Not only have 80-year-old Eugene Bostick and his 87-year-old brother Corky rescued every dog who’s been dumped on their dead-end street in Fort Worth, Texas, but Eugene hand-built a train for his nine former strays and takes them on a 90-minute ride around town twice every week.
Photos and a video of the dog train in action are going viral.
“I started out with my tractor. I had a little trailer and I put four or five dogs in there and took them riding,” Eugene told NBC DFW last year. “Then more dogs started to show up and I said, ‘Uh-oh! That’s not enough room!’”
He got the inspiration for the train after he saw a tractor with carts attached to carry rocks.
“I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train,’” Eugene told The Dodo this week. “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.”
The passengers “bark a lot. Then they get tired and just stop and look around,” Eugene told NBC DFW.
The Bostick brothers have lived on their 13-acre property for more than 70 years.
“People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve,” Eugene told The Dodo. “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.”
Corky told NBC DFW he’s been feeding the wildlife for over 30 years, “and I’m going to live another 30. My wife said if I didn’t get up and do this, I’d be dead. And I really would.”
As for Eugene, he said he’ll be driving the dog train for as long as he can.
Here’s hoping these amazing brothers really do live at least another 30 years.
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