Just about everyone loves trains, so why wouldn’t dogs?
80-year-old Eugene Bostick would soon find out. He retired 15 years ago, and like many retirees had extra time and wasn’t sure what he’s do with that free time. It didn’t take long.
Bostick started caring for dogs no one else wanted. It was a calling he took seriously. Though he never imagined he’d end up dedicating his free time to caring for abandoned dogs, but the calling was too great. The Fort Worth, TX native 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 found a new way to keep his canine family, which had grown to 9 dogs, entertained. “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.”
It evolved into a special dog train for his pooches. Plus, it’s a super easy way to take all of them on trips through town.
“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.”
Although Eugene, who says, “I’m getting up in age,” isn’t sure how long he’ll be able to go on conducting, for now, he’s just pleased that his passenger pups, who have been through a lot, are safe and able to have a swell time onboard his slick invention.