Dog takes bus to the park every day to play by herself for two hours
When you own a dog it can sometimes be hard if you have a busy schedule to give your pet the playtime it so desperately needs. Dogs need plenty of fresh air and exercise, and can't stand being cooped up indoors for too long. And yet, many dog owners struggle to walk their dog enough, meaning that the poor pooches miss out on getting to roam around in the outdoors.
However, this week an incredibly bright pup has gone viral on social media for taking matters into her own paws: namely, by hitching a ride on a bus by herself and going to the park to play alone!
The dog in question hails from Seattle in Washington state and is a familiar sight to local commuters. Recently, a Seattle native named Robbie Lauren took to Facebook to share some snaps she took of the sweet little black Labrador and Mastiff mix.
Robbie wrote: "This is Eclipse. Every day she leaves her house, by herself, and takes the bus downtown to the dog park where she spends a couple of hours getting exercise and making friends, and then she takes the bus back home again. She even has her own bus pass attached to the collar."
She continued: "It started when her owner, Jeff Young, was taking too long when the bus arrived, so she impatiently ran ahead and got on the bus by herself. The bus driver recognized her and dropped her off at the dog park, and later Jeff caught up with her. After several more trips by herself, Jeff started letting her go on her own, and she always comes back home a couple of hours later."
She added: "All of the bus drivers know her and she makes them smile, and many of the regular passengers enjoy seeing her every day and will often sit down next to her. Even the police have given their approval as long as the bus drivers are okay with the arrangement. "She makes everybody happy."
While you're at it, meet Sally the subway stray who has melted the heart of TikTok users:
As if that wasn't impressive enough, Eclipse has now become enough of a local celebrity to boast her own official Facebook group: 'Eclipse Seattle's Bus Riding Dog', which now has over 50,000 fans sharing their photos and experiences with the clever dog. Awww!