Bostick drives eight dogs around the neighbourhood
on his homemade train Thursday morning Sept. 24,
2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. Bostick drives the dogs
around the 12 acre property about 2-3 times a
WORTH, Tex. — Doggone it, Wally loves his ride.
do Buddy, Daisy, Jack, Mickey, Ms. Nell, Chubby, Bonnie
and Clyde, all former stray dogs who belong to
80-year-old Eugene Bostick of Fort Worth.
ride, which Bostick built himself, has made the retired
Union Pacific railroad employee and his pups viral
superstars. After a video appeared on BuzzFeed recently,
Bostick and his dog train have attracted thousands of
views and calls from all over the country.
got a call from New York one morning telling us the
video had gone viral," Patricia Bostick, Eugene
Bostick’s wife. "The phone hasn’t stopped
for a dog train built with 55-gallon fiberglass barrels.
a week, with the help of his 87-year-old brother, Walter
"Corky" Bostick, Eugene Bostick cranks up his
John Deere riding mower, uncovers the cars on the train
and takes his nine pups on an hour-long ride.
they just love it," Corky Bostick said. "Every
time he takes the covers off, they start jumping and
barking, ready for the ride."
dogs seem to have a great time, barking and looking
around as if they’re taking in the scenery.
Bostick has had the train for about 15 years, since an
idea hit him when he was out deer hunting with a friend.
(the friend) had one of those barrels and used it to
haul rocks," Bostick said. "I had been using a
trailer hooked up to my riding mower to take the dogs
for a ride. I thought I could make cars for the dogs,
put wheels on them and drive them around."
Bosticks have plenty of room for the train tour on their
11 acres just north of the Sycamore Creek municipal golf
course southeast of downtown Fort Worth.
Bosticks collected the dogs over the years as strays
were abandoned around the property, which is on dead-end
streets, or elsewhere. One stray is named Wally because
he was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
dogs stay in the house, two are allowed in the yard, and
five stay in a horse barn.
dog train is stationed near Eugene Bostick’s home.
Each car is furnished with pillows, and there is
Buddy sits right behind Eugene Bostick, while rowdy
Bonnie and Clyde ride in the last two cars. Jack and
Mickey go together in Car 3. (Mickey was under the
weather the day a reporter visited, so he didn’t make
in Car 4, has the loudest bark.
Bostick hooks a wooden ramp to the cars to help some of
the older dogs get in.
and Clyde, sister and brother, have been known to jump
out, so he uses leashes to keep them in the cars.
rest have always stayed in their cars for the entire
ride," he said.
dogs are not the only recipients of the Bosticks’
kindness. Every day the brothers feed and water goats,
rabbits, geese, ducks, fish, cats, squirrels, raccoons
and coyotes. They leave out food for more than 30
animals, depending on the season.
dog train is a passion for Eugene Bostick, who is out
with the dogs every week, even if there’s a little
snow on the ground. But he doesn’t go out in
I’m in good health," Eugene Bostick said.
"So I guess I’ll be driving them around for as
long as I can."