The dog believed to be the oldest dog in Britain has died at the age of 24.
Yentl, who lived with his owners in Cornwall, would have been 168 in human years.
While he became famous in the local area for his longevity, things could have turned out very differently for Yentl, who was almost shot by a farmer who did not want him
Charlie and Marlene Martin, from Bude, Cornwall, took him in as a puppy after his previous owner said he would shoot him if he could not find a home for him.
He went on to compete in dog shows and continued chasing rabbits well into his old age.
Mr Martin said: “We got him the year we got married – 1991.
“His first owner said ‘if you don’t take him I’ll shoot him’, and I said, ‘I’ll take him’.”
They paid just £15 for him as a puppy and chose the name Yentl.
Mr Martin added: “I said to my missus I’m going to call him Yentl. She said where did that name come from and I said I’ve named him after a Barbara Streisand film, so that’s what I named him and that’s the name he responds to all the time.”
The couple’s front room is festooned with pictures of their much-loved pet and the rosettes he won at dog shows.
When they first collected Yentl at six months old, he did not like being picked up and the couple did not have a car. Instead, they walked home for 13 miles with their new pet and from then onwards he stayed by their side.
The previous undisputed “oldest dog in Britain” was a 25-year-old Jack Russell from Somerset, which died in 2014.
One of the oldest dogs ever to have lived was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who reached 29 years and five months before being put to sleep in 1939.
In Australia, a farm dog Maggie the Keplie passed away at the age of 30 earlier this year.
source : telegraph