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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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Pamela Skinner

I commend you for reaching out with a big heart to give Britney her seniors years the best part of her life. It made me tear up.

Mary Ebbets

How Lucky for Britney and you!Our husky-shepherd(from a shelter on Long Island)our beloved Kasey lived to be 17 wonderful years.She passed 5 years ago and we still miss her.May your journey with Britney bring you much happiness.

Margaret Conti

You have made an old dog very happy, Kevin, and you have added some stars to your crown in Heaven. Britney will repay your kindness with unending love. What the world needs is more compassionate people like you.

Maia

What a lovely story! Bless your kind heart, Kevin. You were Britney's buddy till the end, and I'm sure she'll be waiting for you at the rainbow bridge when your time here ends. Thank you for sharing! And thank you to ASPCA for all that you do!

Judy

This is a beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank God for people like you, Kevin!! Please give her a hug for me!

NDalton

I am so happy to hear that you adopted each other! I volunteer with Carolina Basset Hound Rescue (www.cbhr.com) and there are frequently senior or special needs dogs that need good homes. These are great dogs that many shy away from for whatever reason. I pray that more folks consider adopting an animal no matter the age, color or size!! May God bless you and others like you!

NDalton

Timi Burgess

Kevin there should be more people like you. Your story made my eyes water. Old cats and dogs are sweet and lovable. Thank you for taking a chance on Britney and I wish you all the best with her.

Ann

I adopted Emilie Sue from our local animal shelter and she was much like Britanny wherein she wanted to be close by us. She had separation anxiety and we worked with her for two years so she could be left alone. The internet has wonderful tips on how to build up their confidence to be left alone. We did it step by step and she can now be left alone up to 5 hours alone. She is so sweet it was worth every day we spent helping her.

Ann

I adopted Emilie Sue from our local animal shelter and she was much like Britanny wherein she wanted to be close by us. She had separation anxiety and we worked with her for two years so she could be left alone. The internet has wonderful tips on how to build up their confidence to be left alone. We did it step by step and she can now be left alone up to 5 hours alone. She is so sweet it was worth every day we spent helping her.

Janice

I also have rescued an adult dog a pomeranian. there was very little training involved.. she also now takes two meds a day.. but I adore her..she is the best dog I ever owmned..I would do it all over again. Blessings to you and your new companion.

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