When dogs are abandoned in his neighborhood, 80-year-old Eugene Bostick comes to the rescue. The retiree, who lives in Forth Worth, Texas, not only provides food and shelter for the lost animals, but also entertainment—in the form of a tractor-powered “dog train.”
Bostick explained to The Dodo that he never planned to adopt one dog—let alone nine—but people kept dumping their pets in his neighborhood, and he felt the need to step up.
The inspiration for the “dog train” struck him one day after observing that a neighbor had attached carts to a tractor in order to transport rocks. Bostick instantly thought, “Dang, that would do for a dog train.” So he found a bunch of plastic barrels, cut holes in them, attached wheels, and tied them all together.
Now Bostick takes the dogs on train rides around the neighborhood once or twice a week. The dogs apparently love the train so much, they come running as soon as they hear Bostick puttering around in his tractor.
Before he built the vehicle, it was difficult, if not impossible, for Bostick to take all of the dogs out at once. But now it’s as simple as revving up his tractor and letting whoever's interested hop on board. Bostick told The Dodo he likes to take the dogs on little adventures, like driving through the forest or stopping by a local creek to give the dogs some fresh air.
[h/t: The Dodo]