Eclipse is a black Labrador retriever mix and a regular on the D-Line through Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”
It all started one day at the bus stop, when her owner, Jeff Young, took too long to finish his cigarette. Upon the arrival of the bus, Eclipse hopped in without him, and just got off to the park where they were headed together. Eclipse enjoys the bus-riding so much she took her solitary trips to the park almost every day since then, meeting her owner later on directly at the park.
Emily Falls, a regular passenger on the bus, took a photo of Eclipse on her trip. She said: “She usually picks a seat by the window and sits there until her stop, although she sometimes walks around and greets people.”
Transportation officials said they prefer dogs to be on leashes, but they can ride buses at the discretion of the drivers as long as they aren’t creating a major disturbance.
The dog has become even more recognizable with her own Facebook page, showing photos of her many rides. More than 40,000 people like the page.