The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. For good reason too, just take one look at this adorable face and it will be easy to see why these pups, known for their friendly and tolerant attitudes make wonderful additions to any family.
August, known affectionately as “Augie”, the Golden Retriever recently celebrated a milestone birthday that has put this good upper in the record books. She turned 20 years old on April 24th, 2020.
While this might not seem like a huge deal, but GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue announced that this 20th birthday made Augie the oldest known Golden Retriever in history!
There are many goldens who reach the ripe old age of 17 or 18-years old, and even a few that have reached 19 but Augie is the first golden retriever to ever reach the big two-oh.
GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue has been so kind as to share the wonderful story of Augie with the world and to talk a little about how you can give your golden if you have one, a long and happy life.
Sadly, Augie was rehomed twice (due to no fault of her own) before she was paired with her most perfect furever home with Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee. Nobody can say for sure who the lucky one was in this situation.
Jennifer and Steve were active members of their local golden retriever rescue and adopted her when she was 14. Augie has taken RV trips all over the country with her owners, loves to play fetch in the pool, and has several dog and cat siblings.
Many ask, how does one celebrate such an important milestone? With a dog-friendly carrot cake and some quality time with her golden retriever siblings, Sherman, Belle, and Bruce, of course.
Augie is quite healthy for her age, she was diagnosed with some kidney issues when she was 14, and eats a mixture of wet and dry Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d. She also takes some supplements for her kidneys and joints.
20 years old is nearly twice Augie’s expected lifespan, and she’s still going strong.
Golden Hearts 5 Tips For Helping Your Golden Retriever Live A Long Life
- Listen to your veterinarian.
- Listen to your dog.
- Feed your dog a quality dog food.
- Groom your golden retriever regularly.
- Exercise your golden retriever regularly.
If you are interested in adopting, Here’s a list of golden retriever rescues in every state .