Grieving man helps senior dogs care after losing favorite pet? Steve Greig is an animal lover. He grew up having at least three or more canines as his own. He carried this passion for animals into adulthood.
One particular dog became his inspiration for the amazing sacrifice he has been doing for quite some time now.
The accountant from Colorado became so attached to Wolfgang. His best friend of 12 years, that his tragic death became almost unbearable for Steve.
To help him get through the grieving process and give at least a meaning to his favorite pet’s untimely death. Steve vowed to adopt unwanted and overlooked senior dogs. Aging profile of dogs change among breeds but he believes that by doing this, Wolfgang’s memory will always be honored.
It all started with Eeyore, a senior Chihuahua suffering from a heart and joint problems. He went to the local shelter and adopted the most unwanted dog on their premises. He got interested in the senior dogs care. From then on, he has adopted numerous elderly canines who enjoyed their final moments basking in the care and attention that Steve lovingly provides.
Senior Dogs Care Passion Due to Grief
Steve has found that it is very easy to build meaningful relationships with senior dogs. With age and maturity comes wisdom, which these older animals show. While he grieves for the death of each of the old canines he adopted, he says that the heartbreak is all worth it.
Since he grew up having a variety of animal pets, Steve decided to rescue other smaller pets, including farm animals. He has opened his home for all animals in need, including turkeys, chickens, ducks, cats, and many more.
Currently, his menagerie is made up of ten adorable senior dogs plus Betty the chicken, Stuart the rabbit, Tofu the turkey, and Bikini, the pig who thinks of herself as a dog.
Steve’s job as an accountant is full-time, but he manages to care for all of his pets’ needs by waking up as early as 5 a.m. He prepares their meals and administers medications then uses his lunchtime to give them some treats and let everyone out for a while.
The weekends are reserved for more time-consuming tasks such as veterinary visits, baths, and grooming. It might sound exhausting but see for yourself how happy and fulfilled Steve is with his pack of misfits.
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A friend of mine recently sent me this old picture of Wolfgang and me. He was the dog this account was named after and the reason I started adopting senior dogs. For over 12 years we were inseparable (this picture was taken at a friend's wedding and it certainly wasn't the only wedding he attended). He went with me when I visited friends, he went with me on vacations, he hiked with me, I rode horses with him, I paddle boarded with him in the ocean, I kayaked with him in the Colorado rivers, I even have a picture of him touring the Vanderbilts mansion with me in the Breakers (they let him ride in my backpack). Wolfgang had this thing about birthday cake. Somehow, he always managed to get into it whether it be my cake, or we were guests at someone else's party. One time several friends and I were staying at a fancy hotel out of town for my birthday. When we went out to eat, we hid the cake way up high in a closet, leaving Wolfgang alone in the room. Several hours later when we returned, the box the cake was in had small dog prints all over it and the cake had a bite out of the center. Wolfgang was lying on the bed smiling. To this day I can't come up with a conceivable way for him to have accomplished that. When he was killed by a car it was one of the single most devastating things in my life. To give his death meaning I started adopting senior dogs on death row, the dogs that were getting overlooked but still had so much life yet to give. I know he lives on through each one of them. Today's my birthday. I'll be carving out a small piece of cake, just for him. He'll find a way to get it.
Credits to Steve