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An Australian sheep dog whose long life defied all explanation finally passed away. 

At 30 years old, Maggie the Kelpie was believed to be unofficially the world's oldest dog. In human years, she was 210.

Her master, a dairy farmer in Woolsthorp, in the southern-Australian state of Victoria, confirmed the news to the Weekly Times. He said that Maggie died peacefully, curled up in her bed.

“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,” Brian McLaren told the newspaper. “I’m sad, but I’m pleased she went the way she went.”

According to The Olympian, Maggie was never officially declared world's oldest dog because McLaren lost her paperwork. But he says he got the Kelpie when his son -- who's currently 34 years old -- had just turned to four.

The article said:

Old age had robbed Maggie of her hearing, but other than that, McLaren said, she was in good health.

'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 so pleased she went the way she went.'

He buried Maggie under a pine tree in a marked grave beside another family dog.

'We were great mates,' McLaren said.


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