dy for some uplifting news? A golden retriever has just turned 20 years old, setting a new record as the oldest dog of her breed in the world.
In case you’re not aware, Augie, the Golden Retriever, is a truly remarkable dog. This is because she has surpassed the average life expectancy of her breed by almost double, which is quite an achievement. In April, Augie celebrated her birthday, reaching the ripe old age of 20, but this news has only recently been made public. Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt from Tennessee fostered Augie when she was 14 years old, and they were unsure how long she would live since 14 years of age equates to approximately 78 medium breed dog years. Therefore, Augie was already quite old when she found her forever home. It’s heartwarming to see that Augie has lived a long and happy life with her loving family.
According to Steve Hetterscheidt, they decided to take on the role of a “forever foster” for their dog since they thought no one would be interested in adopting an older dog that is past its prime years.
Despite being with the rescue center for two whole years, the couple who came to visit her couldn’t resist adopting her. Jennifer Hetterscheidt, who was working at the rescue center, decided to retire and move to Tennessee with her new furry friend. It’s been six years since then, and the dog has just turned 20 years old. Although there have been some minor health concerns, she is still in good shape.
Golden Retrievers typically live between 10 and 12 years, but Augie, who was previously taken in by Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee, has surpassed that by almost double. The rescue organization shared this incredible news on their social media page recently.
The staff shared some cute pictures of Augie on her special day and mentioned that she has surpassed the average lifespan of golden retrievers by reaching 20 years. They credited this achievement to Augie’s excellent genetics and the loving care and attention given by her owner, Jennifer, who ensures that Augie receives regular veterinary check-ups.