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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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Lisa Gilman

Congratulations from another ASPCA animal
Lover. How I wish we could give every dog a real home. Enjoy every moment!

I also adopted an older dog ; no clue how old he is but like britney he sleeps touching me every night. I wish everyone would think of older dogs ; they are such ajoy to be around with little or no training.

Nayma

Thank you ASPCA for all you do. To everyone that adopts an animal
Young or old i pray years of blessings for you with your animals and beyond.
Im so proud that so many have such giving hearts. I have a 10 year old black lab i have had her
Since she was 6 weeks old. They were selling her on a beach.
She has been the little black vessel God used to heal me.
I will be adopting soon and an older dog is where my heart is set.

Susi

Kevin, you have saved the life of an old soul. May God richly BLESS you and Britney!

Elise

These stories and the comments that follow them bring me oh so much joy. Sometimes I lose faith that there are still good hearted folks in this world, but when I read these pages it brings me back to faith. I have soo much love for all of you in these stories and comments and for your furry buddies too! Thank you all for restoring my faith in humanity. Blessed be you and your furry and non furry families!! Lots of love from Milo, Indi, Cicely, and Elise(me)

Ellie

I have always been opened to adopting golden (retriever) oldies but the cost to adopt these precious oldie Goldie's is prohibitive, especially when you take into account the added vet bills to come.

Lori D. Haage

When my sweet Tiffany was near the end of her life at age 15, I was aware that I needed to begin thinking about another dog for our family. I met a family from our school whose grandchild had been in my class. They were there with their new puppy. They told me that they were looking for a home for their puppy's mother. I gave them my number and took theirs. The night before I took Tiffany in, I called to tell them that I would be at their house in the morning to pick up their dog. I got Hannah on Sept. 10th of 2001 and the next day, as we all know, the attack happened on the twin towers in New York. I had to teach that day while grieving the loss of my dear Tiffany and trying to deal with a dog who didn't like me. Fast forward to 2012 and Hannah is 11 years old, the sweetest, kindest dog I could ever have imagined and I got her "sight unseen!" Hannah had had some dog aggression problems earlier, but surprisingly, when a little blind chihuahua was brought to my door by a near-hysterical neighbor, Hannah allowed this new little girl to join the family.
I also share my home with 5 rescued cats and the last one came from my school as a tiny kitten. Hannah welcomed him as well and now Hannah, Pepito and Matilda all sleep together in one sweet bundle. Absolutely, adopt a rescued dog! You will never find a more grateful animal in your life.

Manel

Britney is a One lucky dog. Her adopted dad seems to be a very kind hearted person, to take an old dog with medical conditions. For sure eventually the blessings will come upon you one day Kevin. There is a saying "That you adopt a old dog he/she will worship you and give you the unconditional love till the end of her/his life. May god bless you BOTH.

Dee

Bless all of you who have adopted older dogs and stray dogs. I got my dog when he was a puppy. He is now 16yrs. old. He has been the best. He has helped me in so many ways and has bought so much happiness and joy to my life! Yes, He take 2 to 3 different meds. I learned to give them everyday. He has arthritis. I want to make sure he's in the least pain. He does walk around my house much slower now, but he still is able to walk. He still has that spunk, especially when I am giving him his medicine. He can't hear, but I still talk to him. What a wonderful and great day when I adopted him 16yrs. ago! It still is today! He brings so much love into my life! He is a stoic dog. My vet told me that about 5 yrs. ago. I am blessed to have him. He is a poodle. All dogs can have ailments in late life. Many dogs, mixed breed or pure breed can have a long life. Just wanted to share my story because when A'lee (my dog's name) turned 15 he became deaf and blind, but he is my baby. Congratulations, Kevin for adding Britney to your life! You will get so much happiness and joy from her! You are a good and caring person. Also to the others that have and had seniors, bless all of you too!! You are great caring people!

Dee

Bless all of you who have adopted older dogs and stray dogs. I got my dog when he was a puppy. He is now 16yrs. old. He has been the best. He has helped me in so many ways and has bought so much happiness and joy to my life! Yes, He take 2 to 3 different meds. I learned to give them everyday. He has arthritis. I want to make sure he's in the least pain. He does walk around my house much slower now, but he still is able to walk. He still has that spunk, especially when I am giving him his medicine. He can't hear, but I still talk to him. What a wonderful and great day when I adopted him 16yrs. ago! It still is today! He brings so much love into my life! He is a stoic dog. My vet told me that about 5 yrs. ago. I am blessed to have him. He is a poodle. All dogs can have ailments in late life. Many dogs, mixed breed or pure breed can have a long life. Just wanted to share my story because when A'lee (my dog's name) turned 15 he became deaf and blind, but he is my baby. Congratulations, Kevin for adding Britney to your life! You will get so much happiness and joy from her! You are a good and caring person. Also to the others that have and had seniors, bless all of you too!! You are great caring people!

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