Eclipse, a Labrador-Mastiff from Seattle, Washington State, made headlines back in 2015 when she incredibly learned how to use the city’s bus transportation system all by herself. In the intervening couple of years, the 4-year-old dog became a true mascot of the Emerald City and even had a book written about her.
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”
It all started when the owner of the then-two-years-old black hound, Jeff Young, was taking too long to finish his cigarette at a bus stop. So, when the bus arrived, Eclipse simply got on it by herself and got off at the nearby park. Since that day, Jeff catches up with his dog in the park and she is always there. Passengers have noticed Eclipse follows the route by looking out the window and never misses her stop.
Although some officers say that Eclipse should ideally be on a leash, King County, Washington, allows dogs on public transport at the discretion of a driver and, suffice to say, no driver has ever refused Eclipse entry on a bus.
“I love my big city life and enjoy taking the D line daily to the Belltown dog park,” Eclipse says on her Facebook profile which is followed by more than 10,000 people.
Last year, a book titled Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus-Riding Dog, written by Dorothy Hinshaw was published, chronicling the adventures of Eclipse in words and color photographs. It currently retails on Amazon at $10.17.
If you ever find yourself riding the D line bus in Seattle, you might stumble upon a peculiar-looking passenger named Eclipse
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” a passenger explained
The dog has a bus pass attached to her collar and always rides past 3-4 stations before getting off at a local park, where she meets her owner, Jeff Young
Source: Lindsay Cohen
It is estimated around 120 million riders use Seattle’s pet-friendly public transportation system annually
According to HuffPost, the city on America’s Pacific coast is not the only place where animals use public transportation successfully…
Reports from the Russian capital say stray dogs in Moscow have learned to commute in and out of the city from the suburbs by riding the subway
Eclipse’s Moscowite counterparts reportedly even watch out for one another to make sure they exit at the correct stop
King County, Washington, allows dogs on public transport at the discretion of a driver, and Eclipse is universally loved by drivers and passengers alike
More than 10k users follow Eclipse on Facebook, and last year dog enthusiast Dorothy Hinshaw penned a book dedicated to the canine
“She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”, a local said
Check out Eclipse in the flesh in the video report below.