This bus route in Seattle has gone to the dogs — or a dog, anyway.
Meet Eclipse, the two-year-old Black Labrador who’s been spotted riding a Belltown bus alone in recent weeks. She roams the aisles, sits next to strangers, and even does her part to clean the bus — by licking her seat.
KOMO News reports that Eclipse’s first solo bus ride came when her owner, Jeff Young, took too long to finish a cigarette on the way to the park one day. Unfazed by the site of his Black Lab jumping on the bus, Jeff was confident Eclipse would remember where to get off.
“We get separated,” Young says. “She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park. 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 urbanised, 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.”
Eclipse doesn’t bother the other passengers, and has become a hit with regular commuters.
“All the bus drivers know her,” said commuter Tiona Rainwater. “She sits here just like a person does. She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?”
Eclipse first came to the attention of the media when radio host Miles Montgomery, of KISW-FM, saw her get on and off the bus by herself.
“It doesn’t really appear to have an owner,” Montgomery said. “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.”
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