Rescue’s oldest dog is overjoyed to celebrate its 23rd birthday party


  • Bully is a 23-year-old Chihuahua.
  • When his family of 21 years could no longer care for him, he was welcomed by the Mr. Mo Project, a rescue for senior dogs.
  • The old dog loves to sleep. 

Bully has witnessed five presidents, the debut 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 tell you about any of them.

However, when the small dog was 23 years old, his owners threw a party for him that he’ll never forget.

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Bully lived with a loving family for the first 21 years of his life, enjoying the company of his humans, playing outside, and going for runs at the neighborhood park. 

When his elderly owner was no longer able to care for him, the super senior made his way to The Mr. Mo Project, a senior dog rescue headed by Chris Hughes and his wife.

Bully, now that he’s older, needs more rest than the ordinary puppy.

Bully’s previous owner described him as a “large dog in a little dog’s body,” and Hughes quickly discovered that, despite his elderly age, Bully hadn’t changed a bit. He describes him as feisty, naughty, sweet, independent, gentle, and calm, with an old man’s bark.

“Even at his age, he likes to try to push around another one of our Chihuahuas,” Hughes told The Dodo. 

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“Bully loves to sleep and he has earned that right,” said Hughes. “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.”

The Hughes family celebrated Bully’s birthday by decorating their home in his honor and providing him with the two things he enjoys most in life: goodies and naps. Hughes said Bully doesn’t have too many teeth, so they got him a soft biscuit and crumbled it up for him to enjoy. 

Hughes takes every effort to make all of the elderly dogs in their care feel special by holding parties to honor any and all events with them.

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“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.”

Bully will be able to enjoy many more celebrations thanks to the Hughes family.

Source: The Dodo


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Awww, this is a WONderful story – about an AMazing dog. Most elderly (anything) needs more short naps and even allowed to sleep w/o being
disturbed – in peace and quiet. After all ALL old ppl need their own time
to do whatever makes them happy. My Chihuahua is 15 and he is starting to sleep longer – but still wants to be up and joining the begging parties every nite before he eats. I make sure he has the opportunity to go out to pee/poop right after he wakes up and after he eats – he’s not so sure about stairs anymore so i carry him – and he is getting a cataract in one eye – so cannot see as well – so i am his person and I watch out FOR him – he appreciates that!