Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Skippy and Pat on the farm.

A collie called Skippy has reached the ripe old age of 26.

Skippy is owned by Erris farmer Pat Geraghty who believes his beloved pet could be one of the oldest canines in the world. Pat got Skippy way back in 1996 and he has been the Elly man’s loyal companion for almost three decades with the dog set to turn 27 later this summer.

Pat, aged 84, bought Skippy in Drum when he was just a pup and he has been by his side ever since. “He’s a lovely quiet dog and very clever,” Pat told the Western People.

Skippy would lend a hand on the farm until Father Time started to catch up on him. “He was never sick a day in his life and has a great appetite,” said Pat. He is fed on his favourite dog food and the odd scrap from the dinner table with Skippy partial to a feed of stew and spuds! “He won’t eat it unless you put a bit of gravy on it though!” joked Pat’s nephew Pearce.

An Australian cattle dog called Bluey was the oldest dog reliably recorded when he died at the age of 29. But Skippy is keen to lay claim to his crown.
“I started looking in the Guinness Book of Records and the oldest living dog that they know about is aged 21 in Japan,” said Pearce. “If you included Skippy now he would be seventh in the all-time list of oldest dogs,” he added.

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