OAKLAND, Tenn. — A rescue group in Tennessee posted on Facebook that a golden retriever living there is the oldest of her breed in history.
August, or Augie, turned 20 years old on April 24, 2020, the group said.
According to GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue, “There are many accounts of 17- or 18-year-old goldens, and even a few stories about 19-year-old goldens, but Augie is the first golden retriever to ever reach the big two-oh.”
Augie is owned by Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tenn. The couple adopted Augie when she was 14 years old. The couple have three more golden retrievers: Sherman, Belle and Bruce.
The couple told the rescue that Augie is healthy although she has some kidney issues and takes supplements for that and her joints and receives subcutaneous fluids twice a week for added hydration.
She celebrated her birthday with dog-friendly carrot cake.
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