A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world's oldest dog has died on Long Island at age 21 - or 147 in dog years.
Chanel died of natural causes on Friday at her owner's home in Port Jefferson Station, a village 50 miles east of New York City.
Guinness World Records officials honored Chanel as the world's oldest dog in May at a 21st birthday bash hosted by a pet food company at a Manhattan dog hotel and spa.
Woof in peace: Wire-haired dachshund Chanel shuffles off this mortal coil after 21 (human) years
Chanel, who wore tinted goggles to ease the strain of cataracts, loved peanut butter and ate home-cooked chicken with her dog food.
The playful dachshund was only 6 weeks old when Denice Shaughnessy, then serving with the U.S. Army, adopted her from a shelter in Virginia.
Along with her owner, Chanel spent nine years on assignment in Germany, where she became adept at stealing sticks of butter from kitchen countertops and hiding them in sofa cushions in the living room.
'She once ate an entire bag of Reese's peanut butter cups, and, you see, she lived to be 21, so go figure,' Shaughnessy said.
They say Chanel in her later years wore tinted goggles for her cataracts and favored sweaters because she was sensitive to the cold. But they say she remained lively for her age.
Another American dog named Max is vying for the record of world's oldest dog.
Owner Janelle Derouen said Max marked his 26th birthday in August, and the Guinness World Records officials are now reviewing the claim.
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