We spend a lot of time around these parts lamenting the atrocious subway etiquette of straphangers, whether they're tying used condoms to subway poles or spreading their hair all over the seats. But it's also important to look at the flipside of the shame cycle, and commend people for being considerate and bringing joy to other people. And the best way of spreading joy? Bringing a puppy on your commute (or ants, I guess, if you're more of an ant person).
But as we've learned, there are plenty of people who still fuck even this up—people who turn their dogs into etiquette-breaking criminal accessories. Not every dog is a magical dog sent here to sit on the seats like a person!
But we come here to praise good subway behavior: reader Jessica Taylor spotted the pup above on the R train around 7:45 a.m. this morning. "I had the pleasure of spotting this wolfy black fox kit pup on the subway," she told us. "He was very sweet, looking around and putting his nose in people's hair. We [petted] him and he seemed to enjoy it immensely, he was very friendly and so soft! He was also quite frisky with his little pink tongue."
And this is, truly, the best way to transport a doggie on the subway so as to give everyone a chance to say hello and be distracted from the smells and human detritus floating everywhere: "What was so funny was that his front two paws were out of the back pack and the back half of him was in, but he seemed to have no desire to jump out," she added.
But he didn't jump out, because he is a Very Very Good Dog indeed.
Technically speaking, all dogs are supposed to be in carrying cases if they're on the subway (unless they're emotional/service dogs). The most important thing, as far as we're concerned, is that subway riders are taking up the least amount of space possible for their dogs (and allowing for the most amount of person-to-dog interaction as possible—if you're going to bring a dog on the subway, you better prepare yourself for people to want to touch it). So let's take a look at some other examples of proper dog carrying subway etiquette.
If you squish your dog in a bag like a Tetris piece, you're doing fine.
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 28, 2015
If you decide to place them inside a small stroller so they can get a sense of what it's like living inside a malaria tent, you're doing great.
Lady pulls stroller next to me on subway. Bummed it's gonna be a loud baby. No it's a dog. My day started FANTASTIC pic.twitter.com/dHk2YKnYGl
— psamp (@psamp) February 5, 2015
If you want to put the dog on your lap (and you know it's well-behaved enough to handle the attention), then go for it.
— Alex Butler (@AlexWritesNews) October 25, 2014
Dog on the subway dog on the subway 😍 pic.twitter.com/D66AAfN951
— Lainna Fader (@lainnafader) September 27, 2014
Placing the dog under your seat/feet also seems pretty reasonable to us (especially if they're on a leash):
— Rooster Cogburn (@MorseCode92) October 25, 2014
Frank the Pug is just a regular dog who takes up too much room on the NYC Subway pic.twitter.com/BV7clP2dXo
— Feline Frequency (@catfreq) January 25, 2015
But letting the pups spread out all over the train car and on the seats? Probably not cool.
Subway dog! pic.twitter.com/lfmzG1xZC8
— Alex Weisler (@alexweisler) August 10, 2014
someone brought their dog on the subway im pic.twitter.com/F3p1cV0KKj
— #stopdaddy2015 (@PUELLAMAGl) September 9, 2014
Found a giant dog in the subway lol you can't do this in Japan pic.twitter.com/m3D33YqE6R
— Kenichiro (@kenichiro0801) September 18, 2014
Because at the end of the day, the best method remains the simplest: stuff the puppy into a shoulder bag, and let its dumb little head poke out to observe the world.
Subway bag dog was my highlight of New York day #1. Sleeping lady was a distant 4th. pic.twitter.com/swFyFs2xIz
— Matt Gibb (@Matt_Gibb) June 28, 2014
eating/dogs /////// there was dog on the subway pic.twitter.com/zrTRBzHaW6
— tony (@nonbinarytwelve) February 7, 2015
Subway dog pic.twitter.com/30d8k4Hx8i
— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) June 26, 2014
Even large dogs can fit in totes:
I should start a collection of ways people transport their dogs on the subway. #1: Large dog in tote bag pic.twitter.com/2lWxQdhynO
— Clare Toeniskoetter (@claretennis) December 22, 2014
— Buddy Dog HS (@BuddyDogHS) January 24, 2015
Hell, even a plastic bag can work when you're in a pinch:
Because we can tell you from experience: they're happy just to be there with you.
Betty & Barney (Ben Yakas)