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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j. oimoen

This story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Kevin for giving Britney the love and the wonderful life she deserves! I know you feel blessed to have her as well. What a wonderful story! :)

Nancy Sorenson

It's amazing what a little love will do, but she will give much much more love back to you.


I was so happy to read this story and I even teared up when Kevin wrote about how he slept on the floor with her. I know you are so lucky to have found each other, you both sound like real sweethearts! Good luck to you :)

Mike Neavear

The tale of the outreached paw struck me. I've always felt rescued dogs APPRECIATE you the most, having seen the downside of life.
What agreat companion and friend you have found in each other! I wish you all the best!!

Lorraine Brown

I love a happy ending. :)
Congratulations to Britney and Kevin for providing a loving, caring, stimulating, forever home. Best wishes!

Cristina Michta

Yea Kevin. You are a hero. My senior Golden Retriever, Sunnie, my best friend on this planet, is sitting by me right now. God bless you, Kevin. You and Britney are both blessed!


I would be willing to gamble that you will be the big winner in your relationship with
Brittany. She is indeed a very fortunate dog...wish there were more people out there to
do for another older dog what your gift of generousity has done for this girl. "YEAHHHH!"
and a very big "WAHOO" to you!


Thanks to the ASPCA for giving her the chance to continue living and Kevin you are wonderful for giving her a forever home.

Barbara Chalmers

Way to go Kevin. I have had two large black dogs, and I know that they have hearts as big as the whole outdoors. My current "baby" is going on 8, and is a Rescue Dog.... I wouldn't trade him for the world.... we also have a brindle Black Mouth Cur..... The best dogs out there.... they give so much love.


i am crying tears of joy for this old girl. way to go, britney!! thank YOu to the kind soul who took her in. you are blessed, as is she. <3 love this story and hope to read many more like it! :)