Eclipse The Dog Rides The Bus By Herself To — Where Else? — The Dog Park
Some dogs just know what they want, and how to get it. Like Eclipse, for instance, who may look like your average dog (that's an oxymoron because NO dogs are average) but possesses a very special skill. Eclipse the dog rides the bus by herself to visit her favorite place, the dog park. Yes, this dog just gets on the bus whenever she feels like meeting up with her dog buds and wilin' out. She goes and waits for the bus, gets on it, looks around for a seat, and gets off at the stop in front of the dog park. Sorry, dog owners, but this might be the coolest dog to have ever lived.
Commuters in Belltown, Seattle, first started noticing Eclipse a few weeks ago when the dog began riding the bus solo. The 2-year-old Labrador-Bullmastiff mix would get on the bus, look around for an empty seat, and sidle up next to other commuters like she really knows the ropes to this whole public transportation thing.
"She sits here just like a person does," one fellow rider told Seattle's KOMO 4 TV. "She's a person! And all the bus drivers know her."
I mean, this dog is clearly more advanced than 6-year-old me, because when I got off the school bus on my way home from the first day of first grade, I took a wrong turn and ended up walking on the freeway for three hours.
Local radio host Miles Montgomery told KOMO 4 TV he thought he was tripping the first time he saw Eclipse ride the bus to the dog park by herself. He described his disbelief:
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.
He then took a selfie with Eclipse, who looks like she's thinking, "Dude, I'm just riding the bus. You do you."
Besides using public transportation alone, Eclipse's owner, Jeff Young, told KOMO 4 TV that his pup is an independent city dweller in general.
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.
Sometimes the two go to the park together, but Eclipse doesn't live her life based on someone else's schedule. She makes her own rules. The first time she decided to set off on her own was when Jeff took too long to finish his cigarette and Eclipse got on the bus without him. He recounted:
We get separated. 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.
I imagine Eclipse looking out the window at her owner, pointing her paw, and mouthing, "See you there."
Eclipse is probably the type of dog who goes to the corner store by herself and asks Jeff if he needs anything. Like I said, best dog.
As for the other commuters, they love riding with her.
"She makes everybody happy," one told KOMO 4. "How could you not love this face?"Watch the video below.
Images: KOMO 4 TV