Maggie the Kelpie, the world’s oldest dog, has peacefully passed away at the age of 30 after falling asleep in her basket at her home in Victoria, Australia.
“She was still going along nicely last week,” her owner Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer, told the Weekly Times. “She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing. She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch … ‘She hasn’t got long now’.”
Maggie has been buried under a pine tree besides McLaren’s other dog. Her age can’t be verified because her paperwork got lost when she was a puppy, but Brian says that his 34 year-old son Liam was only four when Maggie joined their family. Considering that most dogs live between eight and 15 years, Maggie certainly had a nice long life. In fact, 30 in human years is roughly 133 in dog years!
“I’m sad,” said Brian, “but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the officially recognised world’s oldest dog was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who died in 1939 aged 29. (h/t: Weekly Times)