BOZEMAN - When you think of abnormally large animal tongues, you may think of a cow or a giraffe. But one Bozeman dog could give them a run for their money.
Mochi, a rescue, was adopted by Carla Rickert and her husband almost 7 years ago.
"The first family that adopted her actually gave her back, and then they called us a month later after we had been told we couldn’t have her and asked if we still wanted her,” Carla said. “We asked what was the problem, because we didn't want an aggressive dog, and they said her tongue was too big of a mess."
And that long tongue has gained Mochi some fame. She is in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records for the longest dog tongue.
"We contacted the Guinness World Record Company when our vet relentlessly kept saying this dog has the longest tongue. And he had done a lot of dental work on her, and I kept thinking there's not a world record for that," said Carla.
Sure enough there was, and Mochi's tongue measures in at 14 inches long. But that's not the only place you can find Mochi. She is the main character in Carla's book, “The Adventures of Mochi the Dog”.
Upon Mochi’s setting the record, Carla thought she would make a great main character. “Not a person, but a creature and animal that really made her unwanted and unexpected and I thought so many kids go through that," she said.
The first book in what Carla plans to be a series focuses on anti-bullying, with some elements of science learning sprinkled in. For her next book, she plans to have it even more science-based, but still making sure it is a fun learning experience.
"So I just had this moment where I thought, I just want to make it fun and more like an adventure for these kids."
Besides in her book, you can sometimes find Mochi in schools teaching kids about anti-bullying and giving some big doggie kisses.
You can also follow Mochi on her adventures on Instagram @adventuresofmochithedog.