Meet The Guy Whose Life’s Mission is Adopting Homeless Senior Dogs

The loss of a beloved dog in 2011 shook animal lover Steve Greig to the core. How he chose to deal with his grief ended up in the best way possible. It says a lot about who he is.

“I was just so distraught about [my dog's death],” Greig told The Dodo. “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.”

Greig set out to adopt the most unadoptable dog he could find in his hometown of Denver, Colo. He wanted to give a good life to a dog nobody wanted. He found his new friend in little Eeyore.

“So [I adopted] a 12-year-old Chihuahua with a heart murmur and four bad knees and I brought him home and that was just the beginning of all the animals,” Greig told The Dodo.

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Yes, we need to discuss all those animals. You see, Greig didn’t stop with Eeyore. One by one, he brought other dogs “with issues” into his home. Now there are nine of them in the family. Better still, he didn’t stop with saving dogs.

Greig has now given a safe forever home to a pig named Bikini, two ducks, two chickens, pigeons, two cats, a rabbit named Stuart, and a pond full of koi. He got Bikini and the chickens at a farm animal swap. The rabbit showed up in his yard one day, apparently abandoned there by someone who knew Greig took in animals.

Somehow, these animals needed him and he found them. Greig saved their lives and in return, they’ve changed his for the better.

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“When I was younger I never realized you could form a measurable connection with a rabbit, chickens, a pigeon, a pig,” Greig said on his Instagram account. “But as I got older, I took the time, I allowed those things to happen. My life is better now.”

All these animals require a lot of care, so Greig, an accountant, gets up mighty early to take care of everyone. Because they’re seniors, the dogs are on a variety of diets and medications. Greig is up with the birds at 5 a.m. to be sure he’s got enough time to feed and medicate all his charges.

If you’d like to keep up with Steve Greig and his menagerie of animal friends, just follow him on Instagram. More than 489,000 people already do and it’s well worth your time.

Of course, since he’s adopted older dogs, eventually nature takes its course and Greig loses another friend. He’s found the love he gets from his Instagram followers helps him get through it.

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Eeyore, the Chihuahua who started it all, is the little fellow right in the middle.

In one such case he said, “I wanted to thank you for the outpouring of kind thoughts, wishes and prayers regarding Tabasco. Every comment, and I read every one, brought comfort. There are a lot of beautiful people out there.”

The next time you’re looking to bring a new animal friend into your home, consider doing what Steve Greig did. So many loving, loyal senior dogs and cats sit unwanted in animal shelters, simply because they’re not youngsters anymore. Yes, they’re graying, they move slower than they used to, and they may have some medical issues. None of that will diminish the affection they would show you if you gave them a chance to live out their golden years with you.

Hats off to a good man who chose to do something kind in remembrance of his lost canine buddy. A gaggle of wonderful homeless animals might not be alive today if it weren’t for Steve Greig.

Photo credit (all images): Steve Greig Instagram account

529 comments

william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

thanks

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william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

thanks

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BJ J.
BJ Jabout a year ago

Wow, what a great thing to do & what a great man.

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Christine J.
Christine J1 years ago

To paraphrase from that song "What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!". I'm amazed that his couch and floor aren't covered in pet hair; mine are, and I'm forever fighting a losing battle against it. On a more serious note, I totally relate to his idea of bringing something good out of bad. My darling senior dog was killed in a brutal and unprovoked dog attack and I was injured trying to protect him. When I had recovered (physically) I fostered a 10 year old shelter dog with terminal cancer and gave him love and care for the short time he had left. I am still heartbroken, but looking after dear old Ernie really helped bring some meaning back to life. RIP both my dear boys.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jane R.
Jane R1 years ago

He's truly an angel. Makes you wonder why so many people are cruel and dump their pets, either at a shelter or by the side of the road, the poor animal suffers. They can't understand how you could leave them behind and they really do miss you. So sad!

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Nila Perez
Nila Perez1 years ago

To Gmd G: Well said! I have been a long-time supporter of only adopting senior or older animals. Yes, they will be with you a shorter time than a young animal would be, but the quality of the time is just as important as the amount of time spent together and I know for a fact that older animals are beyond grateful for whatever care and affection you can give them in their end days. Other advantages to adopting older animals include getting ones that are already housebroken, obedience trained (not always, but often) and they tend to be quieter and less rambunctious than a puppy or kitten would be. Yes, babies are a lot of fun, but also require WAY MORE work than many people are able to give in today's high-pressured lifestyle and longer working hours. An older animal is content to lay quietly by your side just cuddling, which is absolutely wonderful when you've come home after a very long and hard day. I hope more people take a cue from Mr. Greig and follow his example.

Peace

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

He's a wonderful, caring man.

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CLAUDE Hennie
CLAUDE Hennie1 years ago

He's so courageous ! It's so difficult to see our so-loved ones getting old and dying.
May he be blessed by all animals lovers.

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Silvija Krasevska

For true hope Steve Greig, good health, love! Thank you.

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