Dog Becomes World’s Oldest Golden Retriever After Celebrating 20th Birthday | 22 Words

Dogs truly are one of the purest creatures on earth, but one of the most devastating parts about having a four-legged friend is that they are only with us for a small portion of our lives.

But this week, a dog has hit a major age milestone. Keep scrolling to read this wholesome story...

Is there anything better than a dog?

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These adorable creatures are basically the best things on earth. If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps, a dog is guaranteed to make you feel better.

They are truly man's best pals.

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Whether they’re causing mischief, giving us those puppy eyes when they want a treat, or taking up the entire sofa, many of us couldn’t live without our furry friends.

Once you become a dog-parent, there's no going back...

It’s hard to imagine a life without having a pooch to come home to.

In an age where the internet is so divided, there's one thing we can all agree on...

How utterly amazing (and adorable) our four-legged friends are.

There are so many advantages of having a furry friend in your life.

From lifting your mood to even giving you a bit of company - they're truly an adorable addition to the family.

But there's one undeniable downside...

Our precious pooches are only with us for a portion of our lives.

Depending on the breed...

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The average life span of a dog is just ten to thirteen years.

But one doggo has hit an unbelievable milestone this week.

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And of course, she's instantly become an internet sensation.

Meet August.

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Known affectionately as Augie, this sweet golden retriever celebrated her milestone birthday back in April.

But news of the event has only just reached the internet.

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Goldheart Golden Retrievers Rescue in Tennessee - who had previously helped find a home for Augie - confirmed the news this week.

Augie was born on 24 April 2000.

And had 2 previous homes before settling with owners Jennifer and Stever Hetterscheidt in Oakland, California, who took her at fourteen-years-old.

The average life expectancy for Golden Retrievers is ten to twelve years...

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But Augie has almost doubled that.

Staff shared some adorable snaps of Augie.

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"At twenty years old, she's just about doubled the expected lifespan for golden retrievers and she's still kicking."

So what's her secret for living such a long life?

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"She's lived so long largely because she's got great genetics, but also her owner, Jennifer, has done a great job of taking care of her and ensuring that they have a good relationship with Augie's vet," staff wrote.

Her birthday also marks something even more impressive.

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"At 20 years old, Augie is the oldest golden retriever in history! "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." For another adorable dog story, scroll on...