Steve Greigs, an accountant in Colorado, has made it his life’s mission to adopt the unadoptable. Greigs has ten senior dogs, a potbelly pig named Bikini, a couple of cats, two ducks, a rabbit and a chicken named Oprah. Oh, and Jim the Pigeon.
Okay, this picture might be a slight exaggeration, but I swear it seems like this is what I have to make my way through every time I run up the stairs to get something or to go to the bathroom; loving obstacles at every step. Waylon is the best at this. He has a keen sense for knowing exactly which direction your next step will be and he strongly feels the need to get there first, just to check it out. (I have a handyman that like to say Waylon was named very appropriately because he's always in the Way…lon). I'm not complaining. I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. I mean, it sharpens my agility skills and keeps my mind alert and at some point I'm sure all of that will come in handy. 😀 And no, Bikini wouldn't pose for this picture. Her window of cooperation has a very small opening and it doesn't include group poses on the stairway. #gettingoutofthewaylon
Steve’s doggy family had their fifteen minutes of fame when Human’s of New York posted a photo of Engelbert along with his adoption story. Greigs has made a habit of adopting the underdog.
“I actually went to the shelter to get another dog, but he’d already been adopted. So I decided to do a lap around the facility before I left, and I saw Engelbert. He had about ten pages of physical problems. His back legs didn’t work. His old owners kept him outside, so his ears were completely frostbitten. And he only had three teeth. So I thought if I didn’t get him, nobody else would.” (Engelbert is one ninth of one of my favorite Instagram accounts. He lives with seven other rescues, and a pig: @wolfgang2242)
The dog pack has done sponsored posts for Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Dish dog food, Purina and Petfinder, the app he used to find Bikini, his pot belly pig rescue. We hope Greigs earned some perks from the dog food companies since he has a dozen mouths under his roof.
Bikini the pig was found at a “local chicken swap” in the back of a pickup truck; as a princess pig with a Real Housewives attitude, she was painfully out of place. Bikini now cruises around in her dad’s Escalade and doesn’t do a damn thing she doesn’t want to, which includes walking.
I bought Bikini a custom made, fleece lined, puffy jacket. Sure it sounds snooty that Bikini won't buy "off the rack" but it turns out not having a neck necessitates very specific dimensions for your clothing if you don't want them to slide right off. I got it fleece lined and insulated to make sure she stays warm because if she's cold, Bikini won't got out and play. And when Bikini doesn't go out and play she gets bored. And when Bikini gets bored, we all suffer. Her favorite inside game is to "gently" bite the dogs on the butt when they aren't looking. Not hard enough to break the skin but hard enough to cause a yelp and a jump and a slight neurosis as they constantly look over their shoulders. She enjoys this game immensely, they do not. Or she unties my shoes…..while I'm still wearing them. Or she goes through all the cupboards, or spills her water bowl on purpose, or turns over the recycling bin. I don't want to throw out any unnecessary labels, so let's just say she can be "difficult". Therefore, to battle Bikini's boredom during the winter months, I sprung for an expensive, custom made, pig jacket. Now let's just hope she still fits through the doggy door while she's wearing it. #idlehoovesarethedevilsworkshop
She has her own compartment in the “Senior Wagon” so she won’t accidentally crush one of the smaller dogs.
I added some improvements to the senior wagon. I had a separate compartment added so Bikini can't accidentally back up too far and sit on one of the dogs. I also added a canopy so the dogs don't get too hot in the afternoon sun. I'm glad the canopy is bright red, because, you know, I don't draw enough attention with just nine dogs and a pig in a wagon going down the street. #whyamisingle
She’s got everything a diva needs including a super handsome, laid back boyfriend – Enoch, the ten-foot-tall Irish Wolfhound.
We’re not totally sure Stuart knows he’s a rabbit. His best friend is a pigeon and his roommates are the gender bending roosters, Laverne and Shirley.
Greigs has an army of miniature senior dogs ready to help out underfoot with matters of household chores and security. His Instagram feed has some pure gold photoshoots of tiny, canine elders posing in ludicrous settings.
Good news for those out there wanting a distinguished mutt, some of his pups are fosters and up for adoption.