Dog years: Max and his owner Janelle Derouen yesterday as the mixed breed terrier celebrated his 26th birthday
Setting the world record for theOldest Dog.
"He's a very, very laid back dog," said Janelle. "He'll play with the kids for a bit but if they bother him too long he'll wander off.
"He doesn't have any fancy toys, just a bit of rope and a regular squeaky ball."
Janelle, who gave Max a birthday party on Sunday, says his secret is taking life easy. She added: "He's very laid back. He likes to relax and keep life simple."
When Janelle DeRouen of New Iberia, La., heard aboutChanel, the 21-year-old pooch who made headlines recently for being the world's oldest dog, she knew she had to set the record straight.
Max has vet papers to prove he was born in 1983 and owners Janelle and Billy Derouen are happy to have him recognized by the World Record Academy as the world's oldest dog.
At Max's birthday bash, friends and family all gathered to pay tribute to the special dog. "He was chewing on his little birthday cake that was made of cream cheese and peanut butter," says DeRouen. "He was thrilled."
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"We had a gift table set up. He had other little doggie friends over," DeRouen tells PEOPLE Pets. "Me and my husband [got] him his own little sofa bed. He has his own little couch now."
Janelle and Billy bought Max from a local sugar cane farmer in 1983. "He was the only one in the litter that was brown and I liked the colour so I took him home," said Janelle.
Max, the world's Oldest Dog , has been visiting the same vet since birth at the Robichaux Veterinary Clinic in New Iberia. An 80s puppy Max's birth was formally logged in 1983.
Born in 1983, the "active" geriatric dog hasn't had many health problems over the years, says DeRouen.
"The only time I had to bring him to the vet for something serious was for a tooth to be extracted. But that's it," she says. In recent years, he's had a few expected aliments. "He is starting to get cataracts, a little arthritis, but otherwise he's healthy."
DeRouen, who's a patient services coordinator at a neurologist's office, says the dog's longevity is a mystery to her. "I'm still wondering," she says. "I don't feed him any type of table food. He started on Puppy Chow as a puppy and has been eating Kibbles 'n Bits for the last 15 years."
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