Maggie, a sheepdog from Australian breed, believed to be the world’s oldest dog on Tuesday took her last breath while asleep.
The dog’s owner, Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer in Woolsthorp, Victoria, confirmed her demise in a report filed by The Weekly Times.
McLaren said that when he came home in the night, Maggie was sleeping in her bed, next morning she didn’t show up at the farm.
“She was 30 years old, 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,” Brian 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’.
“I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
Comparing the dog’s age in human years, she lived whopping 200 years. Mclaren said she was healthy before she died.
“When the kids were growing up they’d get off the bus at 4:10 p.m. and if they weren’t, she’d be there barking at 4:15,” said McLaren in a report by The Kansas City Star.
“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.
“I’m so pleased she went the way she went.”
However, officially, Maggie has not been declared the world’s oldest dog because McLaren had lost her official birth record. But he remembers bringing Maggie into the family when his son was 4 years old, who is now 34.
Bluey, an Australian cattle-dog from Rochester in Victoria, officially holds the crown of world’s oldest dog. He was 29 years old. According to The Guinness Book of Records, the dog was brought in 1910, who used to work with cattle and the sheep. The dog died in November 1939.
Maggie was buried under a pine tree beside another dog’s grave.