Eugene Bostick, an 80-year-old retiree in Fort Worth, Texas, built a dog train using a tractor and a line of barrel trailers, and takes the strays he cares for on a daily ride through town.
"We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn," Bostick told The Dodo
. "People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live."
"Well I’ve been feeding the wildlife for over 30 years here, and I’m going to live another 30," Bostick's brother, Corky, told NBC News
. "I’m only 86! My wife said if I didn’t get up and do this I’d be dead. And I really would."
Eugene Bostick said he was inspired to build the train by a rock hauler he saw in town.
"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,'" he explained. "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."
Thus, the dog train was born.
These days, Bostick takes the dogs out a few times a week on rides that can last as long as an hour and a half. One route he's fond of goes through the local Sycamore Golf Course nearby his property. There, golfers frequently wave and snap photos as the pups roll by.
"They bark a lot. Then they get tired and just stop and look around," said Bostick.
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