For one local celebrity canine in Seattle, the answer is obvious: Take the bus.
Eclipse, a black lab-gold mastiff mix, has figured out how to take the D-Line without her owner, ABC affiliate KOMO reports.
She does it so often that the bus drivers know her, one fellow commuter told KOMO. Just like human commuters, she knows where her stops are, hops into seats beside strangers and tries her best to get a view out the window.
It all started when Eclipse's owner, Jeff Young, started taking her to the dog park using that bus route, he told KOMO. Sometimes, the bus would come while Young was finishing his cigarette, so Eclipse would jump on without him, getting off at the stop for the dog park. Eventually it became a habit, and Eclipse was able to go to the park and back without Young.
Young still accompanies Eclipse on some trips. He said he gets a call about once a week, though, from a well-meaning stranger who has spotted Eclipse alone on the bus and thinks she is lost.
"I have to tell them, 'no. She's fine.' She knows what she's doing," he said.
The transit agency is far from upset by Eclipse's presence. They love the dog because she loves the bus, a spokesman said.
Eclipse doesn't seem to have many dissenters. In fact, when she climbs onto the bus, some faces light up with a smile.
"She makes everybody happy," said one fellow commuter. "How can you not love this face?"