The average lifespan of golden retrievers is about 11 years. Many have surpassed that number, and some dogs even reached the age of 19. However, there has been no known record of a golden retriever having lived up to the ripe age of 20. That is, until Augie.
August, who is also affectionately called Augie, made history this year for turning 20 last April 24. She definitely deserves an extraordinary birthday celebration. Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue officially recognized her as the breed’s oldest living pup.
Her life has not always been quite smooth-sailing. Despite being a charming and well-behaved dog, she has been adopted but returned twice for reasons beyond her control. Her experience living with different families has probably made her more resilient and adaptable.
Thankfully, she finally found her real forever home with Steve and Jennifer Hetterscheidt at the age of 14. She was already considered a senior at that time, but the couple described her health as relatively fair. Augie, later on, had kidney issues but had no other serious illness since. She now takes supplements for her joints and kidney but otherwise still healthy and spry.
At 20, the Methuselah of Goldies still loves walking and playing fetch as well as going on trips on the RV. He probably gets his energy from being with his three younger and very energetic siblings, namely Belle, Bruce, and Sherman. Her family has never thought that she would live this long, so they make sure that every moment counts.
Augie enjoyed an epic birthday party complete with a very special carrot cake. Setting a record is just a bonus because her family is more focused on spending more time with Augie, who, despite living twice his expected lifespan, is very much alive and kicking. Congrats, Augie!
Credits to GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue