Lindsey Cohen of KOMO News reported yesterday about a Seattle dog that takes the Metro Bus to a downtown dog park by herself.
Eclipse is a 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. She began riding the bus with her owner, Jeff Young, to the dog park a few times a week. Young has a habit of smoking a cigarette before getting on the bus, and eventually, when Eclipse thought he took too long to finish it, she would hop on the bus on her own and get off at the dog park.
The story didn’t mention it, but I wonder what happens when Eclipse gets off the bus. Do she wait for Young to join her? Does someone let her into the dog park?
While I think Eclipse is an incredibly smart dog to have figured out how to get to the dog park safely by herself, Young should have her on a leash and ride with her to the dog park, not just because it’s the law, but more importantly, it’s just not safe for her to be alone in the middle of a major city.
A car could backfire and scare her into the street and she could be hit by a vehicle. Someone on the bus could feed her something that makes her sick. She could eat something on the ground that could harm her. Someone on the bus who is afraid of dogs could freak out and hurt her.
And now that her story has been on the news, someone could steal her after she gets off the bus at the dog park.
So yes, Eclipse is a cool, intelligent dog, but it’s time for her to stop riding the bus alone.
Sorry for being a buzz kill.