Life as a stray dog ain’t pretty, so this 80-year-old welder takes them on field trips.
It’s not easy being a stray dog. Life on the streets puts you at heightened risk for disease, teen pregnancy, and incarceration. But Eugene Bostick, a delightful 80-year-old retiree from Fort Worth, Texas, decided he couldn’t just stand idly by a growing national crisis. Instead of leaving them to howl on suburban streets, Bostick decided to adopt a group of strays, then put them on a little train he designed, just to keep them entertained.
Bostick told The Dodo that he came up with the idea after seeing a neighbor drive around on his own tractor. “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’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 … Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited.”
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Bostick loves driving the dogs around town, but especially through his town’s local golf course, where area residents stand by … confused. There’s not many people/any people who would see a tractor and think: “Hmm, how bout I weld a luxury dog train?” So let’s take a moment to applaud good ol’ fashioned American innovation, as well as a little train, bringing so much happiness to earth’s greatest creation: the dog.
(h/t The Dodo)