Retiree Eugene Bostick, 80 years old, lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his brother Corky. The two of them have been caring for wildlife around the area for 30 years.
They live on a dead-end street where many locals drop off their unwanted dogs and leave them behind. When he noticed what was going on, Eugene began adopting the poor animals. He and Corky 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,” says Eugene. And do they ever – with their very own train! I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train.’ ”
“I started out with my tractor. I’d put four or five dogs in there and take them riding. All of a sudden, a couple more dogs showed up. I said, ‘Oh, that’s not enough room’ – and that’s when I came up with THAT. 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.”
Now, the 80-year-old retiree takes his rescued dogs on a train ride twice a week
It all started with collecting strays, but the brothers have now started using the train for family trips into town. “Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” says Eugene.
“They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
Perhaps some would see this as an amusement part for dogs, but Eugene seems to look at it more as a home. The dogs are taken care of in tremendous fashion, and if you were to visit, you’d realize that every single one of them is extremely happy with their new living conditions.