Vegetable-Eating Dog Lives to Ripe Old Age of 27
Remember 1977? I think I spent most of the year waiting in line to see Star Wars. Meanwhile, a two-year-old Collie was narrowly escaping a disastrous flood at a shelter in West Wales. That dog, “Bramble”, not only lived to see the release of Star Wars but is still around to see the 4th sequel Attack of the Clones (that is, if she can handle another dose of that Jar Jar Binks character).
According to the Sunday Telegraph, Bramble, living in Bridgewater, Somerset, has just celebrated her 27th birthday, possibly making her Britain’s oldest living dog and a contender for the oldest dog in the world.
Luck of the Dog
How exactly does a pooch live to be 189 (in dog years)? Anne Heritage, 43, describes how Bramble survived at least one near-death-experience right at the outset in February 1977:
“The day after we brought her home, the [New Quay rescue centre] kennels flooded and the other dogs drowned,” says Ms. Heritage.
“So she’s been incredibly lucky.”
No Bones About It
Aside from luck, Bramble’s secret to longevity is a vegetarian diet
. Ms. Heritage is a vegan and has brought up her pooch on the same diet regime she herself follows (although Bramble does wear a fur coat—but don’t go pouring buckets of red paint on her for that little violation).
“She has a big bowl of rice, lentils and organic vegetables every evening,” says Ms. Heritage.
Hairball in the Pool
In addition to healthy eating, exercise is a must. Last year while recovering from a back injury which doctors said could have paralyzed her, Bramble began taking swimming lessons at a canine hydrotherapy pool in Stolford. She now enjoys a weekly dip every Friday for half an hour.