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Cat Waits At Bus Stop, Rides the Bus Routinely

Cat Waits At Bus Stop, Rides the Bus Routinely

Editorís note:†This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on January 5, 2012. Enjoy!

A 15-year-old ginger cat, Artful Dodger, is more than living up to his name. Last month’s Telegraph reports that Dodger has been taking rides on the bus, after boarding at a bus stop near his home. Sometimes he sits on passengers’ laps; he also likes to sit on seats that have been recently vacated, apparently for their warmth.

Dodger’s owner,†Fee Jeanes, says that he initially started to frequent the bus stop as people gave him scraps food. But then the bus itself became the attraction; like greenhouses, they are sunny and warm, says Jeanes †in the†Telegraph. Dodger has gone on ten mile round-trips. Jeanes says that her daughter’s friends had indeed seem him on the bus that far away:

“I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.

“He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board.

“That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.

“I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there…”

The bus company, First, spoke in welcoming tones about Dodger riding the bus and have only asked the drivers not to feed him, out of concern that Dodger might prefer the bus over home for food and shelter. A company spokesman did say that “in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station,” even adding that

“Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed.”

Dodger seems to have made himself quite a fixture on the bus, sometimes even waiting in the middle of the road for the bus to stop.

Pity that more people (at least here in the US) don’t see the benefits of public transportation as much as the Artful Dodger does.


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6:33AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

2:18PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

What a a cute and interesting story. How great that the bus drivers allow this cat to go for rides.

1:15AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

Adorable little story.. And cat!

12:42PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

That was ginger cat!

12:41PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Love this story! Have you read the story of Street cat Bob!.............another gonger cat in the UK.

2:14PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

I had a wonderful cat-friend years ago (I thought of him as "mine"... but he lived equally on my porch and a neighbor's) who used to hang out at the local saloon. This bar in the Westport district of Kansas City MO, really was a saloon with swinging wooden doors and sawdust on the floor. Every afternoon the cat they knew just as "the black cat" used to sashay in there, tail held high, looking for any free pets.
Before you criticize: no matter that I loved him dearly, I was deathly allergic to him, could not have made him an indoor cat, and my neighbor thought she owned him. He had a heated "doghouse" on my porch, two meals a day and vet care.

7:49AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

that's so sweet :)

9:13AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Good cat.

1:10PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

This is such an absolutely gorgeous post. I am glad that the drivers have been so kind accommodating and concerned for this kitty. God Bless.

7:44AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

reminds me of my recently departed Hooligan.....he was 17, very loving and eager to please

There are cats, and then there are SPECIAL CATS.......

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