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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I love you, Kevin!!! Bless you for giving Britney such a loving home--she is one lucky dog!

Maureen Cram

Surely we don't expect people to totally disregard us because we get older? Neither should we give up or disregard senior dogs and cats. Well done Kevin - for giving an older dog a new lease on life.


Kevin--What a great guy you are to open your home and your heart to Britney. You both have found something special!
Britney--You lucky dog. You deserve the BEST and now you have it. And--woof woof bark woof!

Kelly Anen-Nett...

Kevin, such a wonderful happy ending for both of you! You've inspired me to do the same.

jenny schroeder

God bless you and Britney. I hope you both have many years ahead with lots of wonderful memories and love!!

Lizabeth Rice

Senior dogs need love too. I am so happy she found someone to care and love her like she deserves. There should be more people like Bechard.


Thank you Kevin for having that special Heart to save a special doggie like Brandy. I have a pit since she was a puppy, she is now 11 yrs old. She will NOT sleep alone either. She's a cuddle bug like Brandy :-)


God bless you Kevin for your compassion. I am sure Britney is giving you lots of affection and gratitude too :-)


Kevin, I own an old dog who is 16. He is a goldenretriver and he is awsome. Thank you Kevin. People like you are amazing.


Every time the ASPCA sent out an e-mail trying to find a home for Britney, it broke my heart... now I'm overjoyed to find that she's found her forever home, with an amazing compassionate person. She will repay you tenfold, with all the love she can give.