80-year-old Eugene Bostick, from Fort Worth, Texas, may have retired from his career 15 years ago, but in doing so he opened up time to start some impactful work by taking in and feeding stray dogs in his area. And thus began his new endeavour – as a train conductor for abandoned dogs.
It wasn’t a dream or a plan of the retiree to help animals in need, but as the dogs started showing up after being abandoned and left to die by careless owners, he decided to do something about it.
In an interview with The Dodo, Bostick said: “We live 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, and taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live.”
Bostick has taken in quite a few stray dogs over the years and although the dogs have plenty of room to run around and play on his farm, he wanted to be able to easily take them out on little trips. This idea was what inspired the whole concept of the dog train.
“One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train,’ ” said the enthused dog lover. “I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together.”
Check Out This Video Of Bostick And The Dogs Train In Action
A few times a week, he can be seen taking his current 9 dogs around the quiet streets of the town. Apparently the dogs look forward to these little trips! You can tell in the video that the dogs thoroughly enjoy these little rides around town and according to Bostick, “Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited. They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
Seriously, how cute is that? It just melts my heart. This story is an inspiring example of how we can all do something to help others in need. Even just one simple thing to bring joy to another’s life is worth it, even if that someone is a furry friend.
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