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Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.

Smart dog learns to take bus to dog park all alone, delights Seattle commuters

The next time you're riding a public bus in the Seattle area and you see those doors swing open, don't be surprised if you see a black dog get on the bus all alone and sit down calmly next to the other commuters.

It's probably just Eclipse, a 2-year-old wicked-smart Black Lab who has learned to ride the bus by herself to her favorite dog park, without her owner.

It all started one day when Jeff Young, Eclipse's owner, was finishing up a smoke at the bus stop. When he took too long, Eclipse just got on the bus and went to the park without him. The pair lives right in front of the bus stop, so once Eclipse realized she could go whenever she wanted, there really wasn't any stopping her.

"We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park," Young told Seattle's KOMO News. "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."

And although it would be much better for Eclipse to be led safely on a leash, local commuters and bus drivers can't help but be charmed by the plucky pooch.

"All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does," said commuter Tiona Rainwater as she rode the bus through downtown Monday. "She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this thing?"

Seems like Eclipse has got a pretty good thing going.

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