In Forth Woth, Texas, an elderly man takes stray dogs on awesome adventures in a custom-built dog train.
Eugene Bostick, 80, retired about 15 years ago. In his new career he is a train conductor for rescued stray dogs.
Bostick says he never planned on living out his golden years helping needy animals. It callous, heartless acts of others that made him feel he had no other option.
“We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn,” Bostick told The Dodo. “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.”
The kind man has taken in countless abandoned dogs over the years. Not only did he keep the dogs safe, he found an adorable way to keep them happy.
Bostick takes the nine dogs currently in his care on a wonderful trip once or twice a week. The elderly man and the pooches can be seen puttering down quiet streets around town or through the forest near their home, or stopping by a local creek for some fresh air while riding their custom dog train.
It’s something Bostick does for the formerly unloved dogs. He makes sure they enjoy their new lives.
“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 dog train is a hit among locals. It has attracted a fair share of admirers who occasionally stop to ask if they can take a few pictures. But for Bostick, it’s all about bringing a bit of happiness to the dogs who have been through so much.
“I’m getting up in age. I’m 80 now, so I suppose it can’t last too much longer, but I’ll keep it going as long as I can,” said Bostick. “The dogs have a great time. They just really enjoy it.”