Being a stray animal must be a tough life.
For the most part, many of the pets that we keep are pretty far removed from their undomesticated counterparts. While a wild wolf or a wild dog might know how to keep itself safe, look for shelter and find food, stray animals in the city are often a little bit more confused. If they haven’t adapted to an urban environment, they’re likely to starve or die of exposure.
Fortunately, the resourceful stray dog in this story had definitely adapted to the environment.
The story takes place in Quezon City in the Philippines, and it all started when Jaypee Barcelinia got on a bus.
After sitting on it for a moment, Barcelinia noticed that there was a stray dog chasing the bus. Although this wasn’t particularly unusual, what was unusual was just how determined this dog was to either catch the bus or get on it. As the bus slowed down, the dog would try to jump on the back of it, but each time the dog missed. The dog tried doing this about six different times!
Before long, Barcelinia thought that maybe the driver should just let the dog onboard.
Still, the driver of the bus was hesitant to allow the stray onboard.
Although it clearly wanted a ride and a place to rest its head, the driver was worried that it might bite the other passengers. Still, the little dog didn’t give up. No matter how tired she got, she kept running and running, constantly trying to jump on the back step of the bus. Needless to say, the dog’s determination was pretty inspiring to anybody who witnessed it!
Eventually, the dog actually stopped near the bus when it stopped to “ask for permission” to get onboard.
After seeing all the dog’s efforts, the driver relented and let the little pup onboard.
Once the dog was onboard, she did what she wanted to do the entire time: she took a comfortable nap in the shade of the bus! It’s not every day that someone sees a stray dog that’s this friendly, this determined and this understanding of the public transit system! Needless to say, the story is going viral on the internet and everyone on the bus that day knew that they’d seen something special.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Although the bus driver was initially hesitant to let the pup onboard, he changed his mind eventually.
Even after letting the dog get on, the driver eventually felt an attachment for the little girl and decided to keep her and take care of her! “Even after the journey finished the dog didn’t want to leave,” Barcelinia said in an interview with Newsflare. “The driver is now keeping her and taking care of her.” As this story pretty clearly shows, a little bit of determination can go a long way!
Congratulations to this little pup on getting a ride—and on getting a new human to hang out with! Check out the video of the bus chase below:
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