Sadly, dogs don’t live as long as humans, but some are blessed with a good long life. Once a dog reaches his senior years, every birthday is a milestone worth celebrating.
Like a sweet rescue dog, who recently turned 23, an incredible age in dog age, and had a very special birthday party to celebrate.
Bully, a chihuahua, has had a long life, but when he was 21 years old, he had a major change in his life: his elderly owner could no longer care for him and he was taken in by the elderly dog rescue The Mr. .Mo Project. , according to The Dodo.
It can be difficult for a dog to find himself in a new environment at such an advanced age. Bully, also known as Bobo, is a “super senior” in dog years: he has now far exceeded the life expectancy of Chihuahuas.
But after two years in the rescue, Bully has settled into his new home and continued to thrive.
“Bully is feisty, mischievous, sweet, independent, gentle, quiet and has an old man’s bark,” Chris Hughes, who runs the rescue, told The Dodo. “Even at his age, he likes to try to push another one of our chihuahuas.”
Bully is now the oldest resident of the rescue, so when he recently celebrated his incredible 23rd birthday, they made sure to celebrate in style.
According to a Facebook post, Bully was born on April 5, 1999. He is one of the few living dogs to have survived two millennia. He has reached an age that few dogs could dream of.
While it’s an occasion worthy of a stir, this old dog preferred a more low-key celebration.
“He doesn’t have a lot of teeth, so we got a soft cookie and crumbled it up for him to enjoy,” Hughes said. “He really enjoys sleeping, so that’s the best gift to give him.”
Chris Hughes started the Mr. Mo Project with his wife Mariesa, and senior dogs hold a very special place in their hearts. They were inspired to start the rescue after caring for a 12-year-old dog named Moses who had been given up for “being too old.”
The couple have reportedly spent more than $55,000 to turn their home into a senior dog sanctuary, all to ensure that these often-overlooked senior pets have a safe and loving place to spend their final years.
“We both have full-time jobs outside of The Mr. Mo Project,” Chris told Insider. “This is not a job, it is a labor of love. It’s where all our money goes.”
“Many of these dogs that come to us are probably overlooked because of their appearance. They’ve got bad legs, bad teeth, scabby eyes, they’re matted. But they have so much life to live.”
They have seen many senior dogs come and go over the years, and are always sure to celebrate the big milestones in their dogs’ lives.
“We try to celebrate all the good things that happen in our home because often not so good things happen,” Chris told The Dodo. “We celebrate when dogs finish chemotherapy treatments, birthdays, adoptions and have been known to have Christmas in July if we think someone won’t be here until Christmas.”
And Bully’s big 23rd birthday was without a doubt one of the most special occasions, not only because of his remarkably advanced age, but because of how much he has meant to them over the past two years.
“When he came to us, he honestly didn’t want to add another dog to our pack, especially a 21-year-old,” the owners wrote on Instagram. “But you know what? The universe must have known we needed Bully because this dog brings us so much joy that I can’t even imagine my life without him now.”
Happy birthday Bully! What an incredible achievement to live to be 23 years old! I wish you even more happy years ahead!
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