When Steve Greig dog took the rainbow bridge to the other side, he had a big empty place in his heart so he would visit the Denver Shelter. His heart went out to the “least adoptable senior dog” that was there. Now Steve has an addition, over senior dogs that one one else desired! See his menagerie!
“I grew up with a lot of pets,” Steve told The Dodo. “Both my parents were animal lovers and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it.”
Steve has always had several dogs, but when he lost one of his dogs it really hit him very hard.
“I was just so distraught about [that death],” 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.”
He went to the shelter and adopted the dog that was the least desirable and most likely not to be adopted before it would die.
He adopted a 12-year-old Chihuahua named Eeyore with a heart murmur and four bad knees. And this was the beginning of his “addition.”
At 5 am every day Steve prepares breakfast for all the dogs. They all have their own special diets and some of them take medication, so they each have unique needs. On the weekends, they are busy with grooming and vet appointments.
Despite it being like a canine convalescent home, life is never boring in this house. In addition to the dogs, over the years he has had cats, ducks, pigeons, chickens, a rabbit, a pig, and a pond full of koi. The pig, Bikini, is best friends with Irish wolfhound, Enoch. And his chicken, Oprah, loves to ride the Roomba around the house.
Now Steve added a rabbit to the family. “I found him in my front yard one morning and I put him in the chicken coop because I wasn’t sure what to do with him.”
My bunny Stuart,is fearless and gets along with everyone. Which is easy for the dogs are old and spend most of the day just relaxing and napping throughout the day!
“They’re just wiser animals,” Steve explained. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are.”
Steve enjoys the change from having a puppy. The seniors are all low-energy, and make like very chill and rewarding.
“Like right now, I’m outside on my patio and it’s a beautiful day. Bikini’s laying in the yard and the dogs are all laying around the yard. They just makes it feel like home. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
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