Months after Steve Greig’s beloved dog (and best bud) had passed, the pain of losing his furry friend was still heart-wrenching. But that didn’t stop him from doing something truly remarkable.
Steve decided that the pain of losing his dog shouldn’t stop him from giving another dog a good life. That sounds pretty normal, right? A guy loses a dog- a guy gets another dog- life goes on.
But Steve didn’t adopt just any dog…and he didn’t adopt just one. One day he woke up and decided to head to his local shelter in Denver, Colorado. Once there, here asked for the “least adoptable” senior dog, since these are the ones too often overlooked, and end up living a solitary and sad existence…or are put to sleep.
Steve currently is playing the role of super-dad to his 10 elder shelter dogs, and his Instagram (with over 478k followers) is overloaded with cuteness.
Every morning, Steve wakes up at 5.a.m to make breakfast for his big family. The majority of the dogs have different diets, so you can imagine the time it takes just to do this one simple task. The remainder of his schedule is filled with walks in the park, vet appointments…and lots of love and cuddles. “Whenever I sit or lie down at a dog-friendly level, there are always at least three or four of [dogs] attached,” Steve writes on Instagram.
“They’re just wiser animals,” Steve told The Dodo. “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. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
Among the adorable elderly dogs, is a pig named Bikini, as well as two ducks, pigeons, cats and a few chickens. Steve doesn’t have any more room for pets right now, but he is planning on adopting more senior dogs in the future. Because after all, love sees no age.