Barking mad: Dog sneaks on a bus to Limerick city

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Bobby the dog bit off more than he could chew when he jumped on a bus from Ballyneety to Limerick city

Bobby the dog bit off more than he could chew when he jumped on a bus from Ballyneety to Limerick city

BOBBY the dog bit off more than he could chew when he jumped on a bus from Ballyneety to Limerick city.

His owner, Jim Phelan, must have thought he had gone barking mad when he got a phone call to say the pet he had let out of his home a few hours earlier was now in Colbert Station. The six and half-year-old Labrador Spaniel cross is safe and sound after his jaunt on Thursday morning.

It is not known if Bus Eireann, who have an association with Irish Red Setters, will charge Bobby, the fare dodger. That would be ‘ruff’ justice, indeed.

Jim said Bobby had been acting out of character all week.

“He was barking and scratching at doors wanting to be left out at ungodly hours of the night. I left him out at 5am and the next thing I knew I got a phone call at 8.45am asking, ‘Did I own a black dog?’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘Where is he?’ ‘Colbert Station,’ he said,” recalled Jim.

Normally Bobby never leaves the yard but he was in an adventurous mood on Thursday morning.

“It transpired he sneaked onto a bus at Kilcoolan Cross, just up the road, at 8.30am. An elderly lady was getting onto the bus and while the bus driver was taking her fare he sneaked in behind her.

“The bus takes children to school as well. Apparently the children were all mad about him and petting him. He is as friendly as could be. He is a very active dog and a very intelligent dog. He is looking up at me now because he knows I am talking about him. 

“He is totally spoiled, walks four miles every day and it is him who takes us for the walks! He demands it, he’s that kind of a dog. When he wants to be to fed he stands up and looks at us until we feed him,” said Jim, who is married to Rose.

Luckily, the couple had written a mobile phone number on a tag on Bobby’s collar.

“The lovely bus driver rang me and looked after him until I got in. When the dog runs away from home I have to sit up and take notice. We are now booked into a family reconciliation counselling service!” laughed Jim.

It’s a tall ‘tail’ that has a very happy ending.