Wholesome News: The First Golden Retriever To Reach The Age Of 20

With a dog-friendly cake and loved ones around her, August the golden retriever celebrated her birthday recently. But little did she know that as she licked the frosting off her cake, she was making history.

The pup, affectionately known as Augie, turned 20, making her the oldest known golden retriever. There have been accounts of goldens living to 17 or 18, and even a few stories about 19-year-old goldens, but Augie is the first to reach 20, according to Golden Hearts, the blog that first shared the dog’s story.
The GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Maryland confirmed the news, writing in a Facebook post that Augie is the “oldest known, oldest living Golden Retriever!”
On April 24, Augie celebrated her 20th birthday with her humans, Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, and her three furry siblings at their home in Oakland, Tennessee.
While the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 100-person party planned by Augie’s humans, they still made sure Augie felt loved.
For a 20-year-old dog, August is surprisingly healthy, said Jennifer. She has minimal problems moving around, with a little bit of shaking when first getting up, and enjoys daily walks in the yard.

The rescue said Augie, who was adopted by Oakland residents Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt at the age of 14, celebrated her 20th birthday April 24, becoming the first golden retriever known to have reached the third decade of life.

The breed has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

The Hetterscheidts said Augie remains remarkably healthy for her advanced age. The canine was diagnosed with kidney issues at the age of 14, which are managed with a combination of special food and dietary supplements.

Augie, as she’s often affectionately called, became the oldest living Golden Retriever known to date

Image credits: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue / Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt

People found out about her when GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue shared a congratulatory Facebook post, which soon went viral

The rescue’s post soon went viral, accumulating over 16,000 reactions with 11,000 comments, mostly congratulatory, and 23,000 shares.

This is quite impressive considering that Golden Retrievers typically live just 10 to 12 years

Image credits: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue / Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt

She spent the day with her human companions and doggy siblings eating dog-friendly carrot cake

The GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue also has some tips on how to make sure your Golden Retriever lives long and prospers (which actually fits most dogs, not just retrievers):

1. Listen to your veterinarian, as they will know your dog and will be able to give the best recommendations and plan actions to keep them healthy.

2. Listen to your dog. They communicate even without communicating—if you see them react negatively to food or certain activities, then change it up.

3. Feed your dog a quality dog food, as better food will ensure better health, a better mood for your dog, and you’ll avoid most of the vet bills that you’ll be otherwise saving for with poorer quality chow.

4. Groom your golden retriever regularly, as it will keep them looking their best and keep them healthy as it prevents things like ear infections, gum, and teeth or even skin issues.

5. Lastly, exercise your golden retriever regularly to keep their heart and muscle strength.

There are many accounts of 17, 18 and even 19-year-old Golden Retrievers, but never about a 20-year-old one

Image credits: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue / Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt

People Wished Happy Birthday To This Amazing Doggo

People Share “Unwritten Rules” of the Society That Everyone Should Follow, and Here Are 20 of Them

In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.

However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.

One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.



If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem


Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –



If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor




If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude


Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia


The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277


When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2


If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-



Put the shopping cart back where it GOES! –brock0124


If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music. – AgeOfWomen


Quit pissing on public toilet seats. – kpeterson159


When someone else is paying the bill you shouldn’t order something very pricey (it’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat) –yomomma1000


The “wave” of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. Its just polite – dishyboii


Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs. – jdward01


Wear deodorant if you are out in public. –kyogre120·


If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.- greentea2727


PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic) – keri112493





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