Seattle is a very progressive city, known for its forward way of thinking, so perhaps it's not all that surprising that it's home to a dog that is a regular rider on the city's D-Line bus - and she goes alone.
Seattle’s KOMO-TV recently reported that the 2-year-old black Labrador mix named Eclipse became a regular after she figured out how to ride the bus alone to the dog park.
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”
The dog’s owner, Jeff Young, lives next to the stop and told the news station that Eclipse sometimes hops on board without him if he’s not yet finished smoking his cigarette when the bus arrives. The pup has become a regular on the route, riding three or four stops before exiting at her destination of choice.
“I catch up with her at the dog park,” he explained.
Miles Montgomery, a Seattle radio host and D-Line commuter, was taken by surprise when Eclipse hopped into the seat next to him on a ride recently, looked out the window, then got off at her stop. He captures bemused selfie with the commuting canine, adding the caption, “Bus is full this morning:”
Bus is full this morning pic.twitter.com/vBPffAh79J— Miles Montgomery (@MilesKISW) January 9, 2015
A Metro Transit spokesperson told the Associated Press that they’re happy a dog can appreciate public transit, although Eclipse should really be on a leash. King County says dogs are allowed to ride buses at the discretion of the driver, provided the animal isn’t a hazard and doesn’t create a disturbance.
While it may be unusual here, it's actually common in Moscow where strays have learned to commute in and out of the city from the suburbs by riding the subway, even watching out for other dogs to make sure they exit at the correct stop.