This is the story of Maggie, an Australian Kelpie who was quite possibly the world’s oldest dog.
I say ‘was’ because Maggie has recently punctuated her record as she lay down peacefully in her basket one final time and quietly passed away in her sleep. 🙁
Born on a farm in the Australian state of Victoria in the mid-1980s, Maggie thoroughly enjoyed her long life and the friendship she shared with farmer Brian McLaren.
She would spend most days following along behind McLaren as he walked between the farm’s dairy and the office. It was her sworn duty to maintain order among the few dozen local cats on the farm.
“She was 30. She was still going along nicely last week. She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and that sort of thing,” said McLaren in a news interview with the Weekly Times.
But what may only seem like a few decades to us, was over 200 dog years for Maggie. The BBC reported that McLaren’s youngest son, Liam, was only four years old when they bought Maggie and now Liam is 34 years old.
7 News Perth out of Australia, interviewed McLaren and Maggie for a feature a while before Maggie passed away. She was struggling a bit to walk, but overall she looked as happy as could be.
Take a look:
Maggie was showing signs of her advanced age before she passed away; she was deaf, and her vision was failing her, but one thing she never lost was heart!
“She just went downhill in two days and I said [one] morning when I went home for lunch, ‘She hasn’t got long now,'” said McLaren. “I’m sad but I’m pleased she went the way she went…We were great mates.”
The world’s oldest verified dog was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. He died in 1939 when he was 29 years old.
Bluey was bought when he was just a puppy by Les Hall, who ironically was also from Victoria, in 1910. Bluey worked with the cattle and sheep for almost 20 years before Hall had to have him euthanized on November 14, 1939.
Stories such as those of Maggie and Bluey, or really any dog that lives over the age of 20, are extremely rare. But age is just a number and we’ve got to look after our four-legged friends everyday to make sure that they are enjoying the lives they have.
What do you think about this amazing dog and her incredible life? Do you have an elderly dog? If so how old is it?
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