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Prince George's Dog May Be World's Oldest

Smokey hits the 24 year mark



    A Prince George's County dog may be slow-moving, but he IS chasing after the record books. Smokey is 24 -- that's 168 in human years. His owner scooped him up off the side of the highway back in 1987 in rural North Carolina. Harry Williams Jr. says he tried to give this mutt away but no one would take him. Little did he know they'd be stuck together for more than two decades. Jennifer Doren brings us their story. (Published Wednesday, March 9, 2011)

    Smokey, who lives in Prince George's County, Md., may move slow, but he is chasing after the record books. The lovable dog is 24 years old -- 168 in human years.

    Harry Williams Jr. was driving in North Carolina in 1987 when he found Smokey wandering on the side of the highway. Williams, who wasn't looking for a pet at the time, scooped him up and tried to give the labrador-chow-rhodesian ridgeback mutt away. 

    No one wanted Smokey, but Williams must have given the homeless dog a great life -- rarely does a dog live so long.

    “Smokey has been a blessing to me in my life," Williams said. "There’s no question about that -- in reference to spirit, in reference to commitment.”

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    There’s a chance Smokey could be the oldest living dog, but because he was a stray, there is no birth certificate to back up his age. The Guinness Book of World Records requires such proof.

    The oldest dog in history lived to be 29.