Love knows no bounds in this giant multi-species family.
Step into Steve Greig's home in Colorado, and it might take you a minute to realize what makes his family so special. You'll see a tiny, aging Chihuahua snoozing on the couch, and then another ball of fluff on the rug.
Take a closer look, and you'll spot Enoch, the 135-pound Irish Wolfhound laying next to, but not on, a dog bed. On the dog bed, you'll see a four-pound mutt wearing a red sweater.
He'll be staring across the room at a large pig named Bikini. And that's only part of the brood.
There's still a rabbit named Stuart, a chicken named Oprah, and four other dogs.
Together, this eclectic collection of animals makes up Steve's family of "the least adoptable pets."
Steve's family wasn't always this interesting. His parents were also animal lovers, and as a child, he was allowed to have any animal he wanted as long as he could take care of it. That love of all things fluffy followed him into adulthood when he always had a few canines by his side. But when he lost one of his beloved pets, he was overcome with grief.
He told The Dodo,
"I was just so distraught about [that death]. 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 something good happened that probably wouldn't have happened if he had not died."
And the best thing he could think of was giving a home to another needy animal. He went to the shelter looking for the least adoptable pet they had. And he came home with Eeyore, a 12-year-old Chihuahua that had a heart murmur and four bad knees.
Eeyore was the first, and several other homeless animals followed in his paw prints.
Taking these guys out for a Sunday drive. Phyllis and Madelyn are in front with me. When I was a kid my dad loved getting us together on Sundays for a drive in this same old Bronco. We had no particular place to go and in Hobbs, NM there weren't a lot of new things to see each week. But we'd drive around for awhile and then usually end up at the dairy queen where he'd make my mom place the order because he felt stupid saying, "Four Mister Misties please." Today was my parents' anniversary. They're both gone now but I think I'll go find a dairy queen for old times sake. #onemistermistyplease
Out of the 10 dogs currently living with him, one is a friend's, one is his sister's, and eight are all his.
Most of them are senior dogs living with medical conditions, and they all get along with the other inhabitants including the chickens, ducks, pigeons, pig, and the cats that live in the garage.
With this many animals, Steve's life can sometimes be hectic. He starts his day early in the morning by preparing personalized meals for all ten dogs.
He then leaves for work, where he's an accountant. But he's back for lunch to give out treats and cuddles.
They do everything together as a family. Including walks.
And they even go on the occasional field trip.
One more pic from the start of our recent hike. I'm dog sitting Josh (in the middle on the rock) and I have to say at 14 years old his strength is very impressive. It wasn't an easy hike, just a little shy of a 14000 ft peak, and Josh was out in front the whole way. People that think old dogs have no life left in them are tragically mistaken. #gettingoldstayingstrong
When everyone is relaxing at home, the actual size of the herd isn't always obvious. They're all older and low-energy, so their favorite thing to do is nap.
Steve says that if they were all energetic puppies, he wouldn't be able to handle so many furry friends. But he takes care of his herd and is able to provide each animal with the love and care they need to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Follow Steve, Bikini, Eeyore, Phyllis, Enoch, Loretta, Hercules, Englebert, Madeline, Edna, Oprah, Stuart, and the rest of the gang on Instagram.
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