This Guy Just Can’t Stop Saving Animals, And The Photos Are Pure Joy.
Steve Greig is an ordinary guy: He lives in Denver, works as an accountant, and is liked by most people that meet him. However, Greig is also something extraordinary: An extraordinary pet owner, that is.
Currently, he has 10 dogs (mostly seniors), a pig named Bikini, two chickens, two ducks, two pigeons, a couple of cats a rabbit and a pond full of koi.
Before you sound the hoarder-alarm, know this: Greig loves animals, but his main concern is helping animals from all walks of life that would never otherwise be adopted or cared for.
"I grew up with a lot of pets," Greig said in an interview. "Both my parents were animal lovers and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it."
Most of these animals were either unwanted, abandoned and/or overlooked in shelters. Now, not only are they loved and appreciated by many, but someone has secretly painted each one of their portraits and sent them to me in the mail. James Woods is the gifted artist and he is part of the amazing group from @chewy . They surprised me with eleven incredible paintings on canvas, one for each of the nine dogs, and one for Bikini, and one for Stuart the rabbit. A lot of time, love and talent went into these paintings. It felt like Christmas when I was unwrapping them. I'm so grateful for these. I'm also grateful for the reminder that the best gifts are unsolicited, personal and carry no expectations. I need to give more gifts like that myself. #theARTofgiving
Greig has always had multiple pets around, but the death of a particular pet started him thinking: What if he could provide care for animals who would otherwise remain unloved, especially those senior dogs who are hard to get adopted?
Bikini the pig seems pretty chill about all of it, too.
I had the dogs sit here for this picture but it's a pretty realistic view of what going up and down the stairs in this house can feel like. #stairTRIPS (dog sitting on a holiday weekend so there's an extra one or two in the mix). Poncho, Enoch, Josh, Phyllis, Edna, Loretta, Englebert, Madelyn, Eeyore and Hercules.
He went down to the shelter with one goal: To find the "least adoptable" dog and give him a home.
"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," Greig said.
And since then, life has never been the same.
You're looking at a collective age of 99 years among all these guys. They are all healthy, happy and full of life. I try very hard not to take that for granted. Bikini 4 yrs, Enoch 5 yrs, Eeyore 13 yrs, Loretta 12 yrs, Englebert 8 yrs, Edna 12 yrs, Hercules 17 yrs, Madeline 17 yrs, and Phyllis 11 yrs. #99yearsandapupain't1