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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D McNamara

Kevin, our congrats to you and Britney for a wonderful match. I wholeheartedly agree that SR dogs have a great deal to offer us, the "rescuer". Some years ago I adopted a 12 Y/O, profoundly deaf, 4-toothed, Mill-girl, Maltese. Named her Kate, after Kate Hepburn. Of all the rescues in my 60+ year life, Kate taught me more about trust, grace, and dignity than any other experience in my life. She lived to be 17, which in Mill-Mom years is a miracle. Her secret: She learned to love life. I wish you and your "Wonder-Girl" a long and happy life together. Buddy and Dolly (Mill-mom) are nodding in agreement.

Mary Ballard

Kevin, thank you so much for adopting an "old dog" - I have a 13 year old Rott/Char Pei mix, and he is the love of my life. He suffers from hip dysplasia, he's had TPLO surgery on one leg, and menicisus repair on the other, he suffers from insulin-dependent diabetes (injection, twice a day) diabetic neuropathy, and has gone blind. But he loves me, he's happy, he eats, has no accidents (even if he did, I wouldn't care) and he is the best companion I've ever had. Older dogs are the best.


Thank you sooo much for giving Britany a chance and just to let you know your a special person may GOD BLESS THE BOTH OF YOU !!!


Thank God for people like Kevin who have the compassion to help a dog like Britney.

Peter & Suzanne...

You sir have done the Clan Bechard proud! We love our two lab mixes as much as you do yours. Britney has a male doppleganger named Frankie who is younger but looking at your beautiful girl we know how Frankie will look once he is a happy and healthy mature dog. You, sir, rock!


Bless you Kevin. So glad you found her and she you... Love and peace to you both.

Isabel Brown

Well done Kevin! I also adopted a stray collie x from our local shelter after losing my beloved white boxer after 11 years. Jessie has filled the void and I adore her, although a piece of my heart will always be with Nobby.

Jayne Morgan

I love the story of Britney. Such a beautiful story of love that animals give and humans reacting to unselfish love. Sleeping on the floor with Britney on the first nights and how the dog reacted, almost brought me to tears.


Hey Kevin that is just great. Im glad you adopted Britney. She looks like a great dog. I have a dog and cats. Good luck with her