Dog Learns to Ride the Bus Alone, Takes Herself on Weekly Trips to the Dog Park

A Seattle dog has figured out how to get a little personal time away from her owner—by taking public transit! Eclipse, a 2-year-old black Labrador, learned her bus route and regularly uses it — completely alone — for her weekly visits to the dog park, according to a KOMO news report.

Eclipse’s owner would take her to their local dog park several times a week, and eventually she learned which stops to get exit on to make the journey by herself. Her owner said she’ll get on at the bus stop in front of their house, and get off for the park three or four stops later.

It turns out that she has become something of a local celebrity on her ride.

“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” said fellow commuter Tiona Rainwater.

Not only has Eclipse befriended the drivers, she doesn’t shy away from hopping into a seat next to strangers. Eclipse’s owner, Jeff Young, said that at least once a week he receives a phone call from well-meaning strangers who think she is lost.

“I have to tell them, “no. She’s fine.” She knows what she’s doing,” he said.

Young said that when he does accompany Eclipse on her trips to the park, she will still get on the bus without him if he’s running late. “I catch up with her at the dog park,” he said.

A spokesperson for Metro Transit said that they love the dog, and her appreciation for public transit.