In Seattle, one smart dog has become so independent she doesn’t need her humans to go to the dog park. A black Labrador rides the bus by herself!
Commuters report seeing the dog riding the bus alone in the recent weeks. The pooch has been seen walking in the aisles, then hopping onto seats next to her fellow passengers. She even does her part to clean the bus — by licking them.
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” said commuter Tiona Rainwater. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?”
Local radio host Miles Montgomery of KISW-FM got curious when the dog got off the bus without an owner at a dog park last week.
“It doesn’t really appear to have an owner. The dog gets off at the dog park. I just look out the window and I’m like, ‘did that just happen?'” Montgomery asked. “She was most concerned about seeing out the window, and I couldn’t figure out what that was. It was really just about seeing where her stop was.”
Apparently, the dog’s name is Eclipse and she doesn’t always ride the bus on her own. She goes to the dog park a few times a week, sometimes with her owner.
They live near the bus stop where they usually wait for their ride. Eclipse’s solo adventure happened one day when her owner took too long to finish a cigarette.
“We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” said Jeff Young, the dog’s owner. “It’s not hard to get on. She gets on in front of her house and she gets off at the dog park, three or four stops later.”
According to Young, the tradition has been going on for a while.
“She’s been here the last two years, so she’s been urbanized, totally. She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog,” he said. “Probably once a week I get a phone call. ‘Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell,'” he recounted. “I have to tell them, ‘no. She’s fine.’ She knows what she’s doing.”
One spokesman for Metro Transit said that the agency loves that a dog appreciates public transportation.
“She would be much safer in the world if she had her owner on a leash,” he joked.
“It makes their day,” added Young. “It’s a good part of their day and it works out for her so I just let it go.”
What can you say?
Would you let your Lab be this independent?
Source: KOMO News