MELVILLE, N.Y. - Chanel, a 21-year-old dachshund believed to be the world's oldest dog, has died.
The small pooch, who wore sunglasses for her cataracts and rode in a stroller when she could no longer walk, died Friday at home in Port Jefferson Station on Long Island, said her owner, Denice Shaughnessy.
"She just inhaled and took her last breath," Shaughnessy said. "Chanel had been telling me it's time."
The Guinness Book of World Records said earlier this year that Chanel was the oldest dog in the world.
In 1988 Shaughnessy, then a single mother in the Army, adopted the 6-week-old puppy in Newport News, Va. She showed Guinness officials records proving the dog's age.