Maggie, an Australian Kelpie was possibly the world’s oldest dog. Recently, she peacefully lay down in her basket one last time and passed away.
Maggie was born on a farm in the Australian State of Victoria in the mid-1980s. She enjoyed her long life and the companionship of farmer Brian McLaren. Maggie spent most days following him between the farm’s dairy and office while maintaining order among the few dozen local cats.
“She was 30. She was still going along nicely last week. She was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” McLaren said.
McLaren says his youngest son, Liam, was four years old when they bought Maggie. He is now 34.
Maggie had been showing signs of her age before she passed, she struggled to walk but was looking happy as ever. She was deaf and losing her vision, but she never lost heart.
“She just went downhill in two days, and I said [one] morning when I went home for lunch, ‘She has not got long now,’” McLaren said. “I am sad, but I am pleased she went the way she went … We were great mates.”
The Guinness Book of World Records maintained that the world’s oldest verified dog was an Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey, who died in 1939 at the age of 29.
Bluey was bought as a puppy by a man named Les Hall, also of Victoria, in 1910 and worked among cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being euthanized on 14 November 1939.