Maggie, an Australian Kelpie who is quite possibly the oldest dog in the world, ended her incredible run recently. The elderly dog lay down in her basket for one last nap, and quietly passed away.
Maggie was born on a farm in Australia in the mid-1980s and enjoyed a long and happy life with her human, Brian McLaren, helping him around the farm and keeping the local cats in line. "She was 30. She was still going along nicely last week. She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing," says McLaren of Maggie's last days.
While 30 years doesn't necessarily seem that long to humans, you have to consider that that's over 200 dog years. Although there's no official record, McLaren says he got Maggie roughly when his son Liam was four. Liam is now 34.
Shortly before she died, Maggie was featured in a story by an Australian news crew, and appeared to be in good spirits despite moving slowly. She was deaf and losing her eyesight, but she never lost heart.
"She just went downhill in two days and I said [one] morning when I went home for lunch, ‘She hasn’t got long now,’" says McLaren. "I’m sad but I’m pleased she went the way she went… We were great mates."
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the official world's oldest dog was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, who died at the age of 29 in 1939. Interestingly, he was also a farm dog in the Victoria region, just like Maggie.
H/T: 7 News Perth