80-year-old Eugene Bostick lives with his family on 3 acres of land in East Fort Worth, Texas. His house is in a cul-de-sac with a stable for the horses, Bostick says. From the moment he can remember, people have been dumping dogs at the barn. They can’t take care of the dogs, so they leave them there.
Adoption of Dogs
Bostick and his family have taken in and taken care of an innumerable number of dogs. From the moment they were retired, the family have taken care of the dogs on their estate. Every day they feed the dogs, take care of them and take them to the vet. Bostick has even built a dog train to take the dogs on adventures. If that’s not the best job a person can have when they retire, then we don’t know what is!
The Dog Train
Bostick is a vibrant and energetic man, even now he’s 80 years old. Despite being so fit, it became difficult to care for and transport all the animals, as there are so many of them. He came up with the idea of a train when he saw a man driving a tractor. The man had several carts behind his tractor, containing stones to make them easier to transport.
The tractor inspired him to use the same concept for the dog train. He therefore used plastic barrels, which he cut open. He chose the plastic barrels because they are light, easy to clean and also easy to cut open to size. He then put wheels under them and tied them together. Since he was an experienced welder, it was not difficult to actually implement this idea. The carts on which the barrels are mounted are all welded together, so all dogs have their own cart.
The dogs like to ride the dog train. When they step on the train for the first time each day, they are still very enthusiastic. Because of this, they bark a lot in the beginning. After some time, however, they become calmer and look around a lot during the ride. An average ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. These rides often go along the Sycamore Golf Course, which is located just behind the Bostick estate.
As we can expect, a lot of pictures are taken when people see the dog train passing by. Even the golfers don’t mind taking a break to watch the dog train. They take a lot of pictures as well. It is also very difficult to resist when you see all these happy dogs on the dog train.
Bostick had never expected that he would become the driver of a dog train. Nevertheless, he gets much satisfaction out of it. That is also the most important reason why he built the dog train and why he still rides it. Besides riding the dog train, the dogs have enough pleasure during the day; because the large land consists of 3 hectares, the dogs have more than enough space to run around freely and happily.