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Owner Tucks 30-Year-Old Dog into Bed, Returns Next Morning to Say Goodbye

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Dogs normally live between 8 and 15 years, and a few have even lived to be 17 or 18, astounding their owners and probably even themselves.

But one dog, named Maggie, has outlived even the wisest Schnauzer.

Maggie is a Kelpie, according to The Weekly Times, and has been faithfully by her human’s side for her whole life. Brian McLaren is a dairy farmer in Woolsthorpe, Australia, and said they “were great mates.”



Sweet Maggie was the only dog on the dairy farm and competed with the 30-something cats and kittens. In the sage wisdom she’d earned through her old age, she learned to ignore them.

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But this good doggo passed away peacefully in her sleep in 2016. McLaren had tucked her into bed before he left the farm for home, then found her there the following morning, having peacefully passed.

“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 after she was buried.

She now rests under a pine tree, next to the family’s other dog, in a marked grave.

Maggie’s health was good overall, despite her being deaf, but she took a turn for the worse surprisingly fast.



“She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch … ‘She hasn’t got long now,'” McLaren said.

At least this wise pooch had a loving family and fun, happy life behind her and a warm bed to relax in one last time. McLaren said, “I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”

In our opinion, there’s no better way for a dog to cross the rainbow bridge to heaven — because all dogs certainly do go to heaven — than sleeping peacefully in their favorite bed after a day with their humans.

At 30 years old, Maggie was possibly one of the oldest dogs in the world, but McLaren had lost any paperwork stating her birth date, and so she could not be officially titled as such. In the dog-to-human year conversion, she was over 200 years old.

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But the official title of oldest dog in the world belongs to an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey, who made it to 29 years and five months.

His humans got him as a puppy in 1910 and he lived until Nov. 14, 1939, when he was put to sleep.

Bluey spent his life doing what he was born to do: herding cattle and sheep. A farm dog as well, we’re sure Maggie spent her life just as happily.

Rest in peace, sweet girl. Say hi to all the beloved pets who’ve crossed the rainbow bridge.

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