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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Old dogs are the best! They have so much to teach us. When my old girl leaves me I'll be looking for another senior citizen to share my world.

janet Ciulla

Kevin you are so awesome and a true blessing to Brittney!

Al Young

This is GREAT! All animals deserve a forever home. Good on you Kevin. Congratulations Britney:)


BEAUTIFUL!!! Kevin, wishing you and Sweet Britney many, many, years of shared love and happiness♥ Senior Dogs Rule!

Jaime Perez

Kevin, you are awesome. I too love the old dogs. I adopt senior Saint Bernards from a rescue in Las Vegas. You don't get to keep them very long, but they crawl into your heart instantly and never leave. Bless the senior dogs.


Animals young and old are such a blessing....I wish everyone knew that. They bring such joy and did a great and enjoy that baby and let her know she is loved by you....Happy thoughts for both of you


I adopted a 17 yr. old cat named Mimifrom the ASPCA. She had been mistreated for many years.She was ever so sweet after she developed trust!It helps them to have a kind,caring home in their later years when they really need it! I felt great that I made Mimi's life comfortable and gave herthe only love she ever had.Adopt older pets!


Twice I've adopted older dogs and both times I was given the priceless gift of doesn't matter how long they are with us, once they touch our heart, they are there forever! RIP Bru and Emma, my two wonderful Gordons!


Thank you so much for adopting this wonderful dog. Bless you.


Kevin, you are a wonderful person. God has touched you and continue to do so! Thank you for being a gift to britney!