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Australia lost a very beloved, very old soul yesterday. Maggie, who is believed to have been the oldest dog in the world, crossed the Rainbow Bridge at a remarkable 30 years of age.
While most dogs live between 11-15 years of age (and for some lucky ones, a few years more), this amazing Kelpie more than doubled the average life expectancy.
Owner Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer in Woolsthorp, Victoria, confirmed the news to The Weekly Times.
“She was 30 years old, 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,” he told the newspaper.
Two days prior to passing, McLaren said her health began to deteriorate.
“She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch … ‘She hasn’t got long now’.
Maggie passed peacefully in her sleep, curled up in her bed.
“I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”
Rest in peace, old girl.