In a world of designer dogs and extreme breeding, owning a pet is often a fashion statement that brings in big bucks at the expense of the animals.
Yet one man is single-handedly bucking the trend by welcoming the pooches that no one wants into his home.
Ignoring aesthetics and Instagram leanings towards cute, fluffy or ultra-groomed pups, Steve focuses on those in need of love and animals he believes have more wisdom due to their age.
The Pied Piper of fur-babies has gone on to adopt 10 unwanted dogs, even opening his doors to a chicken named Betty, a pig named Bikini, and Tofu the turkey too.
It all began when Steve’s dog Wolfgang was killed in a car accident, leaving him inconsolable with grief. This prompted a visit to a rescue centre to potentially find a new companion.
When he arrived, Steve instinctively asked for the dog that no one wanted and before he knew it, Eeyore – a 12-year-old Chihuahua with four bad knees and a heart murmur – was placed into his arms. And the rest, as they say, is history.
After falling in love with Eeyore, Steve realised he wanted to continue on his mission to help those in need and returned to the shelter to ask for another dog that couldn’t find a home.
Speaking about his new role as Papa Pooch, Steve explained he grew up surrounded by animals so is used to the chaos that animals can bring.
Steve explained: “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age.
“These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are.”
While Wolfgang is no longer here, Steve has dedicated the name of his Instagram profile to the dog that started this all, and you can follow his antics here: @wolfgang2242.
Reflecting on his former companion, Steve said: “When he was killed by a car it was one of the single most devastating things in my life.
“To give his death meaning I started adopting senior dogs on death row, the dogs that were getting overlooked but still had so much life yet to give. I know he lives on through each one of them.”
What an absolute champ.