Maggie, the World’s Oldest Dog Dies, at 30

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Maggie, a 30-year-old Kelpie considered to be the world’s oldest dog, died peacefully in her sleep. While most dogs live an average of 11-13 years, she more than doubled that expectancy.

Although 30 years old seems fairly young to us, for dogs, hitting the three-decade mark is a remarkable feat. After all, it translates to 210 in dog years. And one dog – Maggie, a Kelpie from Australia and believed to be the oldest dog in the world – actually reached this age. But sadly, she made the journey over the Rainbow Bridge, leaving behind a loving family who treasured every moment of her long life.

Owner Brian McLaren, a dairy farmer in Woolsthorp, Victoria, recently told The Weekly Times, that Maggie passed away quietly in her sleep. She had been feeling poorly for two days, and was tucked into her bed when Brian made the discovery.

“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,” said Brian. “I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”

RIP Maggie. You will be missed.

[Source: The Weekly Times]

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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