The owners of Pebbles called it “the beacon of our lives.”

Screenshots from the pebbles_since_2000 Instagram page

The little dog from South Carolina now holds the record for the oldest living puppy in the world, announced May 26 in the Guinness Book of Records.

Pebbles, a 4-pound toy fox terrier 22 years and 59 days as of May 26th. She was born on March 28, 2000, according to a Guinness Book of World Records press release.

“Pebbles have been with us through everything; ups and downs, good and bad times, and it has always been a beacon of our lives, ”said Julie Gregory, owner of Pebble, in the Guinness Book of Records.

Julie and Bobby Gregory, who live in Taylor, South Carolina, had no plans to represent the Pebbles on the world record until they heard that the permanent record was 21-year-old Chihuahuathey reported to the Guinness Book of Records.

“Bobby was sitting on the couch, and friends and family started writing and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog getting a record,” Julie Gregory said, according to the release.

Gregory planned to have a large dog, but Pebbles caught their attention in her aviary more than two decades ago, they reported in the Guinness Book of Records. Bobby Gregory remarked that she “follows him and runs next to her enclosure every time he passes by.”

“It was instant love when they met,” Julie Gregory told the Guinness Book of Records.

During her life, Pebbles gave birth to 24 puppies in three litters, the release said. Her life partner Rocky died in 2017.

Pebbles in adulthood love to snoop and listen to country music, said Gregory in the Guinness Book of Records. In 2012, a veterinarian put her on a cat diet because of more meat protein in her diet.

However, she still occasionally receives a piece of steak, hot dog or chicken from its owners, the release said. The Pebbles owners said they celebrated her 22nd birthday by giving her a stack of ribs and a foam bath.

Julie Gregory stated in the Guinness Book of Records that Pebbles ’longevity is at least partly due to the amount of grace and attention she receives from her hosts.

“Treat them like family because they are. Give them as happy a positive environment as possible, good clean food and proper health care, ”she said in the Guinness Book of Records.

Taylor is located about 106 miles northwest of Colombia.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the southeastern McClachie region. She graduated from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Arizona, and previously worked at The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia, a branch of USAToday.

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