Is this Britain’s oldest dog? Taffy the Chihuahua turns 147 after family adopted him from Dogs Trust seven years ago
- Taffy enjoys two walks a day with a Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua
- His owners say they fell in love with him straight away and are delighted they have been able to give him the perfect retirement home in Winsford, Cheshire
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This adorable pooch has just celebrated his 21st birthday – meaning he could be Britain’s oldest dog.
Taffy, a Chihuahua, was adopted from the Dogs’ Trust when he was 14 – but seven years later, he is still going strong.
Despite reaching 147 in dog years, the pooch still enjoys two walks a day with his pals – an 11-year-old Shih Tzu named Josh, an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier called Harry, and Deano, a 13-year-old Chihuahua-cross.
Taffy, a chihuahua, was adopted from a Dogs’ Trust when he was 14 – but seven years later, he is still going strong
His owners, Handsley and Michelle Townhill from Winsford, Cheshire, adopted Taffy from the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury rehoming centre in 2012.
Even though Taffy was slightly nervous initially, he is now settled and just celebrated his 21st birthday.
Handsley said they fell in love with him straight away and are delighted that they have been able to give him the perfect retirement home.
He said: ‘When we arrived at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury we saw him out on a walk and it was love at first sight for us, but not for Taffy.
‘When we met him he was really scared. He’d been at the charity for six months but before that he definitely hadn’t been given the love he deserved, so it wasn’t surprising he was anxious when he met new people.
‘He had built a fantastic bond with the canine carers but we left without even stroking him, as we didn’t want to make him more stressed, but he’d stolen our hearts.
Even though Taffy was slightly nervous initially, he is now settled and just celebrated his 21st birthday with his pals an 11-year-old Shih Tzu named Josh, an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier called Harry, and Deano, a 13-year-old chihuahua Cross
‘Luckily for us, after long chats with the team about how we would build Taffy’s confidence, and once we had introduced him to our other dogs to make sure they all got along, Taffy was able to come and live with us and his new life began.
‘When we adopted Taffy we didn’t know how long we’d have him, but we just wanted to give him whatever he needed for however long he was part of our family.
‘Seven years on, he’s wonderful. I’d encourage anyone thinking of rescuing a dog to never be put off by age.
‘He has given us so much love and joy and hopefully he’ll continue to love his life with us for a long time to come.’
His owners, Handsley (pictured) and Michelle Townhill from Winsford, Cheshire adopted Taffy from the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury rehoming centre in 2012.
Louise Campbell, Dogs Trust Shrewsbury manager, added: ‘This is such a fantastic happy ending for Taffy – his age and the fact that he was so nervous meant he was with us quite some time.
‘He was really in need of a patient, understanding family, which he definitely found with the Townhills.
‘To know he has had seven years of love and happiness is wonderful, and here’s hoping he has many more.’
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