Eugene Bostick has about as much time on his hands as I would imagine most retirees have, trading their regular day job for time spent doing hobbies and pursuing other passions. Officially, Bostick has been retired for around 15 years, but is just now developing this newfound joy for bringing adventure to rescued dogs.
Eugene is an 80-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, native. One who never in a million years thought he would end up spending his “golden years” bringing joy to pets in need. But it is not something he says happened by his own volition:
“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.”
Bostick has remained vigilant in his quest to see these dogs taken care of, having rescued too many to count. But rescuing them wasn’t enough for Bostick, it would seem. Keeping them happy was also a priority.
The dogs of course have plenty of space on Bostick’s farm to run freely and play with one another, but Eugene thought it would be even better if he could find a way to take them to other places, too. Which is when he came up with the idea for 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 Bostick. “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.”
One to two times a week, Bostick and the nine dogs he currently cares for, fill the dog train and visit different locales, like the local creek, quiet streets in town, and the forest near Bostick’s home.
“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” Bostick said. “They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
“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 Eugene. “The dogs have a great time. They just really enjoy it.”
Source: Heart Centered Rebalancing