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Maggie, the 'world's oldest dog,' dies at 30

A loyal Australian sheep dog whose owner said was 30 years old died peacefully in her sleep earlier this week.
/ Source: TODAY

An Australian sheep dog named Maggie made headlines this week after it was revealed that she passed away at a potentially record-breaking 30-years-old.

The elderly pup's heartbroken owner, dairy farmer Brian McLaren, confirmed the death to local media, saying his beloved Kelpie seemed healthy right before she died.

“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, who lives in Victoria, told The Weekly Times.

“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 Maggie was curled up in her bed when he went home on Sunday night, according to local reports. She was still there the next morning when he got to the farm.

"The best thing about it is the last couple of weeks I was petrified I was going to have to put her down, and that was going to break my heart," McLaren told Australia’s ABC News.

“I’m sad," he added to The Weekly Times. "But, I’m pleased she went the way she went.”

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Maggie was never officially given the title of world's oldest dog, according to The Olympian, because McLaren lost her paperwork.

But he claimed he got the dog right after his son, who is 34, turned 4.

If the age is accurate, that would make Maggie around 133 in human years.

According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest dog on record was another Australian dog named Bluey, who was 29 years and five months. Bluey died in 1939.

Maggie was laid to rest beside the family's other dog in a marked grave under a pine tree.

“She had the greatest life," McLaren told Australia's ABC News.