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Little Poodle Snarls San Francisco Area Train Traffic

A black 10-pound poodle went on bizarre adventure Thursday morning that ended up halting train traffic for up to 10 minutes during the rush-hour commute....

Maria Goodavage  |  Sep 24th 2010


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A black 10-pound poodle went on bizarre adventure Thursday morning that ended up halting train traffic for up to 10 minutes during the rush-hour commute. The unidentified pooch hopped off a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train in Oakland, jumped onto the tracks, and trotted down the middle of the tracks and into the tunnel heading toward the next station.

Why? Only the dog knows. Maybe he didn’t have a ticket and BART authorities were coming to do a random ticket check. Or perhaps he just got sick of someone having a loud cell phone conversation near him. Whatever the case, BART police stopped all train traffic in the area and searched for the dog, according to SFGate.

He or she (we’ll stick with “he” for the rest of the story) was last seen emerging from the tunnel, jumping to the other side of the tracks (fortunately the electrified third rail had been turned off by then), and disappearing before authorities could get to him. BART reps believe the dog left the BART system safely, SFGate reports.

It sure seems like he knew where he was going. Is he a dog like the homeless train dogs in Moscow who know how to use the train system there to get around the city on their own? Did someone ditch him on the train? (No passengers recall seeing him with a person.) What is this little guy’s story?

We sure hope he finds home, or that he finds someone who will help him out if he is homeless. So far no news since yesterday morning, but if I learn anything else, I’ll update it here.