Bully has lived through five presidents, the debut of the first iPhone, the rise of social media, and many other historical events since his birth in 1999 – but the Chihuahua probably won’t be able to tell you about any of them.
However, when the small dog was 23 years old, his owners celebrated by giving him a party he’ll remember for years to come.
Bully spent the first 21 years of his life with a loving family, where he enjoyed the company of his humans while playing outside and going for runs at the local park. When his old owner was no longer able to care for him, the senior dog found his way to The Mr. Mo Project, a senior dog rescue headed by Chris Hughes and his wife.
His former owner described Bully as a “big dog in a little dog’s body,” and Hughes quickly found that despite Bully’s advanced age, he hadn’t changed one bit.
“Bully is feisty, naughty, sweet, independent, gentle, calm and he has an old man bark,” Hughes told The Dodo. “Even at his age, he likes to try to push around another one of our Chihuahuas.”
Bully need more rest than the normal puppy now that he is older. “Bully enjoys sleeping, and he has earned the right to do so,” Hughes added. “He will fall asleep wherever, sometimes on the kitchen floor, on a potty pad, or on the biggest, most comfortable bed in the corner.”
For Bully’s birthday party, the Hughes family decorated their house in honor of the little dog and gave him the two things he loves most in the world — treats and a nap. “He doesn’t have too many teeth, so we got a soft biscuit and crumbled it up for him to enjoy,” Hughes said. “He really enjoys sleeping, so that’s the best gift to give him.”
Hughes makes sure all the senior dogs in their care feel special by throwing parties to commemorate every possible event with them.
“We try to celebrate all the great things that happen in our home because so often there are not-so-great things that happen,” Hughes said. “We celebrate when dogs finish chemo treatments, birthdays, adoptions and have been known to have Christmas in July if we think someone won’t make it until Christmas.”
Thanks to the Hughes family, Bully will have many more celebrations to look forward to. And at the age of 23, he’s earned it.
To support the care of senior dogs like Bully, you can make a donation to The Mr. Mo Project.
h/t: The DoDo