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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It's so sad when a dog is older and is tossed aside. This man is a Saint, sleeping on the floor next to her until she felt comfortable. Soo, sooo sweet. Britney will pay him back 100 fold with love and devotion. To everyone that contributed to this beautiful dog's recovery, God Bless, wonderful job.


Thank you Kevin for giving this sweet girl a chance. It warms my heart to think she is in a loving home now. Being in animal rescue, for years my husband and I have adopted grandma and grandpa dogs, they are awesome! I wish more people would consider adopting older animals.

Evelyn Harrison

I've had anywhere from one to four dogs at a time and they have all come to me as adults. They all live long lives and love to go everywhere with me. They all have gotten on with my cats, sometimes chasing them....good exercise for all.
There's a wonderful charity in Snohomish County, WA called "Old Dog Haven" with volunteer foster homes. I've had lots of help from them in different situations. SO, yeah, old dogs rock!

Connie Stuart

I love the older dogs. They are calmer and usually are house broken. They are so appreciative of having a home of their own and settle in quite easily. Love my older dogs.


What a beautiful story... it brought tears to my eyes

JoAnn Schmidt

Congratulation Kevin on adopting Britney! The lengths to which you went to help her acclimate to her new home paid off in big dividends of trust and love from her. Britney's story warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Britney and Kevin you are a match made in heaven!!!!!

Shawna Yeats

You're such an inspiration and I've decided that my next forever friend will be just like Britney.

Teri Talavera

I wish there were more people in the world like you. You have a wonderful heart!!!


Awesome!! Great to know there are still compassionate people in the world. Best of luck, an I hope you have many years together :)


Wow....I have a huge knote in my throat. How beautiful a guy you are.....and what a match made in Heaven. I'm soo very happy for you and Britney. It's so hard to keep typing because just thinking of the horrible life she had just breaks my heart to pieces. I'm so happy she had found a fur ever home. Thanks for being so a awesome guy.