There’s been a lot of bad news recently, so here’s something to cheer you up. Meet, August, the golden retriever who has been celebrating her 20th birthday, making her the world’s oldest of her breed.
She’s a pretty remarkable pooch, reaching almost double the average life expectancy of her breed.
Affectionately known as Augie – the doggo actually celebrated her milestone birthday back in April, but news of the event has only just been made public.
The average life expectancy for Golden Retrievers is 10 to 12 years, but Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee – who had previously helped find a home for Augie – confirmed she’d almost doubled that, sharing the news on its Facebook page just a few days ago.
Along with some photos of Augie looking absolutely adorable on her special day, staff wrote: “At 20 years old, she’s just about doubled the expected lifespan for golden retrievers and she’s still kicking.
“She’s lived so long largely because she’s got great genetics, but also her owner, Jennifer, has done a great job of taking care of her and ensuring that they have a good relationship with Augie’s vet.”
After being rehomed twice (due to no fault of her own), she eventually landed with Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee, and it’s still unclear who the lucky ones are here.
Jennifer and Steve, who were active in their local golden retriever rescue organization when they got Augie, adopted her when she was 14 years old.
They figured that most people wouldn’t want such an elderly golden, but they had no idea of the upcoming journey they would be on with Augie.
They’ve taken her on RV trips all around the country, she’s got several canine and feline siblings, and she gets to play fetch in the pool.
On the other hand, Jennifer and Steve have been rewarded with over six years of love and loyalty from this wonderful (and now record-holding) golden.
People on Facebook commented with adorable photos of their dogs to wish August a happy 20th birthday.
Wait till you see these!
So how does a 20-year-old golden retriever celebrate her record-setting birthday?
With a dog-friendly carrot cake and some quality time with her golden retriever siblings, Sherman, Belle, and Bruce!
Her owner, Jennifer, says she’s surprisingly healthy.
“She can still move around well (although she’s a bit shaky when she first gets up) and enjoys daily walks around the yard.
“Since she was diagnosed with some kidney issues when she was 14, she now eats a mixture of wet and dry Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d, and takes some supplements for her kidneys and joints.
She also gets SQ fluids twice a week, which has helped her perk up quite a bit.”