Dogs enjoy a spot of heaven on their own personal train
When he realized what the cruel hearts of humans were doing, he decided to step in and help out in any way he could.
Eugene Bostick of Fort Worth, Texas, has taken on a wonderful hobby in his retirement: rescuing dogs that people have abandoned at the end of his street.
As reported by The Dodo, Bostick had never planned this for his retirement, but was compelled to do it when he realized that this was happening so close to his home.
Bostick and his brother own a horse barn at the end of a dead-end street. Because of the infrastructure, many people use it as the perfect spot to dump their unwanted dogs, leaving them there to starve to death.
As a result, Bostick started to feed them, then decided to let them into his home, and now ensures they get proper vet care as well.
Over the 15 years since his retirement, Bostick has taken in countless dogs, but he has created a home for them that they've never truly had before.
The dogs may have plenty of space to run and roam freely on Bostick's farm, but he decided they also needed to be able to get out and see other places too, so he came up with an ingenious idea.
This inspired him to come up with the most adorable method of transportation for them: A 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."
Bostick currently has 9 dogs in his care, and he makes sure to take them out on their dog train once or twice a week. The retiree takes them through quiet streets in town, or even through a forest near his home by the creek.
These formerly unwanted dogs love their trips on the train, barking happily as they putter along behind the tractor.
"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."
The locals love seeing Bostick out and about with his pups, and many have stopped him to ask if he would mind them snapping a shot of him with his canine friends.
For Bostick, the biggest reward is not the public attention he gets from complete strangers, but in making the dogs happy after the rough start they've all had to life.
"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 Bostick. "The dogs have a great time. They just really enjoy it."