A golden retriever from Tennessee, USA is now recognized as the world’s oldest golden retriever.
The Guinness World of Records only recognized the golden retriever “August” or “Augie” as the world’s oldest a week before her birthday. She just turned 20 last April 24.
In a Facebook post of GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue, Inc. last June 20, August celebrated her birthday with her other dog friends Sherman, Belle, and Bruce at Oakland home.
The average lifespan of this breed is usually between 10 and 12 years. Nevertheless, factors like proper diet and catering to its emotional needs hugely affect how long the dog lives.
GoldHearts reported the dog came from different homes. Later on, her now family Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee adapted her in 2014 when she was already 14 years old.
“She was a forever foster,” said Jennifer in the Today report. She co-founded the rescue in Nevada in 2002 and was the intake director when August came in.
After she retired from the shelter, her family, including August, moved to Oakland where they now reside.
Meanwhile, Jennifer assured people that August is still in great shape despite having kidney issues. She is currently taking supplements for her kidneys and joints, as well as getting SQ fluids twice a week.
Nevertheless, August current ailment does not stop from going out to take long walks and playing fetch in the family pool.