Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Daisy the dog hits 100 dog-years on a roast and chilli diet

Published: Mon, February 25, 2013 

Pampered centenarian canine Daisy preparing to tuck into her birthday cake 

The centenarian canine tucked into some birthday cake to celebrate reaching the milestone – which her owner puts down to a diet of roast chicken and mashed potatoes, chilli and Chinese takeaways. 

Although the little Jack Russell was the runt of her litter and spent her first two years as a stray, she has more than made up for her bad start since being rescued by Mark Barsby-Finch and family from Tewkesbury, Gloucs.

He said: “Daisy has never had a tin of dog food in her life. She eats exactly what we eat.“ 

Her favourite meal is roast chicken and mashed potatoes, but she’ll happily eat anything. 

“She’s partial to a takeaway Chinese, and she loves a homemade chilli too, as long as it’s not too spicy. 

Daisy has never had a tin of dog food in her life. She eats exactly what we eat. 

Mark Barsby-Finch 

“I wouldn’t dream of giving her scraps – I cook an extra portion of food just for her, and she eats before the rest of the family.”In dog years, Daisy is 22 and the family celebrates her birthday on the anniversary of the day they adopted her, February 21. 

Although the oldest dog ever known in the UK reached the age of 26, Daisy is believed to be the oldest alive now.Mark added: “When we first adopted her, we had access to 40 acres of farmland, and Daisy used to be off out into the fields first thing in the morning, and reappear just in time for her tea. 

“She spends most of the time sleeping now, but apart from missing a few teeth and being a bit hard of hearing she’s in really good health.”

Daisy was adopted from Cheltenham Animal Shelter.l Is your dog older than Daisy? Ring the Daily Express on 0207 098 2982 

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