SEATTLE (KOMO/CNN) — A wild ride so unbelievable you have to see it for yourself. A dog has learned a new trick in Seattle, she rides the bus by herself.
Of the tens of thousands of riders Metro Transit moves each day, few are greeted by a smile when they slobber on the seats.
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” said commuter Tiona Rainwater. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?”
Meet Eclipse, a two-year-old Black Labrador and Bull Mastiff mix, who, like human riders, uses Seattle’s buses to get around.
She often roams the aisles of the D-Line looking for a seat, and will hop up next to a stranger. Which makes perfect sense for a dog who rides the bus — alone.
“She gets on and off by herself,” Seattle radio host Miles Montgomery said.
It was almost unbelievable to Montgomery.
“And I thought, man oh man, this is nuts!” Montgomery said.
He snapped a selfie with the dog after seeing her solo ride first-hand.
“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?'” Montgomery asked. “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.”
Turns out Eclipse doesn’t always ride the bus alone. She visits the dog park a few times a week, sometimes with her owner.
“She’s been here the last two years, so she’s been urbanized, totally. She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog,” her owner Jeff Young said. “Probably once a week I get a phone call. ‘Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell,'” he recounted. “I have to tell them, ‘no. She’s fine.’ She knows shat she’s doing.”
Young says it started with constant trips, together, to the dog park in Belltown. Before getting on the bus by their apartment, Jeff would stop to smoke. If the bus got there before he was done, Eclipse would take off without him.
“We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” said Young. “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.”
A dog, amidst humans. A canine among commuters. Proving even public transit, apparently, has gone to the dogs.
A spokesman for Metro Transit said they love that Eclipse is a supporter of public transit – adding “she would be much safer if she had her owner on a leash.”