Stray Canine Is Istanbul’s Most Popular Public Transport Commuter



Boji, a stray dog from Istanbul, Turkey has become so familiar with the local public transportation system that he casually uses several means of transportation — bus, subway, train, and even the ferry — every day. It’s unclear when Boji, a crossbreed of Sivas Kangal and shepherd dog, figured out that using public transportation was much more convenient than walking for hours, but he's been doing it for long enough that people noticed. Photos and videos of him riding various modes of transportation have been going viral on social media for months now, turning the canine into a social media sensation. Thanks to a tracker that can only be checked by the municipal authorities, Boji mostly uses the T1 tram line, which runs from Kabataş to Bağcılar via the historical peninsula of Istanbul, while his second favorite means of transport is the M4 metro line, a 16-mile, 19-station rapid transit line. Boji stops off at least 29 metro stations each day, with some of his trips reaching up to 18 miles on any given weekday. He will even cross the Bosphorus Strait by ferry in order to travel between the continents of Europe and Asia. The smart pooch seems to know all the basic rules of public transport, giving way to the disembarking passengers and only entering the vehicle after all the humans have disembarked. When he needs to use the metro, Boji rides the escalator or takes the elevator underground, and when he rides the ferry, he hangs out on the terrace if it’s warm and goes inside if it’s cold or raining. Nobody seems to mind the pooch traveling on public transportation. In fact, people love nothing more than to bump into the dog during their commute because it brightens up their day.