August was adopted by her current parents when she was 14. With their love and care, she's now the oldest golden retriever ever!
This year, adorable little—perhaps not so little anymore—August celebrated her 20th birthday. In human years, that's, well, A LOT. This now makes adorable Augie the oldest golden retriever in history. To celebrate the landmark occasion, her hoomans put together a party, Fox KTVU reports. Surrounded by her fellow golden friends Sherman, Belle, and Bruce, a giant banner, and a delicious carrot cake, Augie was probably the happiest pooch on the planet.
This very good girl was born on April 24 in the year 2000; yes, she's gen Z. She was rehomed twice (despite being an absolutely amazing pup) before she found her forever home with Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee. Augie was 14 at the time and the Hetterscheidts were running their own golden retriever rescue. Instead of rehoming Augie, they welcomed her into their family. Since then, she has been a loving and loyal pet to the couple.
Even though she's a senior dog, she is incredibly healthy which can be surprising. Despite being prescribed supplements and fluids to help with her aging kidneys and joints, she still enjoys a walk around the yard every single day and moves around well. At present, she eats a mixture of wet and dry Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d and gets SQ fluids twice a week. The latter has helped her "perk up quite a bit" while her diet keeps her fit and well-fed. Sometimes she's a bit shaky when she first gets up after resting, but she's a fighter who's still pushing.
Her parents shared, "We care for them as long as we have them, and love them forever." Together, the family of goldens and their parents have had many adventures. August has joined Jennifer and Steve on RV trips all around the country. Her favorite activities include playing fetch in the pool and hanging out with her many canine and feline friends and siblings. Of course, Augie is quite the special girl as most golden retrievers only live to about 12 years old. While some may push 13, 14, or even 15, this is not typical of the breed.
If you've got a golden and want your furry friend to live as long as Augie has, experts recommend making sure you take your vet's advice, listening to your dog and their needs, feeding your pup quality dog food, grooming your golden retriever regularly, and ensuring that they get enough exercise. It looks like a lot of this advice applies to humans too! According to her biography website, "She’s lived so long largely because she’s got great genetics, but also her owner, Jennifer, has done a great job of taking care of her and ensuring that they have a good relationship with Augie’s vet."