The (Unofficial) World’s Oldest Dog Dies At 30 Years Old

Maggie's owner said he had lost her ownership papers and couldn't verify her age.

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Maggie's owner said that she was an incredible 30 years old. Via FuzzFix/Twitter
Maggie's owner said that she was an incredible 30 years old. Via FuzzFix/Twitter

A dog whose owner claimed that she was the world’s oldest has died peacefully in her sleep. According to Brian McLaren, Maggie, an Australian Kelpie, was 30 years old, which would’ve made her one of the few dogs who lived long enough to see both the original Robocop and its ill-advised remake.

“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,” McLaren told The Weekly Times.

Maggie and her owner, Brian McLaren. Via The Weekly Times/Twitter

Maggie and her owner, Brian McLaren. Via The Weekly Times/Twitter

Maggie lived with McLaren on his dairy farm in Woolsthorpe, Australia. Although he does believe that she was the world’s oldest dog, she has never been officially recognized as such; he previously told the Times that he had lost her ownership papers so there was no way to verify her age, other than his memory and math. He says that he remembered adopting the pup when his 34-year-old son was 4 years old.

The official world’s oldest dog, according to Guinness World Records, was Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who lived to be 29. Bluey died in 1939. Weirdly, Bluey and Maggie only lived about 200 miles apart, in small towns in the Australian state of Victoria. If there’s another dog out there who’s approaching her third decade, we sort of wonder whether she lives somewhere between the two.

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