Every dog owner can tell you that dogs aren’t with us for nearly long enough. But 30 years is an incredibly long life for a pooch. Maggie, an Australian Kelpie, lived her days on a dairy farm. And for most of her 30 years of life, she stayed in good health. But she suddenly deteriorated over two days and passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Unfortunately, Maggie can’t officially have the title of world’s oldest dog, as her owner, Brian McLaren, lost her paperwork long ago. Without that paperwork, there is no independent source of verification for her age. So she won’t make it into the Guiness Book of World Records. But hopefully a good, long life is an even better reward.
The current world record holder for world’s oldest dog is Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who, coincidentally, lived in Victoria, Australia, just like Maggie. Bluey lived from 1910 to 1939 and died at the age of 29 years and five months. He also lived on a farm. Maybe there’s something about farm life that keeps a dog happy and healthy.
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