Dog lifting the spirits of public transport commuters in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey (CBS) – Getting to work on public transport can sometimes be a headache. But in one of Europe’s biggest cities, commuters say a canine companion lifts everyone’s spirits.
Boji the dog has a busy schedule. For a few months now, the stray dog has been traveling regularly on Istanbul’s ferries, buses and subways. It attracts the attention of passengers and transport managers. “It was quite interesting and we had started to follow it,” explains Aylin Erol, customer relations manager at Metro Istanbul.
They outfitted Boji with a tracking device that revealed he traveled about 20 miles a day and loved the city’s subways. Transportation officials say Boji serves at least 29 metro stations each day and takes advantage of ferry weekends to an island off the city’s coast. It favors the central part of the car, called “boji” in Turkish, hence its name.
Boji’s star power is skyrocketing on social media where fellow passengers post their favorite photos. A commuter says it’s nice to see stray animals among the commuters.
People say Boji is also very polite. “When the door is open, you have to let people out first. He knows this rule very well, ”says Erol.