Seattle bus riders were delighted and confused by the arrival of a new regular passenger. Eclipse, a two-year-old black Labrador mix, waits at the bus stop outside her home in Belltown, boards all by herself, and gets off at the dog park.
When the big furry girl appeared on the local buses, it raised questions about where her owner was. As it turns out, her owner, Jeff Young, catches up with her later at the dog park. It all started one day when Eclipse got tired of waiting for Jeff and boarded the bus without him.
“We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” said Jeff Young to KOMO 4 News. “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.”
While on the bus, Eclipse roams the aisles, sprawls out on seats, licks up sticky spots and gazes out the window, waiting for her stop. She rides the D line from her home at 3 Ave. W. and W. Mercer Street, and gets off 3-4 stops later.
“She’s been here the last two years, so she’s been urbanized, totally. She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog,” says Young. “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.”
In other parts of the world, stray dogs are a city fixture. They can be seen waiting at crosswalks and hanging out at fish markets. Moscow, Russia has over 30,000 stray dogs, which have evolved to ride the subway for a commute from the suburbs into the city to beg for food.
A spokesperson from Metro Transit told the Associated Press that they’re happy a dog can appreciate public transit, but Eclipse should really be on a leash.
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