Last year, Seattle’s Metro Transit system set an all-time ridership record with 120 million people taking trips on the city’s buses. Among these riders was a short, hairy, four-legged and remarkably independent patron who took frequent solo rides to the local dog park. Eclipse, the two-year-old black lab mix who regularly goes on solo adventures on the bus, has become a welcome addition to the city’s thriving transit system.
“All the bus drivers know her,” said fellow rider Tiona Rainwater in an interview with local Seattle TV news station KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”
The dog’s owner, Jeff Young, explains that Eclipse is a city slicker through and through, and has been riding the bus on her own since she was young. “We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” said Young. Since she’s started riding alone, Eclipse has become a regular fixture of many bus riders’ morning commutes.
Young appreciates that the rides are not only fun for Eclipse, but for the two-legged patrons on the city buses as well. “It makes their day,” said Young in the interview with KOMO. “It’s a good part of their day and it works out for her so I just let it go.”
You can see Eclipse in action in this news segment about the dog from earlier this year. Check it out for yourself here!