Dog Takes Itself On Bus Ride To Dog Park Every Day To Get Some Exercise
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Looking after a pet means you have to ensure they get enough exercise to keep them healthy. While it might seem arduous at times, you can't keep a dog cooped up in your apartment all day.
But what if the animal could walk itself?
Well, one smart pooch has done just that in America - the dog's owner noticed she was fully capable of catching the bus all the way to the dog park and back, all by herself.
Eclipse, a black Labrador Retriever-cross-Mastiff, used to be walked by her owner Jeff Young to the bus stop in Seattle, Washington, before heading to Belltown Dog Park.
Seattle native Robbie Lauren explained on a Facebook page set up for Eclipse that the dog eventually knew exactly where to go and when to get off without Jeff.
"It started when her owner, Jeff Young, was taking too long when the bus arrived, so she impatiently ran ahead and got on the bus by herself," Robbie wrote.
"The bus driver recognised her and dropped her off at the dog park, and later Jeff caught up with her. After several more trips by herself, Jeff started letting her go on her own, and she always comes back home a couple of hours later.
"Every day she leaves her house, by herself, and takes the bus downtown to the dog park where she spends a couple of hours getting exercise and making friends, and then she takes the bus back home again.
"She even has her own bus pass attached to the collar."
People have started uploading photos of their interactions with Eclipse as they ride the bus on the D Line, making the pooch a mini-celebrity.
She now boasts a whopping 78,000 followers on Facebook and it's clear that everyone wants to ride the same bus just to squeeze in a few head pats.
Another local, Lauren, added that everyone loves seeing Eclipse when she gets on: "All of the bus drivers know her and she makes them smile, and many of the regular passengers enjoy seeing her every day and will often sit down next to her.
"Even the police have given their approval as long as the bus drivers are okay with the arrangement.
"She makes everybody happy."
Owner Jeff says he regularly gets phone calls from concerned people thinking his dog has run away, but he politely tells them that she knows where she is going and he isn't too far behind.