Saturday 20 January 2018

Every dog has its day

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A LITTLE dog ended up miles from home after he boarded a bus destined for university -- but eventually returned home none the wiser.

West Highland terrier Coby started his adventure yesterday when he wandered from his home in Newbridge, Co Kildare, to a bus stop.

Bus driver Jim Nolan (above) was too busy greeting passengers and taking fares to notice Coby slipping past and on to the bus. The four-year-old pooch didn't make a sound while he stood in the aisle and wasn't even noticed by Mr Nolan until the bus stopped a full 15 minutes later in Naas.

"I got to the post office in Naas and stopped to pick up people. The door opened and here was this fella standing in the aisle. He had no intention of getting off," laughed Mr Nolan.

A pet owner himself, Mr Nolan realised that Coby must have got on the bus in Newbridge.

He contacted his local radio station, Kfm, to find out whether anyone was missing a dog matching Coby's description. While the listeners were ringing in, Coby was enjoying his journey en route to NUI Maynooth, where first-year students were enjoying orientation week.

"When everyone cleared off the bus at the college, he was quite happy to stay," said Mr Nolan. "I realised when I saw him in Naas that I'd have to hang on to him as I picked him up in Newbridge. I wouldn't throw him out. He was a grand, friendly little lad."

If the owner hadn't come forward, Mr Nolan said he would have taken Coby in as a friend for his own West Highland terrier Mutu, named after a Romanian soccer player.

But with the help of Clem Ryan on Kfm's Kildare Today programme, Jim was able to add a special stop along the journey at Tougher's in Newbridge to hand back the terrier to the relieved McGrath family.

Irish Independent

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