Steve Grieg loves animals. He shares his Colorado home with a pack of senior dogs and a pig that he adopted. Steve began adopting dogs when one of his dogs passed away. He wanted to do something positive in memory of his dog. That was just the beginning of his adoption story.
“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,” Steve said.
Steve is a kind man who enjoys taking care of the needs of his animals. He presently has 10 senior dogs, a pig named Bikini, two ducks, pigeons, cats, and some chickens. He plans on adopting more senior dogs someday, but for now, he has no space for more.
Steve Starts His Day At 5 AM
“A normal day for me is getting up at 5 a.m. in the morning and making breakfast for all of them, which, you know, there’s 10 [dogs] and most of them have different diets,” he said.
Steve has an Instagram account with over 800,000 followers. He often posts adorable photos and videos of his animal family. People from all over the world follow Steve’s updates. Steve hopes his page is showing people that senior animals can make great pets. Shelters are often filled with seniors who get euthanized or who never get adopted.
“They’re just wiser animals,” Steve said.
“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. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”
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