Seattle bus riders have recently been finding themselves with a transit companion who's a bit furrier than most: Eclipse, a 2-year-old black Labrador, has been riding the bus—alone—to a Belltown dog park. "All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," says one commuter about the dog, who often roams the aisles, sits in the seats, looks out the windows, and, of course, licks everything in sight. "She makes everybody happy," the rider tells KOMO. A local radio host who noticed the dog last week notes, "She was most concerned about seeing out the window, and I couldn't figure out what that was." When she exited the bus at the dog park, he figured it out: "It was really just about seeing where her stop was."
Her solo bus rides started, in fact, as bus rides with her owner, Jeff Young. He takes her, via bus, to the dog park, and one day as they waited for the bus, it arrived before Young finished his cigarette. Impatient, Eclipse hopped on alone. "She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park," Young explains, noting to ABC News that he always follows close behind on another bus. "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." He calls her an "urbanized ... bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog" and says locals frequently call him thinking they've captured a lost animal. "I have to tell them, 'No. She's fine.' She knows what she's doing." As for Metro Transit, a spokesperson says the agency loves Eclipse. (Read about a dog who ate $23,000 worth of rings.)