A dog in Tennessee has become the oldest known living golden retriever in history after celebrating her 20th birthday in April, according to a recent blog post from the GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue.
A golden retriever called August, or “Augie”, who lives with owners Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt in Oakland, Tennessee, turned 20 years old April 24. The couple said Augie was born in 2000 and had two previous homes before they adopted her when she was already 14.
Most golden retrievers live between 10 and 12 years.
GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue shared several photos showing a gray-haired Augie wearing a birthday bandana and enjoying “dog-friendly carrot cake” and some “quality time” with her golden retriever siblings, Sherman, Belle and Bruce.
Despite Augie’s age, Jennifer Hetterscheidt said her pet is still “surprisingly healthy,” and, although she does get a bit shaky when she first gets up, she can still move around well and enjoys daily walks around the yard.
(photo by GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue)