Maggie, possibly the world’s oldest dog, lived up to her Kelpie name by working hard until the day she died at the ripe old age of 30.
It seems that for as long as Maggie had a job to do, she did it. Working tirelessly on her owner’s, Brian McLaren’s, dairy farm, in Woolsthorpe, Australia, Maggie was intelligent, loyal, and punctual!
When the kids were growing up, she waited for them to jump off the bus at 4:10 PM. If the bus did not arrive on the dot, Maggie would be out barking up a storm at 4:15 PM. She was a good ‘ol girl, who McLaren thought might well outlive him. “We’re good friends. We’ve grown up together,” he told 7 News Perth last year when they did a special story on the extraordinary dog. He is most definitely sad to see her go.
“I’m sad, but I’m pleased the way she went,” McLaren told The Weekly Times. McLaren said Maggie took a turn for the worse all of a sudden, and he worried he would need to put her down, which he said, “was going to break my heart.”
But, death came peacefully for the faithful friend. Maggie died in her basket at the family home. She was 30 years old at the time of her death, or roughly 164 in human years, according to the American Kennel Club. This makes Maggie, unofficially, the oldest dog in the world.
The world’s oldest dog recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records was also an Australian breed. He was a cattle dog named, Bluey, who grew up herding sheep and cattle. Bluey died at 29 years and five months in 1939.
Because McLaren does not have paperwork recording Maggie’s birth, her age can not be independently verified for the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest dog. Nonetheless, everyone still thinks that Maggie is “officially amazing!”
McLaren says that Maggie joined the family when his son, now 34, was only four. With Kelpies known to live 10-14 years, Maggie’s loyalty seemed to know no bounds. She cheated death for another 16 years to take care of her family, and finish her work.
Maggie may have been deaf and going blind in the end, but she was still going strong. Her health was very good, and she had not been to a veterinarian since she was spayed 15 years ago!
“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. Maggie was the only dog on the farm with all the responsibility to keep 30 cats in line, which she took very seriously.
McLaren and Maggie, known to be inseparable friends, said their final goodbyes to each other on Sunday. Maggie, the faithful Kelpie, died peacefully at the age of 30 years, but even more incredible is that she lived devotedly and loved unconditionally for 30 years. If dog’s are a man’s best friend, Maggie the Kelpie is truly proof of that.