Every week, a retired 80-year-old man drives a tractor through his town in Fort Worth, TX, but look behind the tractor and you’re in for an adorable surprise. Eugene hitched eight blue barrels with the tops carved out to his tractor, and inside each barrel is a rescue dog who’s happily along for the ride.
Eugene and his brother have lived on their 13-acre property since the 1940s. Every morning, the brothers feed the wildlife on their property and tend to their many rescue dogs. Every time a stray ends up on the property, Eugene gives them a home and adds another barrel to the end of his dog train.
The hour-long train ride, which is going viral and delighting readers across the country, has become a simple yet creative way to keep the dogs happy and entertained. Eugene’s route takes them through the Sycamore Golf Course at the back of Eugene’s property. Golfers always get a kick out of watching the train roll by as the dogs bark, sniff, wag their tails, and watch the world around them.
Eugene’s brother, Corkey, hopes to continue the tradition for the rest of his life. “I’m only 86! My wife said if I didn’t get up and do this I’d be dead,” he says. “And I really would.” I hope they continue this tradition for many more years, and that it brings awareness to others that there are many dogs that need good homes.
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