A pet cat named Dodger, after a character from the Dickens novel Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transportation at the bus station near his home in Dorset, England. He doesn’t even have to pay fare, proving once and for all that bus drivers are more partial to animals than they are to people.
He’s become a regular on the local bus route, which makes round trips up to 10 miles around the town. All the while, Dodger will sit on other passengers’ laps. Some of them have even started bringing him tins of cat food to feed him on their way to and from work. But they always know which stop to let the friendly feline off at.
His 44 year-old owner Fee Jeanes believes her 15 year-old ginger cat took a liking to the buses because they often warm up like greenhouses on sunny days. She explained Dodger’s behavior:
He is an old boy and is very friendly. At first Dodger kept going to the bus station because people there fed him tit-bits and scraps of food. But then he started climbing on board the buses because they are almost like greenhouses when it is sunny.
Then last week I found out he had travelled to Charmouth and back, which is a 10 mile round trip. I hadn’t seen him all morning until my daughter Emily told me one of her friends had just seen him on the bus at Charmouth.
I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.
He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board. That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.
I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there and liked to sit on the seats because they are warm from where people have been sitting.