Pet owners around the world can understand the deep bond that can be formed between a master and his pet. Maybe they can also understand the pain of losing a pet, if that has happened, and how that painful feeling can last.
For a man, he decided to handle his pain a little differently.
Steve Greig, a Colorado accountant, felt lost after the death of one of his dogs.
He decided that he wanted to give a happier life to another animal. But wait, not just one. Steve went to the local shelter in Denver, Colorado, to adopt the “ least adoptable ” dog there, the one with the least chance of having a family and home to call his own.
“I was so distressed (by that death),” Steve told The Dodo. “A month or two passed, and I still felt horrible about it. I decided that the only way to feel better was if something good happened. That probably wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t died. ”
Steve told The Dodo that older animals are incredibly wise. “ You kind of know what you want out of life when you reach a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it is easy to create a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are. It’s very gratifying that these guys are happy and loved and treated well. It makes my days worth it,”he adds.
Steve approached an animal shelter and asked about the dogs that nobody wanted.
“I grew up with many pets,” Steve said. “My parents were animal lovers and they always let me have what I wanted while I could take care of it.”
“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,” he said.
Now, he has eight adult dogs that nobody else wanted, as well as his sister’s and a roommate’s dog, and although it is a bit of work to attend to their different diets and needs, he likes it.
“A normal day for me is to get up at 5 in the morning and prepare breakfast for all of them, which, you know, are 10 dogs and most of them have different diets.”
In addition to making at least 10 breakfasts, Steve also takes care of his older canines attending to his health problems. The accountant then goes to work and returns in the afternoon to provide lunch to the pack.
Steve also has a pretty busy weekend, since he is full of grooming appointments for his pets.
Not only does he have a large family of old dogs, he also shares with a collection of cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, a rabbit and a pond full of fish.
Steve really has a special taste for adult animals. “They are wiser animals,” he said. “You know what you want from life once you reach a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it is easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are. ”
Keep up your great work Steve, these creatures without love need you to bring home the food and veterinary bills!