Eclipse the black Labrador is so eager to get to the dog park that she often catches the bus, on her own. If her owner takes too long finishing up his cigarette when the bus is waiting, the canine just hops aboard and rides to her destination.
The dog’s self reliance delights her fellow Seattle bus passengers. One of them, radio host Miles Montgomery, was so astonished to see Eclipse get off the bus at the dog park alone last week, that he looked into the story. He told Komo News:
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?”
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.
Mr. Young, the dog’s owner, said that if Eclipse gets on the bus without him, he catches up with her later at the dog park which is three or four strops away. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Eclipse, middle, rides the bus from her Seattle home to a dog park nearby if her owner Jeff Young takes too long to finish his cigarette and board with her.
2. Eclipse catches the bus outside her home near Mercer street and rides the bus to Kinnear Park.
Mr. Young said:
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. She’s been here the last two years, so she’s been urbanized, totally. She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog.
Probably once a week I get a phone call. “Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell.” I have to tell them, “No. She’s fine.” She knows what she’s doing.
Fellow bus riders report that Eclipse hops onto seats next to strangers and watches out of the window, patiently waiting for her stop. Commuter Tiona Rainwater said:
All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does. She makes everybody happy.
Mr. Young added:
It makes their (other commuters) day. ‘It’s a good part of their day and it works out for her so I just let it go.
A Seattle Metro Transit spokesman said his agency loves that a Eclipse appreciates public transit.
3. Eclipse watches out the window intently to ensure she doesn’t miss her dog park stop.
And here is the video:
Source: Komo News.
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