Spike the World’s Oldest Living Dog

Who’s a good boy that loves crunched-up Doritos? Spike, the world’s oldest living dog does. A chihuahua in Ohio named Spike is 23 years old. According to guinnessworldrecords.com, Rita Kimball found Spike in a grocery store parking lot.

Spike is 23 years and 43 days old as of December 7th. He’s 9 inches tall and weighs 12.9 pounds. He was actually about 10 years old when Rita found him.

When Rita found Spike he looked like life had given him a raw deal and neglect:

“He had been shaved up his back, had blood stains around his neck from a chain or rope, and looked pretty rough,” said Rita.

“The clerk in the grocery told us he had been there for three days, and they were feeding him scraps.”

Rita decided to let him come home with her.

“When we left the store and entered the parking lot, he followed,” recalled Rita.

“We opened the car door to put our grandson in his car seat, and Spike jumped right in and sat on the seat, as if he knew where we was [sic] going. It was meant to be.”

The Life of Spike

Spike’s typical day is to wake up around 7 am and have breakfast (or fast if he wishes). He’s then taken on walks around the farm by Rita. While he annoy the animals when he was younger, they’ve become attuned to his behavior.

Chihuahuas are known for their little man dispositions and Spike is not too much different. While he was ironically named Spike because he was not aggressive. But at 23 and nearly blind, strangers need to be very gentle with the little guy.

Rita had been watching Jimmy Fallon and they had Pebbles, who was said to be the oldest living dog at 22 years (Sadly, she passed away in October). She knew that Spike was older and contacted Guinness World Records.

I was always under the impression that it was not an exact science in determining a dog’s age. It is much easier to determine a dog’s age when they are younger by examining its teeth. There are no details on how GWR proved Spike’s age, but my guess would be that DNA and teeth were factors.

My chihuahua, Paunch is at a ripe age of 10 now and tries to act like he’s 1. The dog has better abs than me, which I have none!

Paunch Image 2023 Scotty Hall

Maybe you can find a pal like Spike at one of these Michigan Shelters.

14 Awesome Michigan Dog Rescues

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz (cartoonist, Peanuts)

Shelters take in tons of strays. When you adopt, you not only give that animal a new chance at life; you also make room for new animals to be brought in.  The cost of the adoption always goes back to the shelter to supply them with new food and better care for the animals. Are you looking for a new four-legged family friend? Well, look no further! WCSX has a great list of some of the best dog rescues in Michigan.

  • Michigan Humane

    One of the originals: Michigan Humane (Originally Michigan Humane Society) has roots going back all the way to 1877. In 1877, they were called Michigan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 1925 multiple organizations, like the Detroit Human Society, merged to become the Michigan Humane Society. Now, 140 years later, they have multiple locations all over Michigan. If you would like to see some of the animals available to adopt, click here. Or if you would like to volunteer or foster, you can look here. They have locations in Detroit, Westland, Rochester Hills, and Howell.

  • Detroit Dog Rescue

    Detroit Dog Rescue, founded in 2011, and located in St. Clair Shores, is known for taking in Detroit’s dogs and investing the time and training needed to re-home them. They advocate human rescue alternatives like no-kill shelters, foster care, adoptions, pet identification and healthy pet population control. They have plenty of animals like these to adopt. Or if you would like to donate or volunteer, please do.

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  • BestPals Animal Rescue Center

    BestPals Animal Rescue Center is located in Holland, Michigan. Working with the community to provide a no-kill sanctuary for rescues. And they have plenty of ways you can help. How about a little volunteering? Or you can donate right here. And you can read all about their adoption process right here.

     

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  • Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue

    Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue is in Belleville. They were established in 2003. Pete and Marcy, founders of FMAR, moved from their dream home and bought a 6-1/2 acre farm with a run-down house and two great barns. They renovated the smaller of the 2 barns with 9 dog kennels and 5 unique cat kennels.They are always trying to find new homes for cats and dogs. Want to help on a regular basis? How about volunteering? Or if you are wanting to adopt, here is the process to get started.

     

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  • Paradise Animal Rescue

    Paradise Animal Rescue is located in Lapeer, Michigan. Since they were established, Paradise has helped over 2000 cats and dogs get spayed, neutered, vaccinated and into permanent loving homes. If you would like to be a foster to help, click here. And they always can use volunteers or if you would like to donate items they need. And if you are interested in adoption, they have that too!

     

  • I Heart Dogs

    I Heart Dogs is located in Warren, Michigan. They are dedicated to giving every animal the compassion and love they deserve. They have a real focus on rehabilitation. I Heart Dogs can always use volunteers or you can also foster. Wait, there’s more! You can also adopt right here!

     

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  • Michigan Animal Rescue League

    Michigan Animal Rescue League is located in Pontiac, Michigan. First established in 1953, Michigan Animal Rescue League, has been dedicated to providing love and compassion to animals and providing them with what they need till they go to their forever homes. Consider becoming a foster or volunteer. And you can of course adopt right here.

  • NBS Animal Rescue

    While they do have an office in Troy, Michigan, NBS Animal Rescue, is completely foster-based. They are dedicated to the rehabilitation of their animals and providing the proper veterinary care. If you would like to volunteer, just check out their volunteer form.  And being foster-based they always can use foster homes. How about bringing a dog home? You can start that process right here.

     

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  • Do Only Good Animal Rescue

    Do Only Good Animal Rescue works directly with Oakland County Animal Shelter (OCAS is located in Pontiac) and is dedicated to finding the perfect homes for animals that come to the shelter. Whether you want to volunteer, foster or just support, you can do all that right here. Check out all the animals they have ready to be adopted right now.  

     

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  • WAG Animal Rescue

    WAG is located in Livonia. WAG Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit (501c3), domestic companion animal rescue organization dedicated to placing homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in permanent, loving, responsible homes. Feel free to adopt right here. Or how about volunteering? And they could use foster homes too!

     

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  • New Beginnings Animal Rescue

    Started in 2010, New Beginnings Animal Rescue, located in Royal Oak, has been focusing all of their time, energy, and resources into what is best for the cats in their care. New Beginnings Animal Rescue is a No-Kill, 501(c)(3) Exempt, Non-Profit cat rescue. Maybe you would like to bring a kitty into your world? Click here to adopt! And they can use foster homes and donations.

     

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  • Gross Pointe Animal Adoption Society

    GPAAS is located in Harper Woods, but they are not open to the public. They have scheduled adoption times and events all through the year. If you would like to adopt an animal that you see online you can view the adoption process here and schedule an appointment to meet your future pet.

  • Shelter To Home

    Every animal is an individual – worthy of being treated with dignity and respect, who should be protected from all forms of cruelty and neglect. Shelter to Home is located in Wyandotte. At the moment, they are closed to the public because of Covid, but they will gladly set up adoptions and have a great website to check out the great kitties and dogs they have. 

  • Taylor Animal Shelter

    Located in Taylor, the Taylor Animal Shelter is dedicated to provided care for animals till they can find them a forever home. And as a bonus, City of the Week paid them a visit. If you would like to adopt, come on by or check out their animals here. Check out Drako, he was one of the dogs we got to meet. He’s a good boy!