Hitchin a ride: Seattle dog rides bus alone to dog park

There's a dog in Seattle that has learned how to board, ride, and even get off the bus, all by herself.

According to KOMO in Seattle, the Black Labrador was spotted riding the bus alone in recent weeks. The two-year-old dog was roaming the aisles, jumping onto seats, and even cleaning up the bus -- by licking.

"All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," said commuter Tiona Rainwater. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"

Seattle radio host Miles Montgomery was intrigued when he learned about it last week. The dog hopped off the bus, right at the dog park, all by herself. 

KOMO did some digging and found out that the dog isn't a stray. Her name is Eclipse and typically she doesn't ride the bus alone. Her own lives near a bus stop in Seattle and those two usually go together. But according to Jeff Young, Eclipse's owner, the trick started when he took a little longer on a cigarette.

"We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park," said Young. "It's not hard to get on. She gets on in front of her house and she gets off at the dog park, three or four stops later."

This trick isn't new. Young said Eclipse is an urbanized dog: a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking, dog. 

"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."
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