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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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! What touching and wonderful stories. I wanted to share mine.


Sorry! I did not mean for my story to go through three times! Had trouble getting it posted.

delores schnoor

Very nice story! Some people do have compassion when it comes to rescueing senior animals, they(senior animals) are sweet and thankful for being saved! Thank you for having a kind and loving heart Kevin Bechard! We need more loving/caring people like you in this world! Hugs to beautiful Britney


Congrats, Kevin and Britney. You sound like a match made in heaven. Old Dogs are awesome. My guy also can't climb stairs anymore and takes meds twice a day, but when we walk the pasture he is as joyful as any puppy! May you and Britney have many years together. I am glad she found a terrific furever home!


GREAT STORY! She looks exactly like my 16 year old lab/chow, that passed away four years ago. I would have adopted her in a second!!!!!!

Bill Casey

You've done a truly wonderful thing!


God bless you 2!!!! I am so glad she found a great home who will care for her as she deserves!!!! Rescues are the best they really appreciate a home!!! I am a shelter volunteer and a proud rescue mom and am very thankful of people like you who can take care of the in the ways they need. I would adopt older dogs in a heartbeat if I had more room and time. My rescue puppy takes up quite a bit of it but I wouldn't trade her for the world! My grandparents adopted an older dog and they say they wish he wasn't so old because he is such a great dog and wish they had more time with him! GO RESCUE DOGS and again god bless you for saving this deserving girl!!!!!!


We always adopt older pets and pets with disabilities and I think they are the best, most loving, wonderful pets with great personalities. I can't say nough good things about them and, of course, wish more people would give them a chance.


OMG, I am in tears, what a happy ending and you couldn't ask for a better one. It sounds like now she i living again and i hope she has many more years to come..Good luck Kevin and Britney


I actually saw Britney in her kennel at the ASPCA when I visited. She was very shy and seemed forlorn to me. I could not adopt her but I hoped with all my heart that some wonderful person would come along and see how beautiful she was. Kevin, you are a good person and a blessing to this magnificent dog. I know that she will bless you, too, with love and devotion. May you have many, many years of fun and sweetness together. Very special "Happy Tails" story!