A Philippine jeepney driver was urged to adopt a dog after the animal became intent on hitching a ride.
By, 23 May 2019
This story is told by Haypee Barcelinia, a resident of Quezon City in the Philippines. Barcelinia would catch a bus (traditionally called a ‘jeepney’) to work each day of the week. One day he began to notice a dog trailing the bus.
Each time the bus stopped to let on passengers the dog would, according to Barcelinia, ‘place her front paws on the back step’. As the jeepney moved away the dog would be left behind only to begin its chasing once again.
The bus driver too had noticed the exertions of the dog and its keenness to travel, but he was reluctant to let it travel on the bus for fear of its causing a nuisance to passengers.
Barcelinia told The Dodo that ‘no matter how tired the dog became, she seemed intent on catching up to the vehicle.’
A melting heart
After several weeks of watching the dog attempt and fail to climb aboard the bus the driver's resolve crumbled and he allowed the dog onto the bus.
The stray appeared relieved and found a space on the floor to lie down. The dog caused no trouble to other passengers. In fact, it was so well-mannered and had proved itself so spirited that the bus driver eventually adopted it.
Some stray dogs seem intent on using public transport to get around. In September 2018 Wamiz brought news of a Chilean local hero called Cristhian Lizama. On his route around Maule Lizama noticed a stray dog clearly made unhappy by the winter cold. Lizama stopped his bus to let on board the stray.
In towns and cities that have a high population of stray cats and dogs interactions between humans and animals is commonplace. Unfortunately, not every human is as kind and welcoming as our two bus drivers are.