Animal Rights

Dog Touted As Oldest In The World Dies

| by Sheena Vasani
Maggie The KelpieMaggie The Kelpie

What may have been the oldest dog in the world died at reportedly age 30 on April 17 in Australia.

Victorian dairy farmer Brian McLaren owned Maggie the Kelpie, who may have died at 200 years old in dog years, the Daily Mail reports.

McLaren said Maggie seemed alive and well up until the week of her death. She only showed signs her health was failing about two days before she died.

“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. “She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch, 'She hasn't got long now.’”

“We were great mates, it is a bit sad,” he added, before mentioning he buried Maggie next to another dog of his.

Still, he says, he is pleased his furry friend died peacefully.

According to PetMD, most dogs can live anywhere between 10 and 13 years, although -- depending on breed, weight, and other factors -- some can live a few years more.

While Maggie was the contender for oldest dog in the world, McLaren said he lost her original paperwork, so her age could never be independently verified.

McLaren says he bought Maggie as a puppy when his son, Liam, was 4 years old. Liam is now  a 34-year-old man.

The official holder of the titles belong to Max and Bluey -- but unfortunately for Max, he died shortly before the Guinness World Records could declare him so. That left Bluey as the oldest dog.

Bluey was an Australian cattle-dog who died at 29 years and five months old. Bluey was bought as a puppy in 1910. The dog lived through both world wars before being euthanized in November 1939.

Max died three months before he would have turned 30 years old in August 2013, The Daily Iberian reports.

“I’m just sorry that he passed away, and I wish that he would have been able to get into the Guinness Book of World Records,” owner Billy DeRouen said. “I’m just sad he didn’t make it to get the recognition he deserved.”

Sources: Daily Mail, PetMD,  The Daily Iberian / Photo credit: Seven Network via Daily Mail

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