There’s no denying that dogs are intelligent creatures. Some would even put their intelligence up there right next to a human’s. If you’re not quite one of those people, let me show you an example that may change your mind.
Meet Eclipse, a Labrador and Mastiff mix from Seattle who leaves the people that she encounters, smiling and scratching their heads. Eclipse takes the bus to the local dog park all by herself.
Tiona Rainwater, who shares the bus with the adorable canine passenger said, “All the bus driver’s know her. She sits here just like a person does. She makes everybody happy.”
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This all came about when Jeff Young, Eclipse’s owner, was taking too long to get on the bus and get to their usual destination (the dog park). Eclipse apparently got tired of waiting and jumped onto the bus by herself and headed off to the park alone.
When the bus arrived at the usual stop that Eclipse and her owner would get off at, the happy go lucky dog exited the bus and went to the dog park. Her owner would later catch up and find the pooch there.
From that day forward Jeff knew that he could let the dog ride the bus alone and she would always get off at the dog park a few stops later, where he would eventually meet her.
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Even though some authority figures would prefer to see Eclipse leashed and with her owner, the local laws allow for dogs to ride on public transportation at the driver’s discretion.
Bus drivers welcome the dog on their route because the passengers get a kick out of her and she doesn’t cause any trouble. The only side effect of letting Eclipse ride the bus is leaving fellow riders with a smile on their faces as she exits at her stop.
No matter where you feel dog’s fall on the intelligence charts, you have to admit that dogs like Eclipse leave you shaking your head in disbelief. I love just this story. I’ve never even met Eclipse and she made me smile just reading about her. Such a sweet (and smart) girl!
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