ASPCA Happy Tail: Old Dog, New Tricks

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 10:45am

When Britney came to the ASPCA through the Humane Law Enforcement department, she was in pain and suffering from multiple untreated conditions.

Fortunately, the veterinary staff at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital was able to nurse Britney back to health, and eventually she became available for adoption; we could finally find a home for this sweet dog who had suffered so much.

We knew it would be a challenge.

Statistically speaking, animals who are black, large or senior, as well as those who take medication or can’t live with other animals, usually spend more time waiting for homes. Britney was all of these things, and to make matters worse, she didn’t engage much with adopters who passed her habitat, preferring to rest quietly.

Still, we knew that the right person would come for Britney, and to speed things along, we spread the word about this special canine. After seeing Britney’s picture and reading about her, Kevin Bechard tells us, “I wanted to snatch her right up.”

A few days later Bechard was going above and beyond to help Britney settle in to her new home in suburban Connecticut.

“The first couple nights I actually slept on the floor with her because she can’t do stairs, and she would just reach out with her paw and make sure it was against me,” he recalls. “Only then she would allow herself to go to sleep. If I moved away a little bit, her eyes would open.”

The love and comfort of a forever home has revived Britney, who has blossomed into a trusting and happy pup: Bechard reports that at his house Britney loves romping outdoors and goes on multiple nature walks a day. 

In return, Bechard has gained a new best friend who, he says, never required house-training or manners instruction, thanks to her age. “I wish more people would consider older dogs,” Bechard says. “I was open to anything, but I was so pleasantly surprised.”

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Bill Morgan

Hey Kevin..Congratulations on being a good guy who likes old dogs....Good luck with her

Pam Woods

Yes...I completely agree! I wish more people would consider adopting older dogs as well as puppies! I have adopted 2 older dogs and the most recent one was just this February 2012. She is house trained and the MOST LOVEABLE thing ever! I hope more and more people consider aopting older as well as younger! Adopt them all...!!!!



Congratulations on being a great guy and open to the possibilities of a new "older" companion. May you be blessed with many happy years with Britney...


Your kindness is so touching... thank you for your good soul, and for bringing that girl home, Kevin.

Mashika LeGrand

What a blessing you are to each other. Happy trails Kevin and Britney.


Thanks Kevin and ASPCA for giving Britney a loving home in her old age.


Yeah Kevin!! Sounds like you both have a terrific bond! Thanks for thinking of a senior for adoption!! Old dogs ARE the BEST!!


Thanks to all the wonderful people that GOD has put on this earth to help these very needy animals.

People if you don't like animals or you can't afford to take care of them don't get one.


thanks s much to the ASPCA for not giving up on her, and to Kevin for giving her a great home! i'm a fan of older dogs... i'm so glad she's getting care and attention and love now :)


GOD BLESS YOU! You are a great guy,Kevin and these days they are in short supply. Take good care of Britney and share much happiness together.