Eugene Bostwick may have retired 15 years ago, but recently he's taken up a new job as a train conductor. Although, instead of shuffling busy people passengers back and forth, Bostwick gives leisurely train rides to all the rescued dogs that have shown up at his home over the years.
Bostwick never meant to spend his golden years being a train conductor, or to have quite so many dogs in his care. However, when dogs started showing up on his property outside Fort Worth, Texas, he had a choice to make. Bostwick has made his home in a rural area on the end of a dead-end street where he lives with his brother. Like all residents of a rural community outside big cities, they occasionally run into abandoned dogs. Pet owners from the city come out to rural communities to dump their dogs. These abandoned dogs turn feral, starve, get run over by cars, get picked up by animal control or, in the best cases, find new homes.
As the dogs turned up, Eugene and his brother took them in, fed them, and got them spayed or neutered at the vet.
“We made a place for them to live,” he told the local NBC news station.
While the dogs have plenty of room to roam on Bostwick's 13-acre property, he saw a many pulling a cart of rocks with his tractor one day, and it gave him idea. That was all it took, the "dog train" was born.
“I started out with my tractor. I had a little trailer and I put four or five dogs in there and took them riding. Then more dogs started to show up and I said, ‘Uh-oh! That’s not enough room," stated Bostwick.
To create more seats in the dog train, Bostwick cut holes in eight plastic barrels, attached wheels to them and tied them together. Each “train car” is the perfect size for one of his numerous dogs. Now Bostwick spends his time, much to the delight of local golfers, taking his dogs on twice-weekly rides through the Sycamore Golf Course behind his property.