Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was possibly the oldest canine in the world, has died.
At the age of 30, Maggie was over 200 in human years, and a contender for the oldest dog in the world, but Mr McLaren had lost the original paperwork for the dog, meaning that her age could not be independently verified.
If you were to talk to any dog lover on the planet, they would all tell you the same thing: the life expectancy of dogs is not long enough. The average dog only lives for 10 to 15 years. Owners who are able to hold onto their beloved pets for a longer period of time are well aware of their good fortune. Maggie, the former owner of the “World’s Oldest Living Dog” title, had just such an owner herself.
She was an Australian Kelpie who spent her days on a local daily farm with her family. Brian is her father and he claims that the dog lived to be 30 years old. He does not have the official documentation to prove it, though. This is one year longer than the previous record holder, who is believed to have died back in 1939. A public tribute has since been offered to Maggie.
She was a happy dog throughout the course of her life. Maggie loved nothing more than spending time with her favorite humans. She remained active until the very end as well. Maggie still took walks to the local office and even made time to growl at the local cats. You know, the important stuff. We are happy to report that she passed on peacefully.
Brian is sad about her loss but he is happy about the way that she went. She did not suffer at all during her final days. Even her father knew that her time was running out. He has made peace with her departure. This type of longevity is to be appreciated. It is hard to sad about the loss of a pet that was able to live such a full life.
One of the last ageing dogs to be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records was Chanel, who at one point was the oldest living dog on record. The dachshund from New York celebrated her 21st birthday in 2009.