Unfortunately, dogs do not live as long as humans, yet some are blessed with lengthy lives. As a dog enters his senior years, every birthday is a reason to rejoice.
Like one exceptional rescue dog who just reached 23—an extraordinary age in dog years—and had a very special birthday celebration to commemorate the occasion.
Bully, a Chihuahua, has had a long life, but at the age of 21, his old owner could no longer care for him, and he was taken in by the senior dog rescue, The Mr. Mo Project.
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At such an advanced age, it might be hard for a dog to adjust to new circumstances. Bully, also known as Bobo, is a “super senior” in dog years, having lived well beyond the life expectancy of Chihuahuas.
Bully, on the other hand, has adjusted to his new home and continues to flourish after two years in rescue.
Bully is strong, mischievous, kind, independent, gentle, quiet, and he has an old man bark, Chris Hughes said. Even at his age, he loves to push another one of their Chihuahuas around.
Bully is now the rescue’s oldest resident, so they made sure to celebrate his spectacular 23rd birthday in style.
Bully was born on April 5, 1999, according to a Facebook post. He is one of the rare dogs living today who has survived two millennia. He’s reached an age that few dogs can imagine.
Although it is an event deserving of a grand party, this senior dog wanted a more low-key affair.
Since he doesn’t have many teeth, they grabbed a soft biscuit and crushed it up for him to eat, Hughes said. He adores sleeping, so that’s the nicest present one could offer him.
Chris Hughes and his wife Mariesa founded the Mr. Mo Project, and senior pets have a particular place in their hearts. They were motivated to establish the rescue after caring for Moses, a 12-year-old dog who had been surrendered because he was “too old.”
The couple allegedly spent more than $55,000 converting their house into a senior dog sanctuary, all to guarantee that these often-overlooked senior pets had a secure, loving environment to spend their golden years.
Chris explained that outside of The Mr. Mo Project, they both work full-time jobs. This is a labor of passion, not a job. It’s where all of their money goes.
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A lot of the dogs who come to them are undoubtedly neglected due to their appearance. They have matted legs, terrible teeth, crusty eyes, and bad legs. Yet they have so much life ahead of them.
They’ve seen many senior dogs arrive and leave over the years, and they always make a point of celebrating their pets’ major life events.
Chris continued that they try to appreciate all of the wonderful things that occur in their family due to the numerous not-so-wonderful things that happen. They celebrate when dogs complete cancer treatments, birthdays, and adoptions, and have been known to have Christmas in July if they believe somebody will not make it until Christmas.
And Bully’s big 23rd birthday was without a doubt one of the most significant events—not just because of his incredibly advanced age, but also due to how much he has meant to them over the last two years.
The owners said on Instagram that they really didn’t want to add another dog to their pack, especially one that was 21 years old. But, you know what? Bully must have been sent from the cosmos since he offers them so much happiness that he can’t fathom his life without him.
Bully, happy birthday! Such a remarkable accomplishment to live to the age of 23! Wishing you many more happy years ahead!