Vid We Love: A City Bus Driver Stops for a Runaway Dog, and She Boards!

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By Michael Leaverton

When dogs get loose, people run after them, sometimes hysterically. We've all been there. We've all watched our dogs dart off and we suddenly had to give chase, grown people running down the block in business attire and bathrobes, while our dogs barely glance back.

Take this little dog, Sara Lee. She darted in front of a bus and took off on her merry way, just a little romp through the neighborhood. The bus cam picked her up. The bus cam picked all of this up.

But before the bus could continue, the owner swept into view. You know this gait. You've looked this exact way many times, running down the street after your dog, although perhaps you weren't picked up my a bus cam.

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And then: the gesture. The universal "Hey get the hell back here!" gesticulation, which has forever gone unnoticed by our dogs, but thankfully was picked up by bus cam.

She's a persistent one.

Some time later, the bus catches up to them. The woman: dejected, lumbering, in it for the long haul, ready to march across Oregon if need be. The dog: farther ahead, keeping a nice buffer between her and her owner, enjoying herself immensely no doubt, wondering why they don't do this more often.

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The bus driver, Leanne Terhune, then stops next to the woman, who is tired, worn, beaten; who just wants to go home and watch NCIS; who doesn't need a ride, thanks, can't you see I'm trying to get my dog here?

Terhune sweeps past the lady and then has a brilliant idea. She doesn't have many options, but she has one. I am a bus driver, she thinks. What if I stopped for the dog? What if I popped open the doors and asked the dog if she'd like to go for a ride, in this giant freaking machine full of loud noises and strangers? Hell, it couldn't hurt.

Wait, is that ...? The dog is getting on the bus? A house stops next to her and Sara Lee says, sure, I'm game, let's do this.

First order of business: some snuggles from this nice lady.

But wait, who's this?


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The grateful owner picks up Sara Lee and marches off the bus and and at least four people, including the bus driver and those passengers, have a nice story to tell over the dinner table, about the woman who wouldn't give up, a dog who thought she was going to Vegas, and a bus-driving hero who came up with the perfect plan -- stop for the dog! -- which dovetailed ever-so-neatly with her official duties.

Her superiors must love that.


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the UPS guy picked up my errant Jack one time. then said Jack wanted a ride with the Brown truck every time it stopped and the driver obliged, taking her around the block on stops and dropping her off back home!

October 09 2013 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That was great !!! Love to see people doing great things. What a great bus driver, bless you !!!

October 08 2013 at 11:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

love this story - happy ending all around even for the little escape artist! kudos for the bus driver!

October 08 2013 at 10:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wonderful story with a happy ending! And the commentary is priceless.

October 08 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

That bus driver is awesome! If it were my dog, I would be the happiest camper. Hats off to the driver...

October 08 2013 at 9:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Mike Burchfield

Several years my basenji took off, Away I went after her, I saw a guy kick her. When got there I told him if she was hurt I was going to kick his a--, He called the cops, they were going to charge me with terroristic threats until I told the cop the guy had kicked her. The cop told him he was going to charge him with animal abuse, Did he still want to press the issue, He dropped it., You know the old saying do anything you want to me, but don't look cross eyed at my kids, well that goes for my dog too lol

October 08 2013 at 8:26 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Lovely Leslie

Awww, so sweet! What an absolutely awesome bus driver! :)

October 08 2013 at 8:23 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

That is the very best story I have heard in a very long time! The thoughtful and thinking bus driver is such a hero!

October 08 2013 at 6:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

That is the very best story I've seen in a very long time! Thank you to the thoughtful and thinking bus driver. You are a real hero in this story.

October 08 2013 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This made my whole day! And I didn't even have to watch the video! Hahahaha!! The commentary with the bus-cam snapshots was enough to make me laugh out loud the whole time I was reading it!
The whole thing is just cool!

October 08 2013 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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