Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

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Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

Hi-Tide

Official Publication of La Jolla High School Since 1924

Hi-Tide

Not Just A Man’s Best Friend

A dog is a man’s best friend took on new meaning on Saturday, October 23, as Bobi, the world’s oldest dog ever, died at the age of 31. The long-lived purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, a breed of Portuguese dog, held two Guinness world records, living over twice the life expectancy of his breed. His owner, Leonel Costa, attributed Bobi’s long life to the “calm, peaceful environment” where he lived.

Underneath the surface of his almost inconceivable lifespan, Bobi did not have an easy beginning and, under different circumstances, could have had an entirely different ending. When Bobi and his siblings were born, Costa’s father decided they already had too many pets and took the litter to be buried alive before they could open their eyes. However, sometime after, Costa and his siblings found Bobi alive, camouflaged among a pile of logs. By the time their parents discovered their children had kept Bobi a secret, he was too old to be put down and would go on to live a very fulfilling life.

It’s really sad to see Bobi go, but it’s great to know that he lived such a long, happy life.

— Zac Schmidt, junior

 Junior Zac Schmidt said, “it’s really sad to see Bobi go, but it’s great to know that he lived such a long, happy life.” Bobi was truly one of a kind and captured the hearts of not only the Costa family but also many across the world. As Bobi’s veterinarian, Karen Becker, put it best, “despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on Earth would never be enough for those who loved him.”

Bobi. Image via Guinness World Records.
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Kyra Sharma, Managing and Opinions Editor
Kyra Sharma is a junior in her second year of Journalism as the Managing and Opinions editor. With her background as a staff writer and guest contributor for Hi-Tide over the past two years, as well as her heavy commitment to Speech and Debate, Kyra has had several opportunities to voice her opinion on important issues that are often left in the dark. She looks forward to furthering her journalistic career by encouraging staff writers to provide diverse perspectives on such matters, and ensuring that the publication remains a platform for impactful discussion. While Kyra is excited to contribute to the paper by writing and editing articles, as well as fundraising, she is also eager to continue working with her fellow staff members on Hi-Tide.