Seattle’s most famous dog, Eclipse, made headlines in 2015 after video emerged of her taking the bus by herself to the dog park. According to reports at the time, the clever lab/mastiff mix embarked on her first solo journey after her owner, Jeff Young, took an unreasonable amount of time smoking a cigarette.
Three years later, Eclipse is still a regular presence on the D-line, which takes her from her home near the Space Needle to her favorite dog park in minutes. The dog also knows exactly where to disembark, occasionally startling first-time passengers with her single-minded resolve.
Nor is the dog content to curl up on the floor like other canines, though this does happen occasionally during peak commutes. Just like humans, Ellipse vastly prefers to get her own seat — or multiple seats, if possible — to mingle with her fellow commuters.
Now five years old, Eclipse’s local fame is only growing, with a metro transit commercial under her belt, countless profiles written about her, and 41,000 (and counting) followers on her Facebook page.
In 2017, Seattle Met Magazine also named the bus-riding dog, who recently turned 35 in human years, one of city’s five most famous animals, along with a bar-hopping cockatoo, a French bulldog sweater model, and a leash-trained cat named Magic.
Learn more more about Seattle’s cutest commuter in the video below!
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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