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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analia nodarsr

I've cried tears of joy and I thank you for been am angel to these loving creatures that need us much and give us so much love and loyalty in return.

Jagdish Mittal

An example of nearness, affection and love between human and animals

Jagdish Mittal

An example of nearness, affection and love between human and animals

Jackie Mason

Kevin, you're a human angel. I wish more would see what wonderful companions older dogs make. I also believe she is an angel, too; you're life will forever be richer because of her. A wonderful story; I hope you have a long, long time together.


What a heart warming story. You must be a really good person, Kevin and Britney is so BOTH are! I hope you are also good at spotting ticks on an old black, girl like her so she has many more years of good health...Lyme-free.


Thank you Kevin for giving Britney a 2nd chance in life and a forever loving home. She will repay you a thousand times over for your generous heart. I too encourage people to adopt senior dogs, they have so much love to give.


What a beautiful story. It's ashame people pass up older dogs. Just think of all the puppy training you can pass on.. =]
Best to both of you.xoxo

Jackie Davis

Thank you for caring and sharing your home with her. They give so much and ask so little. Jackie


Great going i have three rescued dogs . They make the best pets . may godbless you for your love of this wonderful dog. semper fi Wayne .


I have tears in my eyes right now. Wow, Kevin, thank you for being such a great guy. I didn't believe anyone like this was out there anymore