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She bumps into things, makes us get up early, pees on the floor, and is as demanding as any Chinese Dowager Princess could be expected. But we love her, and give her whatever she wants and needs. AKC certified as “Lady Flower II”, our shihtzu turns 20 years old today.

Yes, that’s probably a record somewhere (all of New York?), or at least easily in the oldest 1% of all dogs in the world today. The “oldest dog in America” died recently at 21, but there was an alleged 23-year-old (shihtzu) in Florida still alive.