Maggie the Australian Kelpie spent her last week walking around her owner’s farm and growling at some of the 30 cats she lived with.
Maggie’s owner Brian McLaren said his pet Kelpie had died in her basket on Sunday night at his dairy farm in Victoria, Australia.
He told a local newspaper that she was born when his son Liam, 34, was four years old, but he lost the dog’s paperwork when she was a puppy.
Brian told Australia’s Weekly Times: “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.”
Before she died, the farm dog was deaf and had been losing her vision. She would spend half her days sleeping and the other half walking around the farm with Brian where she was the only dog among 30 cats, according to 7 News Perth.
The official holder of the world’s oldest dog is held by a dog called Bluey who died in 1939 aged 29. Guinness World Records says the Australian Cattle Dog was bought as a puppy in 1910 in Victoria and worked among cattle and sheep for nearly 20 years before being put to sleep.
The average dog lives for eight and 15 years, but there are records of some dogs living for more than 20 years.
(Story source: The Mirror – April 2016)