SEATTLE – A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop — to the delight of fellow Seattle bus passengers.
Local radio host Miles Montgomery was amazed to see the pooch get off the bus, without an owner, at a dog park last week.
The dog and her owner, Jeff Young, live right near a bus stop.
In Young's words, "She's a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog." Young says his dog sometimes gets on the bus without him, and he catches up with her at the dog park three or four stops away.
Bus riders report she hops onto seats next to strangers, and watches out the window for her stop.
Says commuter Tiona Rainwater, "All the bus drivers know her. … She makes everybody happy."
A Metro Transit spokesman said the agency loves that a dog appreciates public transit.