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S.C. dachshund turns 18

May 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

FORT MILL, S.C., May 7 (UPI) -- A South Carolina dachshund celebrated her 18th birthday, a feat veterinarians said is rare for any canine.

Randy Mahaffey of Fort Mill threw a birthday party Monday for his dog, Dappie, whose official American Kennel Club certificate shows she was born May 6, 1995, The State, Columbia, S.C., reported Tuesday.

Mahaffey said Dappie is likely one of the oldest dogs in York County.

"Maybe we could start the oldest dog in York County annual awards, show people how much love it takes to nurture a dog to that old age and how dogs can be such good companions," Mahaffey said. "Love goes both ways, and I love Dappie and she loves me."

Veterinarian Krystal Moore of the Fort Mill Animal Clinic said not many dogs make it to 18 and it is extremely rare for a dachshund to reach the age.

"The oldest one I have ever had here was 15," she said.

A dachshund in Sri Lanka is believed to have lived to the age of 22, becoming the oldest dachshund on record.

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