Honoring the memory of his beloved late dog
Pets are a vital part of our family. We take them in, care for them and watch them grow to be adult puppers and catos, making us better humans in the process. Adopting a pet from shelters is even more of a reason to feel of doing a good deed.
But the downside to adoption process is the fact that young and cute puppies are being taken, skipping on senior and ill animals. However, colorado -based animal lover, Steve Grieg has come with a fresh resolve.
Steve had many pets growing up, often having around three or four at a time. After a beloved dog had passed away, he wanted to commemorate the life of his best friend.
So, he decided to go to his local shelter and ask for their “least adoptable” dog. “So [I adopted] a 12-year-old Chihuahua [named Eeyore],” he said. “With a heart murmur and four bad knees and I brought him home and that was just the beginning of all the animals.”
Not long has passed before going back and visiting other shelters to get the old and unhealthy animals in need of a home. Currently living with 10 elderly dogs, a rabbit, two pigeons, and two ducks. Oh and also a great pig who goes by the name “Bikini”. Yes, Bikini the pig.
Steve has a commentary on adopting older animals: “They’re just wiser animals,” he said. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are.”
To share awareness on the subject, he started an Instagram which now has over 800,000 followers. Adding “They just make it feel like home. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile,”.
With a heart warming illustrated book just coming out, Steve’s family seems to only grow in size. Showing that true love crosses all sizes and ages.