April 21, 2021

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

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