This Tennessee Dog Just Celebrated His 20th Birthday—and Became the Oldest Golden Retriever in History
August, better known as "Augie," hit this milestone in April.
Even a dog in Tennessee can make an impact on history.
Augie lives in Oakland, Tenn. with her owners Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, who adopted the cute pup when she was 14.
To celebrate her milestone birthday, Augie earned a dog-friendly carrot cake, as well as some quality time with her fellow golden retriever siblings, Sherman, Belle, and Bruce.
And even at 20 years old, Augie is surprisingly healthy, her owner Jennifer said.
"She can still move around well (although she's a bit shaky when she first gets up) and enjoys daily walks around the yard," Jennifer told the rescue. "Since she was diagnosed with some kidney issues when she was 14, she now eats a mixture of wet and dry Hill's Prescription Diet k/d, and takes some supplements for her kidneys and joints."
Jennifer also said that Augie gets SQ fluids twice a week, which "has helped her perk up quite a bit."
According to Golden Hearts, most golden retrievers typically live for about 10-12 years. At most, they live to 15 years old.
The outlet also listed five tips for "helping your golden retriever live a long life"—listen to your veterinarian, listen to your dog, feed your dog quality food, groom your golden retriever regularly, and exercise your golden retriever regularly.
"We care for them as long as we have them," Jennifer said, "and love them forever."