(SENIOR DOGS/PET ADOPTION) There’s no easy way to recover from the loss of a beloved pet. Steve Greig, however, has found a way to devote his life to the animals who need his love the most. Greig begins each day with 10 shelter dogs by his side, and he can’t imagine anything more fulfilling.

Greig is the proud father of ten elderly shelter dogs. Photo credit: Bored Panda
Greig is the proud father of 10 elderly shelter dogs. Photo credit: Bored Panda

After the passing of his furry, four-legged companion, Greig felt heartbroken. He wondered how he could turn this loss into a more meaningful experience, and so he ventured to his local animal shelter in Denver, Colorado.

“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,” said Greig.

Senior dogs are less likely to be adopted from animal shelters. Photo credit: Bored Panda
Senior dogs are less likely to be adopted from animal shelters. Photo credit: Bored Panda

Greig’s mission is to adopt the “least adoptable” senior dog, since these dogs have more trouble finding forever homes.

After adopting a 12-year-old Chihuahua with a heart murmur and four bad knees, Greig knew that he would spend his days giving back to the animals that always gave him so much.

Adopting a pet is a heartwarming and fulfilling experience. Photo credit: Bored Panda
Adopting a pet is a heartwarming and fulfilling experience. Photo credit: Bored Panda

On a typical day, Greig wakes up at five in the morning to feed each of his ten furry friends, and since his dogs are older, most of them require specialized diets.

Not only does Greig take all of his dogs to the vet and to get groomed, but he also administers medication to the ones suffering from health problems. During his lunch breaks at work, Greig even travels home to give his pets extra love and treats.

“Senior dogs are just wiser animals. It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile,” said Greig.

Greig finds it easier to develop a relationship with a senior dog. Photo credit: Bored Panda
Greig finds it easier to develop a relationship with a senior dog. Photo credit: Bored Panda

Greig’s love for animals does not end with dogs. He is also the father to a pig named Bikini, two ducks, pigeons, cats, and a few chickens.

With nearly 480,000 followers on his Instagram account, Greig has inspired thousands to provide helpless dogs with loving homes. For Greig, age is but a number.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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