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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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Lisa Tinsley

Im so thankful Brittney has a forever home. Thankyou for what you are doing!!!!

Julie

Adopting older dogs are the only way I go!!! Congratulations on a "perfect fit".

Patricia

I only adopt older dogs, they eyes show their experiences and they are the best pets. No need to train them, always having them on a leash. I have three dogs, my Balto was adopted from the pound and had all sorts of emotional problems. Now, he walks next to me without a leash and never leaves my site. They just know where they've got it good.

Nona

Britney is a very lucky gal to have found Kevin. Thank You Kevin for providing for her in her later years..

Lynita L Swartout

I'm so happy and you and Britney found each other, Kevin! Thank you for opening up your heart and home to Britney. May you share many happy years together...

Gwen

I remember seeing Britney listed for adoption. I could not have adopted her, but hoped that someone else would, knowing the challenges that she would face finding a home. It makes me so happy to learn Mr. Bechard had the generosity of heart to take her in.

Margaret

I'm so happy Britney has a home and an owner who loves her. I have 2 "rescues" and love them both. My daughter runs a kennel for these "precious pups" and I'm so happy I have two of them that she rescued. I just spent 8 weeks in a rehab and my daughter brought Mia, my chihuahua, to see me a couple of times and the other patients enjoyed seeing her as well. Don't hold back on a dog that is older - he/she might just be the best friend you've ever had.

Margaret

I'm so happy Britney has a home and an owner who loves her. I have 2 "rescues" and love them both. My daughter runs a kennel for these "precious pups" and I'm so happy I have two of them that she rescued. I just spent 8 weeks in a rehab and my daughter brought Mia, my chihuahua, to see me a couple of times and the other patients enjoyed seeing her as well. Don't hold back on a dog that is older - he/she might just be the best friend you've ever had.

Teri

Congratulations and thank you Kevin for rescuing and showing Britney such love. I've rescued a few senior golden retrievers, and my current baby is 15.3, has been with me 3 years now and is as happy as can be. Short walks, long car rides, long days lounging in the sun, healthy T R E A Ts, and he returns our love tenfold. I consider us (the humans) the lucky ones. I would encourage all adopters to not pass over a senior, your time together may be shorter, but every second is worth it.

Emily

I love this story! And way to go Kevin for giving this special senior an awesome home and life to live out in her later years. I ended up adopting an older dog, and he has been awesome! I wouldn't trade him for the world!

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