Steve Graig was going through a difficult time after losing his beloved dog when he decided he should give another rescue a good life.
But he didn’t just want any dog, instead, he went and found the ‘least adoptable’ senior dog he could find and took them home.
These are the dogs that are often overlooked, but not by Steve. Now he is a happy father to ten elder shelter rescue dogs.
You see, months after Steve’s beloved dog passed away, he was still crushed:
“A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it. 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.”
“So [I adopted] a 12-year-old Chihuahua with a heart murmur and four bad knees. And that was just the beginning of all the animals.”
Steve wakes up at 5.A.M. every morning to get a head start on breakfast for his large family of elder dogs, as a lot of them have different diets, this can take a while.
The rest of his day is then filled with walks, visits to the vets, and general love and affection to and from the pups.
On Steves Instagram page which has over 1 million followers, he wrote “Whenever I sit or lie down at a dog-friendly level, there are always at least three or four of [dogs] attached.”
Speaking to The Dodo, Steve said: “They’re just wiser animals. You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These older 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 adorable animals are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
Steve is a self-confessed animal lover, and this isn’t exclusive to dogs, he also is a happy human father to a pig named Bikini, two ducks, cats, pigeons, and even some chickens.
Now he is completely full up for pets and has no room, but does plan to adopt more senior dogs as soon as he is able to in the future.
“I grew up with a lot of pets. Both my parents were animal lovers. They pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it.”
“[Senior dogs] are just wiser animals. They just make it feel like home. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”