SEATTLE — An old dog has learned new tricks in Seattle! Thousands ride Seattle’s Metro Transit each day, but few are as well known as Eclipse, a black lab – bull mastiff mix who uses the bus to get around town — especially the dog park.
“She gets on and off by herself,” Metro rider Miles Montgomery said.
Eclipse has no problem moving up the aisles to find an empty seat and often hops up next to a stranger. Most, if not all, of her fellow passengers are amused.
“She sits here just like a person does! She’s a person! And all the bus drivers know her,” Montgomery said.
What’s most important to a dog riding the bus? A window seat, of course. “She was most concerned about seeing out the window,” Montgomery said.
When the bus stops at the dog park, Eclipse makes her exit. When Montgomery first witnessed it, he didn’t know what to think. “I just look out the window and I’m like, did that just happen?”
No, Eclipse didn’t start out riding alone; constant trips to the dog park with owner Jeff Young gave Eclipse her street smarts. “She’s been urbanized, totally. She’s a bus-riding, side-walk walking dog,” he said.
How does this happen??
Young smokes outside their apartment while waiting for the bus with Eclipse. The bus gets there before Young is finished smoking. “We get separated. She gets on the bus without me. And I catch up with her at the dog park,” he said.
While Metro Transit says they love that Eclipse supports public transportation, “She would be much safer if she had her owner on a leash.”