Dogs sadly don’t live as long as humans do, but some are blessed with good long lives. Once a dog reaches his senior years, every birthday is a milestone worth celebrating. Like one sweet rescue dog, who recently turned 23 — an incredible age in dog years — and got a very special birthday party to celebrate.
Bully the Chihuahua recently celebrated his 23rd birthday, and whilst most young adults his age are finishing up with university and thinking about their future, Bully is happy to be a 104-year-old elder (as calculated into human years), taking naps and eating snacks.
No birthday should go without a celebration and Bully’s current owners threw him a party no one will ever forget: big balloons, a bone-shaped treat with fancy icing to say ‘Happy Birthday’, and lots of celebratory snoozes to crown the occasion with.
Bully spent the first 21 years of his life with a loving family, enjoying the companionship of his humans, playing outside and going for runs in the local park. When his elderly owner could no longer care for him, the super senior found his way to The Mr. Mo Project, a senior dog rescue run by Chris Hughes and his wife.
But the family aren’t the only ones loving Bully. The birthday post garnered 10k likes and thousands of people sending their best wishes to the pup.
Regardless of his big personality, Bully’s age is catching up to him. He needs more rest than the average puppy, Chris saying, “he will fall asleep absolutely anywhere, sometimes on the middle of the floor in the kitchen, on a potty pad or on the biggest, most comfortable bed in the corner.” And therefore, the best thing they could give the doggo was a good birthday sleep, as well as a soft crumbly biscuit for the senior to enjoy.
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. “Even at his age, he likes to try to push around another one of our Chihuahuas.”
Hughes makes sure all the senior dogs in their care feel special by throwing parties to commemorate every possible event with them.