Bully has lived through five presidents, the introduction of the first iPhone, the rise of social media, and a slew of other historical events since his birth in 1999 – but the Chihuahua is unlikely to recall any of them.
When the small dog turned 23 years old, his owners threw him a party he’ll remember for years.
Bully was raised by a loving family for the first 21 years of his life, where he enjoyed the company of his humans while playing outside and going for runs at the local park. When his previous owner could no longer care for him, the senior dog ended up at The Mr. Mo Project, a senior dog rescue run by Chris Hughes and his wife.
Bully’s former owner described him as a “big dog in a little dog’s body,” and despite his advanced age, he hadn’t changed one bit.
Hughes described Bully as “feisty, naughty, sweet, independent, gentle, calm, and he has an old man bark. Even at his age, he likes to push another one of our Chihuahuas around.”
Bully requires more rest than a typical puppy now that he is older. “Bully likes to sleep, and he’s earned the right to do so,” Hughes added. “He’ll fall asleep anywhere, sometimes on the kitchen floor, sometimes on a potty pad, sometimes on the biggest, most comfortable bed in the corner.”
The Hughes family decorated their home in honor of Bully’s birthday and gave him the two things he loves most in the world — treats and naps. “He doesn’t have many teeth,” Hughes explained, “so we got a soft biscuit and crumbled it up for him to enjoy. He enjoys sleeping, so that’s the best gift you could give him.”
Hughes makes every effort to make all of the senior dogs in their care feel special by throwing parties to commemorate any and all events with them.
“We try to celebrate all of the wonderful things that happen in our home because there are so many not-so-wonderful things that happen,” Hughes said. “We celebrate when dogs complete chemo treatments, birthdays, adoptions, and have been known to have Christmas in July if we believe someone will not make it until Christmas.”
Bully will be able to enjoy many more celebrations as a result of the Hughes family’s generosity. And he’s earned it at the age of 23.
To support the care of senior dogs like Bully, you can make a donation to The Mr. Mo Project.