In an uplifting tale, a golden retriever has reached a remarkable milestone by celebrating her 20th birthday, earning her the title of the world’s oldest of her breed.
This achievement is particularly significant as it means she has nearly doubled the average life expectancy for golden retrievers. Truly heartening!
August, affectionately known as Augie, actually marked her momentous birthday back in April, but the news has only recently been shared with the public. At the age of 14, August was fostered by Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt from Tennessee. When they took her in, they were uncertain about how long she would live. In human years, 14 is equivalent to approximately 78 years for a medium-sized dog. August was already quite old when she found her forever home.
“We started fostering her as a ‘forever foster’ because we figured no one would want to adopt a dog already a couple of years older than the normal lifespan,” shared Steve Hetterscheidt.
However, after two years, August was still going strong, prompting the couple to officially adopt her. Jennifer Hetterscheidt retired from her job at the rescue center, and they relocated to Tennessee, where they currently reside. Now, six years later, August joyously celebrated her 20th birthday and, aside from a few minor health issues, remains lively and in good spirits.
The average life expectancy for golden retrievers is typically 10 to 12 years. However, Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee, who had previously assisted in finding a home for Augie, confirmed that she has nearly doubled that duration. They recently shared the news, accompanied by adorable photos of Augie on her special day.
“At 20 years old, she’s just about doubled the expected lifespan for golden retrievers, and she’s still kicking,” the staff wrote. “Her longevity can be attributed to her great genetics, as well as her owner, Jennifer, who has taken exceptional care of her and maintained a strong bond with Augie’s vet.”
This heartwarming story serves as a reminder of the extraordinary bonds we can form with our furry companions and the immense joy they bring into our lives.