So I’m at the local Goodwill buying work clothes (no sense in going retail for something that will only wind up covered in grease) when I see this lady pushing her grocery cart down the aisle, her Lhasa Apso taking pride of place in the baby seat. No one batted an eyelash. I figured it was an isolated event, but no. I’ve since seen dogs (not service dogs, mind you) in the post office, the dry cleaners, the grocery store, and on the busses.
This is a dog friendly town. There are a ton of dog parks, and you can’t spit without hitting a veterinarian. And come to think of it, I haven’t seen a single stray since I’ve been here. That’s pretty amazing.
Apparently we even have a dog who rides the bus by himself to the dog park! This video will amaze you. All of the commuters seem to take it in stride.
That’s what I love about Seattle. Everyone seems to be cool with eccentricity. I’ve seen people dancing across the cross walks and marching down the street wearing clown suits and banging drums. Why not? Let your freak flag fly! I suspect that sooner or later I’ll fit right in. Any quirky city that holds dogs in high esteem ranks pretty high in my book.
Eclipse, the bus riding dog.
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