A pet is a companion for life. It makes sense, then, to seek out an animal that will be around for a long time. The individual gets the maximum amount of companionship from the pet.
Steve Greig, though, seeks just the opposite. This Colorado accountant has made adopting the "least adoptable" dogs his mission in life.
Greig grew up in an animal loving family with parents that allowed him to have any pet he wanted as long as he took care of the animal.
Once Greig was out of the house and had his own place, he had three or four dogs at a time as pets. His perspective on the types of dogs he adopted changed when one of these dogs died.
"I was just so distraught about [that death]," Greig 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. 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."
Since then, his menagerie of dogs has grown to 10 total, although only eight belong to him. A pig named Bikini, two chickens, and a rabbit also call Greig's place home.
Having 10 dogs means Greig's day starts early. The Dodo reports that Greig is up at 5 a.m. to make breakfast for the dogs and administer medication. Being senior dogs, many of them have specialized diets, so making breakfast is not just a matter of pouring food out of a bag. He has to specially prepare the meals for those with individual needs.
Greig took to sharing the joy of his animals with the world on Instagram. His following inspired him to write "The One and Only Wolfgang." The story shares how all of the animals, from the chickens to the rabbit, are Greig's family, each having their own special place.
Are the rewards worth all the effort? Greig certainly seems to think so. He told The Dodo, "Like right now, I'm outside on my patio and it's a beautiful day. Bikini's laying in the yard, and the dogs are all laying around the yard. They just make it feel like home."
Although walking 10 dogs and a pig might be a chore, Greig gladly welcomes the challenge because the rewards far outweigh any hardship. As Greig says, "It's just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile."