Who is Gisela Shore? Meet the owner of the world’s oldest living dog

Bruno Cooke April 20, 2022
Who is Gisela Shore? Meet the owner of the world’s oldest living dog


TobyKeith made headlines today as the world’s oldest living dog. The record-breaking chihuahua is 21 years old – but what do we know about TobyKeith’s owner, Gisela Shore?

Meet Gisela Shore, owner of the world’s oldest living dog

Gisela took over ownership of TobyKeith from an elderly couple who called him Peanut Butter. When they found themselves unable to look after him, Gisela gave him a new home.

She’s got two other dogs besides record-breaking TobyKeith: seven-year-old American bulldog Luna and three-year-old Chinese-crested Lala. Then there are parrots Coco and Coqui, respectively a 28-year-old umbrella cockatoo and a 32-year-old African grey.

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Gisela lives with her three dogs and two birds in Greenacres, Florida, and celebrated her oldest pooch’s achievement with family and friends – and by giving TobyKeith a bath, nail trim and special car ride.

Shore and husband Bill have been married for ten years – they will celebrate their 11th anniversary on 11 November 2022. 

Her Instagram posts frequently feature her twin sister – their birthday is on 24 February. Sons Eric and Alex also make regular appearances. Gisela was born in Cuba and raised in Los Angeles but has lived in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 1992.

How old is TobyKeith?

Born 9 January 2001, chihuahua TobyKeith recently turned 21. He’s been with Gisela since he was just a pup.

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“I was a volunteer at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue,” she told the Guinness Book Of World Records, “and one of the employees told me about an elderly couple trying to surrender a puppy because they could not take care of him any longer.

“I met with the elderly couple and was introduced to a tiny tan chihuahua. They had named him Peanut Butter. I later changed his name to TobyKeith.”

TobyKeith may be old but he’s still got it. Here’s a video of him giving Luna – whom Gisela calls “Queen Luna” – a speedy massage.

Over the past two decades, Gisela Shore has fostered more than 150 dogs and puppies from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue. 

How old was the oldest dog ever, and what breed was it?

The oldest dog ever recorded was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey. Bluey lived to be 29 years and five months old, doubling the average longevity of the Australian cattle dog (13.41 years). Below is a purebred Australian cattle dog for illustrative purposes.

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Others have claimed to own older dogs. Brian McLaren, of Woolsthorp, Victoria, told The Weekly Times in 2016 that his Kelpie – another Australian cattle dog – died at the age of 30.

And another Australian dog, Chilla, died in 1984 at the reputed age of 32. Her owner was David Gordon, of Broadbeach in Queensland, Australia, who said Chilla mostly ate boiled leftovers “such as potato peels, cabbage ends and egg shells”, with a soup bone “tossed in for flavouring”.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.