Losing a dog can leave a huge empty space in your heart. One day you have your dog to love and then one day they pass away. Though no dog can take place of another, one man found a way to help ease the pain and help other dogs.
Steve Greig was brokenhearted when he lost one of his dogs. So he headed to his local animal shelter and asked for the dog that no one wanted. He adopted the dog that the staff said no one wanted. “So (I adopted) a 12-year-old Chihuahua (named Eeyore) with a heart murmur and four bad knees, and I brought him home, and that was just the beginning of all the animals,” Steve said.
Taking care of animals was nothing new for Steve. Steve’s parents were animal lovers too, so Steve grew up around lots of animals. He knew the commitment that animals meant, and he enjoyed the responsibility that animal care involved. Steve continued to adopt unwanted dogs and reached a 9 count for dogs.
Steve also has a pig named Bikini, a rabbit named Stuart and a chicken named Betty. “I’m upfront about all the dogs when guests come to the house. But I keep the pig secret for an element of surprise,” he said.
Steve schedules his day around the animals and his work as an accountant. A typical day begins at 5AM for animal feeding and medications. Then he heads to work to make the money that helps him take such great care of his animal family. For lunch, he heads home to see his animals, then heads back to work to finish out the day. Once home, he feeds them all again and takes them on a walk. He pulls a cart for those that do better on wheels than on foot. The others walk on a leash. The day finishes out with most of them cuddling in bed together, with a few sleeping in their own beds.
In an effort to help as many dogs as he can, Steve often features Senior dogs needing homes on his Instagram page.
“They’re just wiser animals. 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.”