Worlds oldest dog dies ages 22 as tributes made for country music loving pooch

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The world’s oldest dog, Pebbles, has sadly passed away just five months before her 23rd birthday.

The death of the Toy Fox Terrier was reported by the Guinness World Records who is said to have died from natural causes.

The adorable pooch passed away in her South Carolina home as she saw out her days with owners Bobby and Julie Gregory.

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Pebbles was born on March 28, 2000 and following the anointment of the chihuahua TobyKeith as the world's oldest dog, Pebbles' owners realised that their dog was the real victor.

Julie told Guinness World Records that: "Bobby was sitting on the couch and friends and family started texting and calling about a story they saw about a 21-year-old dog getting the record.

"When I saw TobyKeith’s story all over the news, I applied."

Shortly after initially acquiring Pebbles, the Toy Fox Terrier soon became a mother after giving birth to 32 puppies across three different litters with her pooch pal, Rocky, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 16.

Julie and Bobby announced Pebbles' passing in a press release where the pair revealed that she had spent most of her life in Taylors, South Carolina and was an extremely active dog.

“She spent her days enjoying country music and being loved. She enjoyed trying new foods, she was pampered, and most of all she was loved," the couple said.

They added: “Pebbles was not just another dog, she had her own way about her, and her own personality. She was a once in a lifetime companion, and it was an honour to have had that blessing to have her as a pet, and family member.

"There was no-one who met Pebbles who didn’t love her.”

Many fans of the departed canine were deeply saddened by her passing with one writing on Twitter: “RIP Pebbles.”

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Another commented: “Rip pebbles 🙁 but also how are they keeping up with the record for world's oldest dog like that has to change at least every hour."

In news that would have surely devastated Pebbles, country music legend Loretta Lynn passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday.

The singer-songwriter had a storied career spanning six decades where she was nominated for 18 Grammy's throughout her career, winning three.

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