The adoption process for animals at shelters is a bit cut throat. People who come in looking for a new addition to their family often want a cute and cuddly dog. Many want puppies that they can train and impact their personalities. Older dogs and those with behavior problems are hard to place in forever homes. But Steve Grieg has an addiction that is a blessing for unloved animals.
He is addicted to adopting senior dogs from animal shelters. Grieg goes around to shelters and asks them for dogs no one wants, and then he takes home the oldest ones they got. And he doesn’t care if he has lots of dogs. Right now he’s sharing his home with ten senior dogs.
Besides his ten older canines, Grieg also has a pig named Bikini. Because of her constant contact with the pooches, she thinks she is a dog. Grieg is an all-around animal lover. He’s also got two chickens, two ducks, several cats, a rabbit, two pigeons, and a pond of colorful koi fish.
Many people are shocked to learn that Grieg, who works as an accountant, has such an unconventional arrangement at home. With so many animals running around, his time outside of work is focused on taking care of these critters. And his collection of senior dogs takes most of his attention.
After one of his dogs died, Grieg decided that he would take in senior dogs and give them a great place to live until their time ended. He knew no one wanted them, so he opened his heart and home to them.
“I was just so distraught about (that death),” Grieg 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.”
Grieg started with one senior dog, but his addiction grew from there.
“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,” he said.
Not only are senior dogs pariahs in animal shelters, Grieg thinks they’re special.
“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.”
Because he has such a large group of senior dogs in his home, it takes a lot of work caring for them. But he thinks it is all worth 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.”
While it might be a lot of work, Grieg loves doing it. And the dogs love him for it.
What do you think about this man’s addiction to adopting senior dogs?