Shelter staff and rescuers cite senior dogs as being some of the most “unadoptable” dogs. There are stigmas associated with them. People often think they have medical or behavior problems — why else would someone have relinquished them?
Then there’s the emotional component — people don’t want to fall in love with a dog who might not live more than a few years.
These stereotypes are exactly why Steve Greig adopted his first senior dog after his own pup passed away. To say that Steve, who lives in Denver, Colorado, was heartbroken after his dog died would be an understatement. He was devastated. He knew the only way to move on was to turn that pain into something positive.
He told the Dodo:
“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.”
When he went to the local shelter, he asked the staff to give him the most unadoptable senior dog they had. That dog was a 12 year old chihuahua named Eeyore. Eeyore had a heart murmur and all of his knees had problems. None of that mattered. Steve loved him and Eeyore loved Steve.
From there, his pack of pups grew, and grew, and then grew some more.
Oh, we forgot to mention that this pack also includes a pig.
There are also ducks, chickens, pigeons, cats, and a rabbit — plus some fish.
But the dogs are the real stars of this family. They have 579K followers on Instagram. One quick glance at their timeline and it’s easy to see why.
The dogs are adorable on their own, but Steve likes to set up impromptu photoshoots that ratchet up the adorableness to astronomical levels.
Seriously, get a load of these doggos!
It’s not all fun and cuteness, however. Steve hopes that his pack’s internet fame encourages more people to adopt senior dogs. Steve has 10 himself and he doesn’t deny that it’s hard work.
He told the Dodo:
“A normal day for me is getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning and making breakfast for all of them.”
Whew, 5 a.m.!? That’s crazy early for a girl like me who can barely move without her first cup of coffee! But for Steve, it’s totally worth it — the long walks with all 10 of the dogs, keeping up with the vet and grooming appointments, even administering meds to some of them — all of it is 100% worth it.
Steve says that the fact that the dogs are seniors makes them a bit easier to care for. Not only are they mostly laid back and just like to chill out, he says that they have a wisdom about them that younger dogs (and lots of people) don’t usually have.
If you’ve been thinking about adopting a dog, check out Steve’s Instagram. It just might convince you to bring a senior pup into your family.
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