Now that’s what we call a good tail – er – I mean tale.

it’s no surprise that Pusuke — a fluffy, tan Shiba mix — made headlines nationwide in that country when the pooch -– the world’s oldest dog, according to Guinness World Records -– died this week at the age of 26 years and 8 months, after falling ill and refusing to eat…The dog’s owner told reporters that Pusuke’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse early this week. The dog did not eat breakfast, a first, and died quietly, surrounded by Shinohara and her family.

"I was with Pusuke for 26 years, and I felt as if he was my child. I thank him for living so long with me," said, Shinohara, 42, a housewife.

It’s also no surprise that Pusuke -– who lasted a human equivalent of well over 100 years -– lived in the nation with one of the world’s oldest populations…

So, apparently, if you want your dog to live a long time, you need to uproot yourself and move to Japan, where they obviously have a miracle-life dog food.  I do not know what they use in the production of their food, but I would like a couple tons of it please.

Last December, Pusuke made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog, breaking the previous record of 21 years and 3 months, according to the Daily Yomiuri newspaper

I’m just saying, there is something to said for man’s best friend for sticking it out that long.  I hope they allowed the little guy to pass on those amazing genes and continue the genetic advancement of dogs everywhere.


But, for the Japanese, the true story of “Man’s Loyal Companion” is still held by Hachiko, who waited for his master every day at the train station until his, the dog’s, death…9 years after the death of his master.