"We made a place for them to live."
If you're ever wondering how you're going to spend your retirement, take some pointers from Eugene Bostick. This 80-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas is turning heads as he parades through the town on his self-built puppy train... yes, you heard us right, a PUPPY TRAIN!
His retirement began officially over 15 years ago, however, he wasn't sure at that time what his purpose was going to be. Today, he is a train conductor for rescue pups.
When asked about his decision by The Dodo, Bostick said, "We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn. People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live."
While these pups may have a great amount of space to frolic and play, Bostick came up with an even more creative way to keep them happy. He wanted to come up with some form of dog transportation that would allow him to take the rescue dogs different places with him. He told The Dodo "One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, 'Dang, that would do for a dog train. I am pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them an dput wheels under them and tied them together."
"Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited. They all come running and jump in on their own," he told The Dodo, "They're ready to go."
Bostick and his canine train are attracting the attention of others nationwide. Fans are asking to take pictures of his train and then they are sharing it to Facebook where thousands of other dog lovers are getting inspired themselves!
Even though he is 80-years-old, Bostick says he plans to keep it going as long as he can. "The dogs have a great time," he said, "They just really enjoy it."
Currently, Bostick cares for 9 rescue dogs and can be seen scooting the streets of Fort Worth with his new best friends.