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August turns 20!

A golden retriever who has celebrated her 20th birthday is claimed to be the world's oldest after passing the milestone.

Despite the breed having a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years, Augie is still going strong and a rescue centre believes she may be the first golden retriever to reach the age of 20.

The adorable dog marked the occasion by digging into a pet-friendly carrot cake alongside her four-legged siblings Sherman, Belle and Bruce.

Augie, whose official title is August, was born on April 24, 2000, and was rehomed twice at no fault of her own before being taken in by owners Jennifer and Steve in Tennessee.

The couple - who were active in their local golden retriever rescue organisation - adopted her when she was 14-years-old, believing people may be unwilling to take on such an elderly dog.

Since then they have all taken trips around the country and she still loves the home comforts of playing fetch in the pool. Jennifer says Augie is surprisingly healthy and enjoys daily walks in the garden, although she is a bit shaky when she first gets up.

Mirror


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