By Adebayo Williams
The world’s oldest dog has died aged 30. The dog, a black and tan kelpie named Maggie, died at its home on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia. Her death was announced by her owner, a dairy farmer, Brian McLaren on Wednesday.
“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.
“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.” McLaren collected Maggie as an eight-week-old puppy with his then four-year-old son, 30 years ago.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognises Bluey, an Australian cattle dog that died in 1939 at the age of 29 as the record holder. Maggie’s age could not be verified as McLaren could not prove her age saying he had misplaced her ownership papers and any proof she was indeed 30.
She has been buried in a marked grave under a pine tree.