An Australian sheep dog Maggie was found dead by her owner Brian McLaren earlier this week on his farm, near the rural town of Warrnambool. The elderly pup’s heartbroken owner, dairy farmer Brian McLaren, confirmed the death to local media, saying his beloved dog seemed healthy right before she died. Maggie was deaf and had been losing her vision.
McLaren said that even Maggie was 30 years old she was still going along nicely last week, walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats as usual. Maggie just went downhill in two days.
Brian McLaren, her owner and the farmer at the dairy where he worked, would take his dog with him everywhere. Maggie spent her life with him, roaming around their spacious dairy farm. McLaren also said that he is sad, but also pleased she went the way she went.
According to USA Today, Maggie’s age cannot be verified as McLaren lost her paperwork when she was a puppy, meaning her age couldn’t be properly evidenced. But he said he brought Maggie back to the family farm when his youngest son, Liam, was just four. Liam is now 34 years old, meaning the extraordinary dog was at least 30.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the official record of World’s Oldest Dog still belongs to an Australian Cattle dog named Bluey. Bluey died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and five months.
In human years, Maggie was about 200 years old, making her well-qualified for the title of world’s oldest dog.
I was surprised to learn that the formula of one dog year, which is equal to seven human years, is not accurate. The formula was most likely a marketing ploy based on the average human living to be 70 and the average dog living to be 10. But it’s much more complicated than that, apparently.
The newspaper also said that Maggie crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully.
RIP, sweet Maggie. You were a beautiful soul.