It's not terribly unusual to see a dog on a bus in animal-loving Seattle, Washington, but what about one that rides a bus all on their own and gets off at the same stop every week? Now that's an oddity, even for Seattle residents.
That is exactly what the black Labrador Retriever named Eclipse does every week during her trip to the dog park. When the bus doors open, the two-year-old pooch is already diligently waiting on at the bus stop and steps onboard. She takes a seat, preferably next to the window, and waits for the other passengers to board. Once the bus starts, she patiently watches out the window so as to not miss her stop at the dog park.
Fellow commuter Tiona Rainwater states, "[She] sits there just like a person does. She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"
While it certainly is unusual for a dog to ride the bus alone, she hasn't always done so. As the story goes, Eclipse and her owner Jeff Young used to ride the bus together to the dog park. However, one day they got separated. Young was smoking a cigarette and Eclipse just couldn't wait, so she boarded the bus alone. Eclipse was already familiar with the route so when she got to the dog park, she just got off and waited for her owner to catch up.
"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," Young explained.
Young simply walks the rest of the way to the dog park these days. Stating: "It makes everyone's day. It's a good part of their day and it works out for her so I just let it go."