World's Oldest Dog Dies at 21 on Long Island

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    Chanel the wonder dog had a heart murmur, a tumor on her foot and cataracts at the time of her death.

    She just celebrated her birthday a few months ago at a Manhattan dog hotel and spa, but now she's gone to an eternal retreat.

    Chanel, a Long Island wire-haired dachshund regarded as the world's oldest dog, has died. She was 21 -- 147 in dog years.

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    The loveable pup, who made an appearance on the "Today" show in May, died Friday of natural causes at her home in Port Jefferson Station.

    The Guinness Book of World Records named Chanel "the oldest dog" last spring when a 28-year-old beagle from Virginia died. Guinness officials helped the centenarian canine celebrate her 21st birthday in May.

    Chanel, whose stark white hair bore a striking contrast to her red fur of yesteryear, wore special protective glasses to shield her cataracts from the sun and a sweater to keep her warm. The daschund mix had a diet that would have her canine colleagues' stomachs growling in envy. No dog food for this pup. Chanel ate boiled chicken with whole-wheat pasta and a custom-designed soft treat that's easier for her elderly teeth to chew.

    In other dog news, someone kidnapped a sick poodle from its home in New Jersey.

    The brown and white pup, named Kiki, ran away from its dog-sitter and allegedly got lifted by a man in a construction van, according to NJ.com

    A witness asked the man what he was doing with the dog, but the man said the dog belonged to him.

    "He said he was retrieving his dog that just jumped out of his van," Detective Lt. James Sarnicki told NJ.com. "The dog's a 6-year-old poodle, and he's actually sickly. Why anyone would want to take him is beyond me, but these things happen."