A handful of stray dogs were very lucky that they had been abandoned at
the end of a dead end street in Fort Worth, Texas. Not because they were
dumped and left to starve, but because Eugene Bostick, his brother
Corky, and their families took the dogs in. In addition to food,
shelter, and veterinary care, these lucky dogs get a train ride from
Bostick twice a week.
The 80-year-old Texan hardly expected to be spending his golden years chauffeuring dogs, but his natural compassion led him first to start caring for the abandoned dogs and then to entertaining them. At first he just started hooking up a small trailer to his little John Deere tractor and taking the dogs out for a nice drive. Before he knew it there were too many dogs to fit in the trailer and he needed a better solution.
The dogs have plenty of room to run and play on Bostick's farm, but everyone knows how much dogs love to go for a ride and get the wind in their fur. So to make additional room for more dogs Bostick created a little train. Each dog gets its own seat (or two for smaller dogs) made from plastic barrels with a little cushioning. Bostick got the idea when he saw a man using a similar train to haul rocks.
Twice a week he hooks up the train to take the dogs out. The pooches start getting excited when they hear the preparations. Some of the dogs need a little help getting in, but once there they are having a barking good time. The regular drive takes them through the nearby golf course. The golfers enjoy the sight and wave at Bostick. Some get out their cameras to capture the moment. The dogs bark happily throughout much of the hour and a half ride.
"They bark a lot. Then they get tired and just stop and look around," Bostick explained.
The brothers also care for and feed the wildlife that comes to their 13-acre property. This love of animals and taking care of them is credited with the brothers' longevity.
"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." Bostick apparently does too. Who wouldn't love getting to take their canine best friends on a train ride to happiness? Woof!
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