CBS Newspath – Getting to work using public transit can be a headache at times. But in one of Europe’s largest cities, commuters say having a canine lifts everyone’s spirits.
Boji the dog has a busy schedule. For several months now, the stray dog â€‹â€‹has been a regular commuter on ferries, buses and subways in Istanbul. It attracts the attention of passengers and traffic officials. “It was very interesting and we had started to follow him,” says Aylin Erol, Head of Customer Relations at Metro Istanbul.
They fitted Boji with a tracking device that showed he traveled about 20 miles a day and loved the city’s subways. Traffic officials say Boji makes at least 29 subway stations every day and enjoys ferries to an island off the city’s coast on weekends. He prefers the middle part of the car, called â€œBojiâ€ in Turkish, from which he got his name.
Boji’s star power increases on social media, where fellow travelers post their favorite pictures. A commuter says it’s nice to see stray animals among commuters.
People say Boji is pretty polite too. â€œWhen the door is open, you have to let people out first. He knows this rule very well, â€says Erol.
The puppy’s popularity has earned him a lifetime free passport as well as a permanent place in the hearts of commuters.