“Alta cocker” is a Yiddish expression meaning “old man” and is how his owner describes his cocker spaniel, Uno, who turned 22 on New Year’s Day. He suspects the dog may be the “alta-est” in the world.
Unfortunately, there’s no way for Uno’s owner, Sherman Oaks, California, optometrist Norm Steinberg, to prove the dog’s age; he didn’t come with any official papers, just the ones that are placed on the floor.
According to Dennis McCarthy's human interest column in the Los Angeles Daily News:
Steinberg adopted Uno in 1990 from two women in Valencia who were opening a day care center and could only keep a few dogs. They told him Uno had been born on Jan. 1, 1988.
Dr. Robert Clipsham, a Sherman Oaks veterinary, described Uno as an amizing dog.
"I would not have predicted him doing this well this long. He has his share of geriatric age problems, but for a guy pushing 110, he's phenomenal."
Steinberg said Uno is a food fussy as well as a water purist. If everything isn’t perfectly suited to his taste, he turns his nose up at it.
If his birth date is accurate, that puts him around 110 in human years.
“Hell, I'd be picky, too. And cranky, Steinberg said.”
Steinberg and his girlfriend, Cherie Gigliotti, began thinking about Uno setting a record for oldest dog when they saw a Dachshund mix named Chanel on the “Today” show last year, who will be going into the Guinness Book of World Records this year as the oldest living dog in the world at age 21.
Since there’s no record of Uno’s birth, Steinberg said they are satisfied with Uno being the unofficial world’s oldest dog.