Golden retrievers have an average life expectancy of ten to twelve years. But August, known lovingly as Augie, just turned twenty—making her the world’s oldest golden retriever.
Augie celebrated this milestone birthday back in April, but news of the event just went public. Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee, who previously helped find Augie her home, confirmed the news on their Facebook page.
“At 20 years old, she’s just about doubled the expected lifespan for golden retrievers and she’s still kicking,” wrote staff. “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.”
Augie was born on April 24, 2000 and had two previous homes before settling in with her people, Jennifer and Stever Hetterscheidt in Oakland, California. The family adopted Augie when she was already fourteen years old.
“We care for them as long as we have them, and love them forever,” said the couple, who have also adopted three additional retrievers.
Augie celebrated her special birthday in style with a cake and a very stylish ensemble. The Hetterscheidt’s say that while Augie is a little shaky on her feet sometimes, she still enjoys walking around the garden.
While there are many stories of seventeen or eighteen-year-old golden retrievers, Augie can celebrate knowing she is one of a kind. Cheers, doggo!