WOOLSTHORPE, Australia — A canine in Australia, who is said to be the world’s oldest dog, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the ripe, old age of 30.
Maggie, an Australian Kelpie, was owned by Victoria dairy farmer Brian McLaren who had her since she was only eight-weeks old.
“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,” McLaren told the Weekly Times. McLaren said that two days before her death he noticed she was slowing down and knew she didn’t have much time left.
On Sunday night she passed away peacefully in her basket.
“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 told ABC Australia.
Maggie gained attention back in November when McLaren came forward saying she was 30 years old but couldn’t provide any proof because he had lost her papers years before.
The official holder of the title of World’s Oldest Dog belongs to an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who passed away in 1939 at age 29.
Maggie’s final resting place is in a marked grave under a pine tree beside McLaren’s other dog.
“We were great mates,” McLaren said.
“It is a bit sad.”