Eugene Bostick’s most poignant work began, after being retired for about 15 years. He became a train conductor for rescued stray dogs, a new career path. According to Eugene, he never planned on dedicating his golden years to helping needy pets. Instead, the lively eighty-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas said that it was a duty given to him by the heartlessness of others.
“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,” Bostick told the Dodo.
Bostick has taken in countless abandoned dogs over the years. But, he has given them so much than just shelter and love. He’s discovered a cute way to keep them happy as well.
The retiree thought it would nice to be able to take them on little trips to other places as well. That’s about the time he was inspired to build a kind of transportation designed specifically for his canine friends. Even though the rescued dogs have plenty of room to run and play on Bostick’s farm, he didn’t want to limit the dogs to the sight of his farm.
“One day I was out and I saw this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train.’ 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,” Bostick revealed.
The dog train was then brought into life by Bostick’s wonderful idea.
Bostick and the nine dogs, currently under his care, stop by a local creek for some fresh air in the custom dog train and can be seen puttering down quiet streets around town or through the forest near their home, once or twice a week. The formerly unloved dogs now live their happy new lives by enjoying the train trip and getting lots of love and care.
“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,” Bostick shared.
For Bostick, it’s all about bringing a bit of joy to a handful of dogs who had been through so much before finding themselves as his cheerful passengers. However, the dog train has come to attract a fair share of attention among locals who occasionally stop to ask if they can take a few pictures.
According to Bostick, “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. The dogs have a great time. They just really enjoy it.”
Watch the video of Bostick and his lovable dogs below:
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