After a man’s beloved pet dies, he is determined to adopt other critters facing the same fate.
Steve Greig had always loved animals. The death of his precious dog Wolfgang left a gaping hole in his heart. Steve desperately wanted good to come from his pet’s death and knew that would fill the void.
“I was just so distraught…” he said. “A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it. I decided that the only way I would feel better was if something good happened that probably wouldn’t have happened if he had not died.”
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Steve visited a Denver, Colorado shelter to bring home the “least adoptable” dogs available. He eventually created an “animal hospice” within his own home. Steve wanted to make sure the unwanted animals had a loving and caring place to call home before leaving this earth.
“They know… I’m convinced that they know that you’ve saved them,” Steve says.
So far, he has adopted 10 senior dogs, a hog, cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, and a rabbit. One of the very first was Eeyore. The pup was a 12-year-old Chihuahua with four injured knees and a heart murmur. He moved slow but had a loving temperament.
Steve starts his days at 5 am. He wakes up to prepare the animals’ morning meals separately, as most of them have different dietary restrictions in their old age. He then goes to work as an accountant for a few hours, returning home for lunch. Steve lovingly greets the four-legged animals with treats and kisses.Share on Facebook
Funnily enough, Steve’s pig, Bikini, is best friends with the largest of his canines: the Irish wolfhound, Enoch. In the same household, his chicken, Oprah, can be found riding a dog named Roomba.
Steve says he is able to keep up with the many animals because they have adopted a “low energy” temperament in their old age.
“They’re just wiser animals,” he explained. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age.”
The furry critters aren’t the only ones benefiting from the relationship. The Denver native explains the animals bring him joy everyday.
Steve says, “To become a better human you need to put other people’s needs in front of yours and that happens when you rescue a senior dog, or a dog with disabilities.”
“They just makes it feel like home,” Steve states. “It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
See the clip below to meet all the animals.