Pet Scoop: Uncle Chichi, Possibly World’s Oldest Dog, Dies; Lab Eats a Spoon and Lives

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Chichi in a 2010 KTLA video.
Uncle Chichi was between 24 and 26 years old when he died last week.

Toy Poodle Uncle Chichi, Potentially World’s Oldest Dog, Dies

No one is exactly sure how old Uncle Chichi, a Toy Poodle who lived in New York, really was, but his owner believes the pooch was between 24 and 26 years old. Uncle Chichi, who died last week following a battle with cancer, was adopted from a South Carolina shelter by his owner, Frank Pavich, 24 years ago. At the time, shelter workers thought the dog was between 1 and 2 years old.

Although Pavich looked into getting Uncle Chichi a Guinness Book of World Records title a couple of years ago, he found that the necessary proof of his dog’s age had been lost. The last official Guinness title-holder for the oldest dog, Pusuke, died last month at 26. — Read it at The New York Times

Lucky Lab Survives After Ingesting a Spoon

If you know anything about Labrador Retrievers, you know that they’ll eat just about anything. Take Vincent, who swallowed a 7-inch spoon — and somehow survived. "It's amazing he's alive,” said his veterinarian, who removed the spoon from the 9-year-old dog’s stomach. Vincent’s owner suspects that the spoon “had food on it and he must have been in a hurry and swallowed it down fast." — Read it at People Pets

Snowy Owl Sightings Spike Across the Country

Researchers report that the number of snowy owls who've been visiting the U.S. from the Arctic this winter is unusually high. The reason remains a mystery, but the sightings are a boon for avid birdwatchers because the birds are the same species as Harry Potter’s owl companion, Hedwig. — Read it at The New York Times

Rusty the dog fell into Canobie Lake in New Hampshire.
Rusty and his owner both fell through the ice on Canobie Lake.

Dog and Owner Rescued From Frigid New Hampshire Lake

Authorities pulled a man and his dog from a New Hampshire lake on Sunday night. The 8-year-old dog, Rusty, was walking on the icy lake when he fell through — and his owner fell in trying to save him. Luckily, both are expected to recover. — Read it at WCVB

Scientists Ponder Why Some Animals Are Simply Fatter

According to a new study, storing fat may be necessary to help some animals avoid starving, but packing on too much slows them down, making it easier for a predator to catch them. The study examines how animals find the right balance. — Read it at Live Science

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