Months after Steve Greig’s beloved dog (and best bud) had passed, the pain of losing his furry friend was still heart-wrenching. But that didn’t stop him from doing something truly remarkable.
Steve decided that the pain of losing his dog shouldn’t stop him from giving another dog a good life. That sounds pretty normal, right? A guy loses a dog- a guy gets another dog- life goes on.
But Steve didn’t adopt just any dog…and he didn’t adopt just one. One day he woke up and decided to head to his local shelter in Denver, Colorado. Once there, here asked for the “least adoptable” senior dog, since these are the ones too often overlooked, and end up living a solitary and sad existence…or are put to sleep.
Steve currently is playing the role of super-dad to his 10 elder shelter dogs, and his Instagram (with over 478k followers) is overloaded with cuteness.
Every morning, Steve wakes up at 5.a.m to make breakfast for his big family. The majority of the dogs have different diets, so you can imagine the time it takes just to do this one simple task. The remainder of his schedule is filled with walks in the park, vet appointments…and lots of love and cuddles. “Whenever I sit or lie down at a dog-friendly level, there are always at least three or four of [dogs] attached,” Steve writes on Instagram.
“They’re just wiser animals,” Steve told The Dodo. “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. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
Among the adorable elderly dogs, is a pig named Bikini, as well as two ducks, pigeons, cats and a few chickens. Steve doesn’t have any more room for pets right now, but he is planning on adopting more senior dogs in the future. Because after all, love sees no age.
Months kept passing after Steve Greig’s beloved dog died, but he still felt crushed
“A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it”
“I decided that the only way I would feel better was if something good happened that probably wouldn’t have happened if he had not died”
“So [I adopted] a 12-year-old Chihuahua with a heart murmur and four bad knees”
“…And that was just the beginning of all the animals”
Now, Greig is a super busy human dad to his 10 elder shelter dogs
“A normal day for me is getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning and making breakfast for all of them”
“Which, you know, there’s 10 [dogs] and most of them have different diets”
He also takes them to grooming appointments and the vet
And administers medication to the ones with health problems
Greig even comes back from work during lunch time to let them outside and give treats
While he’s away, the lovely crowd has time to express themselves…
“I grew up with a lot of pets”
“Both my parents were animal lovers”
“They pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it”
“[Senior dogs] are just wiser animals”
“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”
More info: Instagram
By Raven Fon