puppies in three different litters with her late puppy companion, a Toy Fox Terrier named Rocky, according to her family. Rocky died in 2017 at the age of 16.
In 2012, the vet switched Pebbles to a cat food diet because it is higher in meat-based protein, Guinness World Records said in a Press release. Sometimes she had to eat ribs, like on her 22nd birthday.
In their statement Tuesday, her family called her “a once-in-a-lifetime partner.”
“There was never anyone who knew Pebbles who didn’t love her,” they said. “She will be deeply missed.”