After one of Steve Greig’s dogs died, he felt a little lost. And understandably so; there is a deep bond formed between a dog (or any pet really) and their person. So when the accountant from Colorado lost his buddy, he decided to “handle his grief a bit differently.”1


He told The Dodo,

“I was just so distraught about (that death). 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.

I grew up with a lot of pets. Both my parents were animal lovers and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it. So (I adopted) a 12-year-old Chihuahua (named Eeyore) with a heart murmur and four bad knees, and I brought him home, and that was just the beginning of all the animals.”1

That’s right. Greig went to animal shelters and asked for the dogs that no one wanted.


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Don’t worry, they’ll be fine, Englebert is driving. Feeding the horses at @andersenfarms #atv4aarp

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When he was done, he had adopted “eight senior dogs that no one else wanted, as well as his sister’s dog, and a roommate’s pooch.”1 And although it’s a lot of work, he loves it,

“A normal day for me is getting up at 5 am in the morning and making breakfast for all of them, which, you know, there are 10 (dogs), and most of them have different diets.”1

But besides mealtimes, Greig also cares for all their health problems. But again, it’s a joy for him to do.


However, lest you think it’s just the dogs he cares for…check out the pics below from Greig’s Instagram account:

That’s right, he’s also got a pig named Bikini who thinks she’s a dog, as well as cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, a rabbit, and a pond full of fish!


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In memory… I knew the time would be coming sooner rather than later as Oprah was not a young chicken. She’s lived with me for over 8 years and I have no idea how old she was at the time I adopted her but she was already an adult. I try not to dwell on the unpleasant so I focused on enjoying her special personality, whether she was on the couch watching movies, or walking around the house as if she were one of the dogs, or putting up with my ridiculous request to ride the Roomba and recently the electric kid’s car with Edna and Engelbert. Little by little she claimed her place in this house and I considered her as much a part of it as anyone else. Sadly, last week it became evident that her time with me was quickly coming to an end. She went from wanting to stay inside only at night, to staying inside both night and day, limiting her movement. I hand-fed her favorite treats until finally she wouldn’t even take those anymore, so I just held her and tried to let her know it would be okay, and I swear she understood. I will miss that chicken more than I would have ever thought possible. I buried her in the garden so she will always be a part of this house where she belongs. 💔 #thechickenthatstolemyheart

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Speaking about the senior animals, Greig said,  “They’re just wiser animals. You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are.”1

Thank you, Steve, for all you’ve done for these animals. Remember people, adopt- don’t shop!

I figured we could all use a bit of good news. Have a lovely weekend!

XO~ Erin


  1. The Epoch Times