Augie the Golden Retriever Celebrates Her 20th Birthday!

When Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt of Oakland, Tennessee, adopted Augie, a 14 year old Golden Retriever, they figured they would be lucky to get a year or two of quality time with this older dog, as most Goldens live to be ten to twelve years old.

But on April 24th, Augie celebrated her 20th birthday and shot to fame as the oldest living Golden on record and she’s apparently the first ever Golden to reach this age.

Augie was born April 24th, 2000 and due to some unfortunate circumstances which were no fault of her own, she was re-homed twice. Jennifer and Steve were active in their local rescue organization and took Augie into their home when Augie was was 14.

They share her story on Golden Hearts, the rescue organization’s web page in a blog post.

Even at such and advanced age, it’s remarkable that Augie still enjoys life and is active daily. They credit her long life to good genes of course, but also to good care, which includes feeding a high quality diet, regular exercise and making sure Augie’s weight stays under control.

They also listen to Augie’s vet and to Augie herself as to how best to care for her. She’s one lucky pup. Happy Birthday Augie! is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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