Let me share some delightful news that is sure to warm your heart. A golden retriever recently marked her 20th birthday, earning her the title of the world’s oldest dog of her breed.
In case you’re not aware, August the Golden Retriever is an extraordinary dog because she has almost doubled the average lifespan of her breed, which is quite impressive. Known as Augie to her loved ones, she actually turned a significant age in April, but it’s only recently been announced to the public. Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, residents of Tennessee, fostered August when she was already 14 years old, and they weren’t certain about her longevity. To put it into perspective, 14 years in human years is about 78 years in medium-sized dog years. Therefore, August was already advanced in age when she finally found her forever home.
According to Steve Hetterscheidt, they decided to become a “forever foster” parent for the dog they took in because they thought that no one would be interested in adopting a dog that was already a few years older than the average lifespan.
After a span of two years, it was apparent that the dog they rescued was still thriving, prompting the couple to proceed with the adoption. Upon Jennifer Hetterscheidt’s retirement from the rescue center in Nevada, they relocated to Tennessee, where they presently reside. As of late, the dog has just celebrated its 20th birthday and, save for a few minor health concerns, remains in good health.
According to reports, Golden Retrievers usually have a lifespan of around 10 to 12 years. However, a rescue organization called Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee recently shared some heartwarming news about a dog named Augie who exceeded that average life expectancy. This organization had previously helped find a loving home for Augie, who had lived for almost twice as long as expected. The news was shared on the organization’s social media page just a few days ago.
The staff shared some adorable photos of Augie on her special day, noting that she has lived for 20 years which is twice the typical lifespan of a golden retriever. They attribute her longevity to her excellent genetics, as well as the care provided by her owner Jennifer and their good relationship with Augie’s veterinarian.