'Augie' the Golden Retriever crowned the oldest of his breed in history

Must See 26/06/2020

A dog in the United States is believed to be the oldest golden retriever in history.

August turned 20 on April 24, and has lived with her owners Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt in Oakland, Tennessee for six years.

According to GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue, there have been accounts of 17 and 18-year-old golden retrievers, but it claims Augie - the name she's affectionately known by - is the first to reach 20 and is the "oldest golden retriever in history". It added most golden retrievers only live to about 10 to 12 years old.

She celebrated her birthday with a dog-friendly carrot cake and by spending time with her golden retriever siblings Sherman, Belle and Bruce.

Her owner Jennifer says she's a surprisingly healthy dog. Despite being diagnosed with kidney issues at 14, she can still move around well and enjoys daily walks. She also gets subcutaneous (SQ) fluids twice a week and takes supplements for her kidneys and joints.

Augie was born in 2000 and was rehomed twice before being adopted by the Hetterscheidts.

Jennifer and Steve were active in their local golden retriever rescue organisation when they adopted her.

The couple has several other dogs and cats, and has taken her on caravan trips around the US.

"She's lived so long largely because she's got great genetics, but also her owner, Jennifer, has done a great job of taking care of her and ensuring that they have a good relationship with Augie's vet," the rescue wrote on its website.

Jennifer added they care for their dogs as long as they have them, and they "love them forever".