ASPCA Happy Tails: Bernie & Blanco’s Blissful Life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 2:15pm
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Meet Bernie and Blanco. Bernie is a 7 year-old Mini Poodle and Blanco is an 11-year-old Bichon Frisé. These two pups came to the ASPCA at separate times, but both had a similar host of medical problems ranging from cataracts to Cushing’s Disease. We knew it would be tough to find them a home, so imagine our joy when they both ended up in the same home. Thanks to some very big-hearted adopters named Julia and Pat, these senior sweeties are both living happy lives with a perfect family. Here is their story.

“Before adopting Blanco,” Julia tells us, “we already had a very full house.” With two kids and an 18- year-old Bichon Frisé, the last thing Julia and Pat were thinking about was another animal. But their daughter Ashley spotted Blanco, also a Bichon, at the ASPCA and approached her parents about adopting. At 11 years old, Blanco was suffering from Cushing’s Disease, cataracts, and a benign tumor. When Pat learned that Blanco had been adopted and returned multiple times, he convinced his wife that the adoption was meant to be.

Julia admits that “Blanco’s transition was difficult.” In addition, the Cushing’s Disease requires regular, daily medication. Despite all this, Blanco settled into the family and turned out to be a very fun, happy pup.  Julia raves, “He dances on his hind legs, wags his tail to holiday music, and likes our daughter-in-law to speak to him in Spanish!” Seeing Blanco gave the family the confidence to return to the ASPCA and adopt Bernie, the Mini Poodle, who was also diagnosed with Cushing’s.

“Bernie fit right in immediately,” says Julia. The well-trained pup sits and stays on command, enjoys long walks, and loves to snuggle into a warm lap. Together, the two dogs live a very charmed life.

Caring for a dog with a chronic disease can be heartbreaking work, but it can also be an incredibly rewarding way to save a life. Julia says, “I had never heard of Cushing’s Disease before Blanco and Bernie. I hope you can let people know that it’s manageable. We are so happy it didn’t stop us from adopting these sweet pups.”

We suspect that Bernie and Blanco feel the same way. 

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