Photo Saint Bernard, Mochi “Mo” Rickert Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A slobbering St. Bernard from Sioux Falls named Mochi, has the longest dog tongue in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Guiness officially measures Mochi’s tongue at 7.3 inches, but owner Carol Rickert says it’s actually much longer than that.

“It’s over 14 inches long from the root of the tongue to the tip.”

When you get kissed and licked by Mochi you stay licked.

“I don’t know if you have ever been kissed by a cow?, but that kiss that Mochi can deliver is very much like a cow feels like,” says Rickert.

Rickert has written a children’s book called ‘The Adventures of Mochi the Dog’, in which Mochi’s unique trait becomes her biggest strength. She says it’s encouragement for children who feel different.

“I know a lot of little kids feel that way sometimes if they wear eyeglasses, or someone teases them about their feet or too big or whatever attribute they have that makes them unique.”

She adopted eight-year-old Mochi from a rescue organisation six years ago. 

When I was interviewing Rickert for this story, Mochi was being groomed at a dog beauty parlor to get ready for a tour in Canada by the Guinness people to exhibit her famous tongue. We trust her long tongue won’t give her a swelled head.