Imagine you're riding the bus, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize there's hot breath and a bit of panting going on in the seat behind you. While your worst fears may cull to mind the image of a leering commuter or, even worse, someone having a heart attack, the truth could actually be something totally awesome. It could be Eclipse, the bus-riding dog of Seattle who doesn't need a human to tell her where to get off for the dog park.
About once a week, commuters in the Seattle neighborhood of Belltown get to hop a ride with the 2-year-old Black Labrador mix. Apparently the pooch was sick of waiting for her owner to finish his cigarette at the bus stop one day. Instead of watching him take his last puff, she threw her paws up and hopped aboard to made the three-stop trip to the park herself. Humans—who needs 'em?
"All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," commuter Tiona Rainwater told Seattle's KOMO News. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"
So has Seattle's pubic transit gone to the dogs? Not necessarily, but it's certainly helping one canine lessen her carbon paw-print.