An on-going point of contention between dog and dog owner is how quickly they get started on the walk. Dogs are ready to go as soon as they hear the word “walk” but humans need to bundle up, lock up and generally spend time while dog patience is being tried.
A 2-year-old Black Lab in Seattle named Eclipse doesn’t worry about this. She has learned to take the bus to the dog park without her human. She has been spotted roaming the aisles, hopping on a seat, sitting like a little human, and even watching for her stop out the window.
Sometimes her human rides along. It all started one day when he took too long to finish a cigarette. They got separated, Eclipse got on the bus in front of her house and got off at the dog park three or four stops later.
According to Jeff Young, her owner, the tradition has been going on for a while.
"She's been here the last two years, so she's been urbanized, totally. She's a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog," he said. "Probably once a week I get a phone call. 'Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell,'" he recounted. "I have to tell them, 'no. She's fine.' She knows what she's doing."
As one of the commuters put it,
"She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"