Great Dane rides crowded train standing up

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A Great Dane on a crowded train in Oakland stood on his hind legs to give other passengers more room, but let’s hope his kindness doesn’t backfire.

A 28-year-old Berkeley resident, Sean Herron, snapped a photo of the unusual sight and posted it on Twitter, inadvertently letting the world know that the thoughtful dog was in violation of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rules that require dogs on trains to be in crates.

Imagine the space that would have taken up.

On his Wednesday morning ride to work, Herron saw man board the crowded train with his dog at 19th Street Station.

The dog (name unknown) jumped up and put his two front paws on his human for the ride, apparently at his owner’s command.

“The train was getting crowded as people were going through West Oakland and the dog was having trouble finding a place to sit,” Herron recalled. “The owner said, ‘Stand up’ — he was standing against the door — and the dog was leaning his paws against him.”

Most aboard seemed to appreciate the sight.

“The entire train was taking pictures and laughing about it,” said Herron. “It turned an unhappy commute into a positive experience.”

Herron’s tweet describing the spectacle has since been liked thousands of times, KSBW reported.

“It was definitely not the weirdest thing I’ve seen on BART, but it was definitely the best thing I’ve seen on BART,” Herron said. “I hope to see the dog again.”

John Woestendiek

John Woestendiek is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of "Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend."

2 thoughts on “Great Dane rides crowded train standing up

  • August 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    This is my kind of story. Love it!

  • August 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    Love this. Thank you for adding cheer and smiles to this day.

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