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Barking Tales

Who are those furry creatures that we chose to be our companions since aprox. 30,000 years ago? Dogs have been part of many aspects of our lives for such a long time, and still there are so many without a place to call home. Barking Tales is a personal project that intends to raise awareness of our moral commitment with the species that once we decided to domesticate to be with us.

Animals have always been close to my heart. As a pet owner and volunteer at the animal shelter at the biggest no-kill city in the United States (Austin yay!!) for almost two years, I have accumulated a series of personal stories and experiences that I visually communicate here.

Riding the train with nine dogs.

This is Eugene Bostick. He is 80 years old and retired. Like many other retired people, he lives a happy, calm life in the woods of Forth Worth Texas, in the company of his wife and very close to his brother Corky. 

Eugene Bostick in his house in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eugene Bostick in his house in Fort Worth, Texas.

But Eugene's life is very far from being ordinary. For more than ten years, he has dedicated his time to save dogs that have been abandoned is his property, or that he has found as strays. Since the number of dogs has increased though the years and it was hard for him to walk them all, he built a train made of plastic containers that he pulls with his tractor. The result? well, see it with your own eyes.

Eugene Bostick driving his dog train outside of his house in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eugene Bostick driving his dog train outside of his house in Fort Worth, Texas.

After seeing Eugene's story  in the news, my friends and fellow volunteers Margot Buyens and Susan Reda, invited me to visit Eugene and I could not resist. Of course I wanted to go! Any plan that involves meeting n dogs sounds like disneyland to me! plus, Eugene has taken care of all these dogs by himself and donations are always a great relief for him. We brought dog food, beds, and toys for the pups, and then went on a ride!

Each of them has its own wagon and they have a small staircase to board. Eugene starts the engine, and barks and howls do not stop until they finally start moving. I was following the train in a golf cart driven by Eugene's brother, Corky. 
They go through a big golf course, woods, a creek, and small hills. The stroll lasted about one hour and then we took some time to take pictures and share. The images speak more than all words I can write. Just take a look and judge by yourselves.

In Thanksgiving, 2015, Eugene received an award in Hollywood as a recognition for all his service in rescuing dogs.

What Eugene is doing for these dogs is not only saving their lives. He has given them a purpose and is sharing his kindness with them. He has made a family and they all belong to it. THANK YOU Eugene for making a difference in this world starved for good, selfless actions.

Eugene Bostick and Buddy, minutes before starting our train ride.

Eugene Bostick and Buddy, minutes before starting our train ride.

Amalia Diaz