Jack Russell oldest dog in Great Britain
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Britain’s oldest dog – a Jack Russell who scoffs on Peppa Pig pasta shapes
Meg, the Jack Russell, has reached the ripe old age of 25 on a fussy diet of gluten-free fish fingers, roast dinners and canned spaghetti in the shape of children’s TV favourite, Peppa Pig.
The rescue dog – who is 113 in dog years is now believed to be the oldest pooch in the UK following the death of the previous title holder, who died in July aged 23.
Meg was rescued from a puppy farm 23 years ago by doting owner David Abrahams when she was just 18-months-old.
After her teeth began to fail she developed a taste for soft food such as Peppa Pig pasta shapes in tomato sauce.
I think she’s lived so long because she’s a tough little cookie and she’s had the right diet and exercise. The fish fingers and the Peppa Pig pasta have helped her along the way
She is now a fussy eater who regularly scoffs human meals.
Mr Abrahams explained: “I think she’s lived so long because she’s a tough little cookie and she’s had the right diet and exercise.
“The fish fingers and the Peppa Pig pasta have helped her along the way.”
As Meg reached her twilight years, she became extremely picky and refused to eat the same meal twice in a row.
Mr Abrahams, who runs a motorbike dealership continued: “If you make her a roast beef dinner, the next day she won’t eat it.
“With age she is picking at food more. She has a roast dinner sometimes twice a week when we have one. The rest of the time it is varied.
“Sometimes it is cat food, senior dog food, or soft pasta based things.”
Mr Abrahams rescued Meg in 1999 and has cared for her at his home in Stoke St Michael in Somerset, ever since.
The pet is now 18 months older than the previous title holder of Britain’s oldest living pet, a Jack Russell named Daisy.
Mr Abraham’s partner Maria said Meg “absolutely adores” a roast on a Sunday.
The 62-year-old said: “We just feed her what she likes whether it’s a selection of dog food or human food.”
When the couple visit the supermarket they try to think of something different to buy their beloved pooch, after vets advised them to feed their pooch soft food because her teeth were playing up.
Mr Abrahams said: “Is she spoilt? Of course. She is the greatest of little dogs and is truly loved by everyone.”
Meg nearly died from pancreatitis a few years ago but pulled through and is now living a healthy lifestyle.
“She can still run like a whippet when she wants to but tends to sleep a lot now,” Mr Abrahams added.
“We’re dreading the morning that she’s not but at the same time hope that she passes peacefully in her sleep in her favourite little sofa bed.”
“She has been a brilliant companion.”
Meg’s vet Sam Fowlie said her age was a testament to her “loving” and “caring” owners.
Meanwhile, a Guinness Book of Records spokesman said although they haven’t allocated a record for the oldest living dog they would “welcome an application from Meg’s owners.”