Eugene Bostick officially retired 15 years ago, but this has not stopped him from getting up each day with purpose. Not long after his retirement he began what would be today known as the the dog train. His new position? Train conductor for stray dogs.
The 80-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, resident never planned on spending his retirement helping stray dogs. He insists it is his duty to help combat the heartlessness of others.
We live down on a dead-end street, where me and my brother have a horse barn, People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. 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.
Over the years, Bostick has rescued countless homeless dogs. But to him its not just about saving them its also about keeping them feeling happy and secure.
Bostick’s farm provides plenty of space to run and play. He thought it would be allot more fun to take the dogs on little trips and help socialize them in the process.
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.
And the rest os history.
Bostick goes out on his little adventures once or twice a week and can be seen traveling down the quiet streets around town or through the forest near the farm. The dogs especially love the local creek.
Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited, They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.
The train has become a local tourist attraction of sorts. Its not uncommon for even locals to stop and ask for a picture with the train. For Bostick the reward is all the joy and happiness he is bringing to these once homeless animals.
I’m getting up in age. I’m 80 now, so I suppose it can’t last too much longer, but I’ll keep it going as long as I can,” said Bostick. “The dogs have a great time. They just really enjoy it.