Dog special: Pups on the buses

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For this week’s Last Stop, we decided to shine the spotlight on two very special, bus-loving dogs. Retriever and mastiff cross Eclipse, who lives in Seattle, Washington, leaves the house every day on her own to board the local bus.

She then rides down to her closest dog park, where she spends a few hours mingling with other dogs and running around. Once she’s tired herself out, she then climbs aboard again and heads home. Amazingly, she has her own bus pass attached to her collar.

Eclipse beginning her morning commute to the dog park. ROBBIE LAUREN

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Robbie Lauren saw the intrepid canine going about her daily duties and wrote the following on Facebook: “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. 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.

“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.”

A sausage dog from Colchester seems to have taken inspiration from Eclipse’s antics, recently sneaking onboard a bus to the beach.

Four-year-old dachshund Frank fled his home, leaving his owner Michelle Ballard in a panic. She began searching for the daring dog, involving as many friends and family members as possible.

“My eyes were the size of golfballs when I realised and I burst out crying,” she told the Daily Gazette.

“There must have been between 30 and 40 people out looking. I put a post on Facebook and asked if anyone had seen him.

“My friend posted it in loads of groups and it was shared 680 times within an hour. Then somebody messaged my friend to say Frank was, well, on a bus!”

The bus he was on was destined for Clacton. Alas, he never made it to his holiday destination of choice as passengers spotted him and reunited him with Michelle, much to her relief.