Pet Tales: Greyhound is 136 years old (in human years)

Heather Warlick: An Edmond greyhound, Myka, might set a record as the oldest living greyhound in the world if he makes it to 20.
by Heather Warlick Published: November 12, 2012
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Myka the greyhound is 136 years old (in human years, at least)

The average life span of a Greyhound is 12 to 14 years, but an Edmond greyhound seems to have found a secret to longevity.

Myka, whose human is Coree Jakobs, is 19.5 years old and in great health.

“He doesn't have arthritis or back problems. His sight is good, his ears are good, he can sniff anything,” Jakobs said. Jakobs adopted Myka from a Woodward breeder when the dog was 18 months old.

“He wouldn't qualify for racing. When they don't qualify, they send them back to the breeder and usually they just put them down,” Jakobs said. He believes Myka's long life span is because he never raced.

If Myka makes it to 20 — and all signs indicate he will — he could set a record for being the oldest greyhound in the world.

In his younger days, Myka's favorite pastime was, you guessed it, running. And running fast. He loved to challenge other dogs to races. These days, however, Myka is content to take long walks with Jakobs.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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