Unfortunately, dogs do not live as long as people, but some are blessed with long lives. Every birthday is a reason to rejoice when a dog approaches his senior year.
Like one special rescue canine who recently turned 23. An incredible age in dog years and received a very special birthday party to commemorate the occasion.
Bully, a Chihuahua, has lived a long life, but when he was 21, his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and he was taken in by The Mr. Mo Project, a senior canine rescue, according to The Dodo.
It can be challenging for a dog to adjust to new surroundings at an advanced age. Bully, also known as Bobo, is a “super senior” in canine years, having lived far beyond the life expectancy of Chihuahuas.
Conversely, Bully has adjusted to his new environment and thrives after two years in the rescue.
“Bully is feisty, naughty, sweet, independent, gentle, calm, and he has an old man bark,” The Dodo’s Chris Hughes said. “Even at his age, he likes to try to push around another one of our Chihuahuas.”
Bully is now the rescue’s oldest resident, so they honored his incredible 23rd birthday in style.
According to a Facebook update, Bully was born on April 5, 1999. He is one of the few dogs living today who has survived two millennia. He’s attained an age that few dogs can imagine.
While it is an occasion worthy of a grand celebration, this old dog chose a more low-key affair.
“He doesn’t have too many teeth, so we got a soft biscuit and crumbled it up for him to enjoy,” Hughes said. “He enjoys sleeping, so that’s the best gift to give him.”
Chris Hughes and his wife Mariesa founded the Mr. Mo Project, and senior dogs hold a special place in their affections. They were motivated to start the rescue after caring for Moses, a 12-year-old dog who had been surrendered because he was “too old.”
The couple reportedly spent more than $55,000 converting their home into a senior dog sanctuary, all to ensure that these often-overlooked senior pets have a secure, loving place to spend their golden years.
“We both work full-time jobs outside The Mr. Mo Project,” Chris told Insider. “This is not a job; this is a labor of love. It’s where all our money goes toward.”
“Many of these dogs that come to us are probably overlooked because of their appearance. They’ve got bad legs, bad teeth, crusted eyes, and they’re matted. But they have so much life to live.”
They’ve seen many senior dogs arrive and go over the years, and they always celebrate their dogs’ major life events.
“We try to celebrate all the great things that happen in our home because so often there are not-so-great things that happen,” Chris told The Dodo.
And Bully’s big 23rd birthday was undoubtedly one of the most special events — not only because of his remarkably advanced age but also because of how much he has meant to them over the past two years.
“When he came to us, I 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 joy. I can’t even imagine my life without him now.”
Bully, happy b’day! What an incredible accomplishment to survive to the age of 23. Wishing you many more happy years ahead!
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