Maggie was a Kelpie and was owned by Victoria dairy farmer Brian McLaren.
Mr. McLaren told the local paper, the Weekly Times. that Maggie went to sleep in her basket and didn’t wake the next day. He told them:
“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,”
“She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch, ‘She hasn’t got long now.’
“I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
While she is mentioned in Guiness, Maggie will probably never be recognized as the official “World’s Oldest Dot.” Her age can’t be verified because Brian lost the dog’s paperwork when she was a puppy. It’s too bad since at age 30, Maggie was a phenomenon by any standards. According to information from the American Kennel Club, Maggie would have been about 164 years old in human years (the American Veterinary Medical Association points out that the whole 1 dog year = 7 human years thing is a myth).
While Brian McLaren doesn’t have the offical paperwork, he does remember that his youngest son, Liam, was four years old when they bought Maggie. Liam is now 34 making Maggie 30.
Her quality of life had definitely been going down hill. Even though she was still able to move around she had gradually become deaf and had been steadily losing her vision.
Brian is glad that the world’s oldest dog dies quietly in her sleep. Quietly is the way to go.
“The best thing about it is the last couple of weeks I was petrified I was going to have to put her down, and that was going to break my heart,” McLaren told Australia’s ABC News.
“I’m sad,” he added to The Weekly Times. “But, I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
An Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey who died in 1939 aged 29 is the official holder of the world’s record for being the world’s oldest dog.
Guinness World Records says the owner bought Bluey as a puppy in 1910 in Victoria. Bluey worked among cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before finally being put to sleep.
Maggie was laid to rest beside the family’s other dog under a pine tree. She has a marked gravesite.
“She had the greatest life,” McLaren told Australia’s ABC News.
Maggie the Kelpie could be the oldest dog in the world. At an impressive thirty human years of age. https://t.co/CcfXJ2L9wL
— 7 News Perth (@7NewsPerth) November 5, 2015
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