Retiree Takes Rescue Pups On “Chew Chew” Rides With Custom-Built Dog Train [Video]
Just call it “the puppy engine that could!” This chew chew (ha, get it!?!) was lovingly made by an 80-year-old retiree as an alternative to walking abandoned dogs in his neighborhood.
For those of us who commute, the term “All Aboard” means packing onto an already full train car and enduring a stop-and-go journey as we head into work or back home. While definitely not the highlight of anyone’s day, it’s quite a different story for a rag tag bunch of Texan rescues. It seems these lucky dogs were abandoned in an area of town where one Eugene Bostick lives in retirement with his brother and quite frankly, life has never been better.
You see, 80-year-old Bostick lives at the end of a dead-end street which had become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs. He and his brother started feeding the starving dogs, which led to eventually letting them in the house and ultimately bringing them to the vet for spaying and neutering. Having taken in strays myself, I can tell you that as soon as you fork over cool hard cash for a vet bill, you’ve adopted yourself a pet!
But how do you keep a mini pack of pooches entertained? This is where the train factors into the picture. Apparently in spite of the fact his rescues have plenty of room to run Bostick thought it would be nice to take them on little trips off property. Clearly trying to walk a lively bunch of nine large dogs was out of the question… so what to do?
Bostick describes his light bulb moment: “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’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together.”
So a couple times each week the Fort Worth native hooks up the cars and takes his canine cargo for a putter along some of the more quiet streets in town, through a nearby forest or to a local creek for a little fresh air and swim time.
“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” said Bostick. “They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
Now that’s a commute I can see getting excited about! And look how happy those dogs are in the video below.
[Source: The Dodo]