The story of Steve Greig and how he has transformed his grief into something beautiful reminded me of this meme I saw:
I saved this meme when I saw it because I couldn't imagine being able to say it better. Steve, on the other hand, is an example of this kindness in motion.
For months after Steve's dog died, he felt crushed and couldn't imagine replacing his beloved companion. When the sadness still didn't subside, Steve says he, "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."
So Steve went to his local animal shelter in Denver, Colorado looking for the "least adoptable" senior dog and came home with "a 12-year-old Chihuahua with a heart murmur and four bad knees".
Since older dogs, especially ones with health problems, are unlikely to be adopted Steve knew he was making a real difference for animals with little chance of a forever family.
It didn't take long before one elderly rescue snowballed into ten...and Steve's 478k Instagram followers couldn't be happier about it. He does take some adorable pictures...as do his subjects.
Not only does Steve care for his ten new rescue dogs but he has also adopted a pig named Bikini, two ducks, a couple cats, a few chickens and some pigeons.
While Steve is out of room for the moment, he says he plans to adopt more senior dogs in the future.
“They’re just wiser animals,” he told The Dodo. “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.”
For now the blended family enjoys early mornings and lots of love.
Steve gets up at 5 a.m. to feed everyone breakfast (cause, “you know, there’s 10 [dogs] and most of them have different diets”) and administer medications-then he's back on his lunch break for treats, a quick visit, and undoubtedly necessary potty breaks.
Time between photo shoots and vet visits is spent taking walks and playing on the floor.
“Whenever I sit or lie down at a dog-friendly level, there are always at least three or four of [dogs] attached,” Steve posted on Instagram.
But moreover, stories like Steve's encourage us to help those we can, while we can. I'm sure the dog Steve mourned for so long is not only pleased with his decision to adopt, but proud of his legacy as well.
If you're considering adoption, please don't discount elderly animals. Maybe even take a chance on the "least adoptable".Source: Onegreenplanet | Boredpanda | Instagram