Britain's Oldest Dog Is Still Going Strong At 21
Former stray Queenie lives with her owner Bridget Pike and her two furry pals Bonnie, 10, and 12-year-old Bo.
Despite being in her twilight years, cute Queenie still enjoys having a mooch around her garden, going to the woods for walk and tucking into chicken.
Bridget said: "Queenie is one tough cookie. Despite the fact she can't run around like she used to, she loves to be out and about in the fresh air.
"I got her a doggy pushchair that I can put her in when she's had enough of walking but still wants to be outdoors.
"She's almost completely blind but there's nothing wrong with her sense of smell.
"She knows if I haven't topped her dog food with cooked chicken and stands there looking up at me until I add it to her food!"
Bridget met Queenie in her role as an assistant manager at Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Salisbury and says she quickly fell in love with the elderly pooch.
Although she wasn't able to take the veteran pooch home at first, a change in circumstances meant that in 2018 she officially became Queenie's owner.
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But it wasn't all plain sailing, with the shy dog hiding in the dining room for two weeks after being adopted.
Slowly but surely, Queenie came out of her shell and began to explore the rest of the house and now she has full run of the gaff.
Bridget says Queenie is an 'amazing dog' who enjoys her food, getting an early night and the occasional 'mad five minutes'. What a little cutie, eh?
Bridget hopes to encourage others to not overlook older dogs in rescue centres who still have a lot of love to give and need a second chance.
She added: "I feel so privileged to have been able to offer Queenie a happy home in her later life - I just wish I could have done it sooner.
"She does have some anxieties and worries but she's actually the easiest dog I have ever owned! She brings so much joy to my life, I couldn't imagine my life without her.
"She has so much character and it just goes to show that you shouldn't overlook older dogs, there's often still plenty of life and love left in them!"
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