Having spent almost half her life in the care of Dogs Trust, Queenie now lives with the charity's assistant manager, and there's life in the old dog yet.
By, 13 Feb 2020
At 21 years of age, Queenie has already outlived 8 of the 20 dogs thought to have lived longer than any other. The Collie crossbreed lives with Bridget Pike, an assistant manager for the UK’s Dogs Trust charity in Salisbury, and her two dogs Bonnie and Bo.
The secret of Queenie's longevity may be hard to come by because an easy life she certainly has not had. In fact, Queenie spent eight years in charity care after being discovered stray and nervous.
“Queenie is one tough cookie,” Ms Pike told the Salisbury Journal. “Despite the fact she can't run around like she used to, she loves to be out and about in the fresh air."
“She's almost completely blind but there's nothing wrong with her sense of smell - she knows if I haven't topped her dog food with cooked chicken and stands there looking up at me until I add it to her food!”
Adopting an older dog
Pike hopes her adoption of Queenie will prompt others to consider adopting a senior dog. Many prospective owners shy away from taking on older dogs without considering the benefits therein.
"She has so much character and it just goes to show that you shouldn't overlook older dogs,” Pike added.