In Oakland, Tennessee, a dog named August (affectionately referred to as Auggie,) lives with Steve and Jennifer Hetterscheidt. The Golden Retriever Dog was adopted six years ago from The GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue, a nonprofit rescue organization in Chester, Maryland that specializes in golden retriever dogs.
GoldHeart’s network of volunteers “are dedicated to the rescue of unwanted, abused, neglected and displaced Golden and golden-mixed retrievers, and then placing in approved fur-ever homes.” They’ve been doing their good work for dogs since 1999.
Auggie had been rehomed twice (due to no fault of her own, according to GoldHeart,) before the sweet dog was taken in by the Hetterscheidt family and she’s been living her best dog life ever since. Recently, she hit a monumental milestone when the dog celebrated her 20th Birthday.
What makes this birthday so special, you ask? It makes Auggie the oldest ever Golden Retriever Dog!
Auggie was born on April 24, 2000.
At the age of 14, it was not likely that Auggie would find her forever home. Most golden retrievers live for 10-12 years and most people aren’t interested in adopting a dog just to watch them pass. Auggie, however, was not only in her senior glory years but she had a lot more life left to live it turns out!
Celebrating with her humans and her dog siblihngs siblings Sherman, Belle, and Bruce, Auggie’s birthday was made all the more special with a huge banner printed out and a delicious looking carrot cake.
Her special occasion was also highlighted by the rescue organization on both Facebook and their blog!
Jennifer told Auggie’s fans that for being 20 years old, she is surprisingly healthy.
“She has minimal problems moving around, with a little bit of shaking when first getting up, and enjoys daily walks in the yard.”
On their blog, GoldHeart said: ““There are many accounts of 17 or 18-year-old goldens, and even a few stories about 19-year-old goldens, but Augie is the first golden retriever to ever reach the big two-oh.”
Jennifer said that Auggie eats a mix of wet and dry food and taking some supplements to help mitigate some kidney issues she was diagnosed with when she was adopted at 14.
Happy Birthday Auggie, you deserve all the celebrations.