Augie is the top dog — or the oldest one, at least.
August, also known as “Augie” turned 20 in April, according to a blog post from the GoldHeart Golden Retrievers rescue. The dog in Oakland, Tenn. is believed to be the oldest living golden retriever.
Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, Augie’s owner, say the dog was born in 2000 and had two previous homes before they adopted her when she was 14.
“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,” the rescue group wrote. “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.”
Golden retrievers usually live between 10 and 12 years.
Jennifer Hetterscheidt said Augie was still “surprisingly healthy” despite her advanced age.
According to an online calculator, a 20-year-old golden retriever is 145 and considered a “senior dog.” No kidding.