The usual lifespan of golden retrievers is 10 to 12 years. August has lived 80 percent longer than her peers
A golden retriever from Oakland, Tennessee, has officially been crowned the oldest golden retriever in the world. August aka Augie celebrated her 20th birthday on April 24. The title of 'World's oldest', however, didn't come her way until last week.
Golden retrievers of Augie's ilk typically have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years but the dear old pup has survived more than 80% longer than her peers on average, reports Today. Augie was rescued by the Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada and was later adopted by Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt in 2014. When they adopted her, she was already past the average retriever lifespan - at 14-years-old.
Speaking to the publication, Jennifer said: "She was a forever foster." The Nevada resident co-founded the rescue in 2002 and was serving as the facility's intake director when Augie was first brought in.
After leaving her job from the shelter, the family moved to Oakland where they reside currently. According to Hetterscheidt, the "oldest golden retriever" title had some stern competition as another dog a few months older than August was still around. The other dog passed away just a few weeks ago before turning 20.
Recounting the experience on how Hetterscheidt came to find out about Augie being the oldest, she said: "As she[Augie] got older, when she was around 17 or 18, we started searching for the oldest golden retriever, just casually. When she hit 19, I came across Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue, and on their FAQ, it said one golden retriever had just passed away, just under the age of 20."
Hetterscheidt reportedly contacted the Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue just before August turned 20 to find that there was one other dog that held the title. "When Augie hit 20, I gave her a couple more months, then contacted the rescue again, saying 'Now we have the oldest golden retriever, because she's over 20 years old,'" Hetterscheidt said.
Hetterscheidt and her husband then proceeded to check with Guinness World Records to see if their dog was the oldest but soon found out that they don't qualify dog ages based on the breed. They did, however, find that August was the 19th oldest dog in the world based on the record scale."We just did internet searches for months trying to find an older golden retriever, and we just couldn’t."
Happy 20th birthday to August - the oldest golden retriever! 🥳❤️ pic.twitter.com/EYSxeryYEH— Free Samples (@freesamplescouk) June 24, 2020
Hetterscheidt revealed to Today that August continues to be good in spite of her grandma-esque age after surviving some early-stage kidney failure issues which have since been treated with diet and supplements."When we got her from the rescue, she was in the early stages of kidney failure," she said. "At that time, she was at stage one out of four. With repeated annual bloodwork, she's become a two out of four, but she's still staying at stage two."
On June 20, the Maryland-based Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue officially shared a post announcing August's record-breaking birthday.
Old but gold. 🐶✨— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 25, 2020
LOOK: August, the oldest known living Golden Retriever turned 20 years old on April 24, 2020. Affectionately called Augie, she now lives in Oakland, Tennessee. Photos from Golden Heart Retrievers Rescue FB pic.twitter.com/hnaFQTR3QM
The kidney problems no longer take a toll on August's daily life and she still reportedly enjoys going on walks and playing fetch in the family pool. "She's got some lumps and bumps, some skin tags, but she can move so fast when you open the refrigerator door," Hetterscheidt continued, adding that even though she is "a little wobbly when she first gets up in the morning," August enjoys "walks around the property."
August has other canine and feline companions to keep her company at the Hetterscheidt home. The family reportedly have three other golden retrievers aging between seven to 10, and a cat."She's happy doing something, she's happy doing nothing," Hetterscheidt concluded. "She's showing her age, she's slowing down, but she's got gusto, this old girl."
LOOK: A 20-year-old dog from the United States was declared the “oldest known” and “oldest living” Golden Retriever in history.— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) June 25, 2020
The Golden Retriever named August or “Augie” was born on April 24, 2000. (📷: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue)
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