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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Lori DiMaio

God bless you and your loving heart! It's not easy giving your heart to an older dog knowing you won't have as much time together as with younger dogs. But the love that comes with these animals is so worth it.


We won't adopt anything but senior pets...we usually end up not having enough time with them..but we wouldn't do it any other way.


Yay Britney and Kevin! Wishing you may happy years together. I have a blind 17 year old chihuahua who is the love of my life. We both congratulate you on your life together!

Lu and Rocky Lo...

Congratulations, Kevin! You will be given nothing less than unconditional love from Britney! On October 10, it will be 2 years that we've had our Sam, a Tibetan Spaniel. We think he's now about 13, as he was found as a stray in rural western Washington State. He decided that we were his new parents as soon as he met us! Life with Sam has been amazing! He is completed house-trained and has never chewed anything. He has quite a vocabulary. For the first 6 months that we had him, he made not a sound. Now, he loves to talk! Sam is so precious to us. For what we have given him, he has given right back to us ten-fold. Senior pets are fabulous!


God bless you!


You're a true hero Kevin! Britney is one lucky dog. Thanks for showing her such love in her "golden" years! Such a great story--brought tears to my eyes that there are good people out there like you that love animals just as much as I do!! Here's to many happy years together with Britney!!

Cindi Kifer

Congrats and thank you so much for giving this special soul a forever home. This story brings (happy) tears to my eyes.

patricia mulvay

What an awesome story.
As a dog rescuer myself, I understand the love and trust between these two.
God bless them boyh.


We need more people like you.


This is a great story! Old dogs are so great and have so much to offer. Good for you Kevin! Enjoy!