A Bournemouth cafe is trying to find out if pooch Lily is the oldest living Golden Retriever at the age of 16.
Golden Retrievers typically live between 10 and 12 years.
Pause Cat Café in Bournemouth is now on a mission to find out if Lily can be crowned top dog.
The oldest living Golden Retriever is believed to have been a pet named August, known as Augie, who lived to be 20 and died in March 2021.
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Lily still has a “thirst for life” and enjoys chasing a tennis ball on the beach near her home since being relocated to her human companion, Steff Cooke in 2010.
The pedigree papers she came with show her date of birth as September 7, 2006 and her official name “Bottlebush Bettie”.
Lily and Steve (Image: UGC)
Steff said: “People always comment on her age, but it wasn’t until I looked online to see how long Retrievers usually live that I realized she might actually be the oldest. ”
Lily the Golden Retriever (Image: UGC)
He added: “Lily and I both stayed alive longer than expected and I don’t think it was a coincidence. She got me through some tough times.
“Nothing beats the human-animal bond. I hope this encounter will give other animal lovers a chance for a healing interaction and who knows, maybe we’ll find a Golden Retriever who can break Lily’s record.
Steff, 41, credits her relationship with Lily with helping her cope with her chronic health issues and undertakes projects with Pause to encourage this beneficial human-animal interaction.
One such project is a get-together for dogs and dog lovers in Bournemouth.
Pause began as a non-profit rescue home and cat cafe in 2017, and its work has expanded to include all animals, not just cats.
Anyone interested in meeting dogs and dog owners can visit tiny.cc/doggymeetup or if you know a retriever older than Lily, contact Pause on social media @PauseCatCafe.