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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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CDE BLAKE

I've been dogsitting for friends for nearly 20 years. I thought I was a cat person, but after adopting my 10+ year Lulu, I've become a dog person. She's a retired/rescued puppy mill mom with many years of love to give. I figure she and I are the same age. I couldn't ask for a better companion. She goes with me now when I dog sit. Such fun. Give yourself a break and look for an older dog to love you.

JUDE

I DON'T KNOW WHICH IS MORE FABULOUS? YOUR HEART OR HER NEW HOME? NO DOUBT BOTH & IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE YOU SAVED EACH OTHER! HUGS TO THE BOTH OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annette Villapiano

God Bless you Kevin for giving this old gal the forever home she deserves....

Francesca Beahan

Kevin, you are to be commended for what you did for Britney, an older dog. I believe that older dogs have so much love to give and you are going to get that from Britney to the maximum. I wish you many happy years together. God Bless You.

Tucker

KEVIN YOU ROCK!! YOU ARE MY KIND OF PERSON!!

I AM SOOOO HAPPY YOU ADOPTED BRITNEY THE SENIO DOG!!

SHE SOUNDS GREAT AND IS NO DOUDT VERY HAPPY!!

I HOPE YOU TO HAVE A LONG LIFE OF HAPPINESS AND FUN TOGETHER!!

WELCOME HOME BRITNEY!! YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL DOG INSIDE AND OUT!!

IT IS HAPPY DANCE TIME NOW IN HONOR OF THIS DOG BRITNEY!!

Darlene Mapes

God Bless you Kevin. I too adopted an older dog and he is the love of my life.

Linda

This is the first I have heard this. Because the animal is Black.Over the years we have had all color's. My last dog was brown& black,mostly black.Loved her a bunch!!!!!Takes all kinds I guess....:(

Val Rohde

I commend you. We have a senior boy, Buddy is his name. At age 14+, it is a challenge. But we love him so uncondtionally, he feels the same, we do everything we can do to keep him happy. Keep up the good work. Bless you both.

Marla

You're an angel here on earth and am so thrilled you both have each other to love! :-)

Bonnie

I am so very happy for the both of you and that you found each other. Senior dogs have refinement and many people do not understand that & I am very happy you do! Good Luck to you both! Bonnie D

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