Eugene Bostick, an 80-year old man from Forth Worth Texas found his calling after he retired 15 years ago. Since then, he takes in stray dogs and offers them the love and care they never thought they’ll get.
In an interview with The Dodo, Bostick said:
“We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn,” (…) “People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live.”
It’s definitely not easy to care for 9 dogs – some people can’t do that with just one pet, but this man found a unique way to make them happy despite the fact the canines have plenty of space to roam on Bostick’s farm. The idea came to him as he was thinking it would be a fun adventure for dogs if he could take all of them to see other places.
Bostick found inspiration looking at a guy pulling some rocks in carts hooked to a tractor. Apparently, he’s quite handy and he borrowed the idea to build his doggy train using some wheels and plastic barrels.
Now, once or twice a week, the man and his nine dogs take a ride through calm neighborhoods, the forest close to their home and sometimes taking a break at a local creek.
“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” said Bostick. “They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
The locals are now accustomed to Bostick and his doggy train, and from time to time they ask him for permission to take some pictures. The 80-year old man is aware he’s not in his youth anymore, but he enjoys what he’s doing right now and seeing the dogs so happy. For him this is enough of a reward.