An Australian dog that may have been the oldest dog ever died in her bed on Sunday in Woolsthorpe, several news outlets reported.
Brian McLaren told the local reporters that his dog Maggie, A Kelpie, lived to the remarkable age of 30. Maggie would have been about 164 years old in human years, According to the American Kennel Club.
Maggie. Video frame / Facebook
“Most dogs live for 8 to 15 years, and authentic records of dogs living over 20 years are rare and generally involve the smaller breeds,” the organization said.
“She was still going along nicely last week,” her owner told reporters. “She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing. We’re good friends,” he told the station. “We’ve grown up together,” he added.
McLaren said Maggie was deaf, “but in otherwise good health. Until two days ago.”
He recalled the dog’s loyalty, saying that Maggie would wait for the kids to come home from school each day.
“When the kids were growing up they’d get off the bus at 4:10 p.m. and if they weren’t, she’d be there barking at 4:15,” McLaren told ABC.
Last year, local station 7 News Perth did a story on Maggie, who at the time was believed to be 29 years old.
Rest In Peace, Maggie.
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H/T: Huffington Post.