Woman with 52-pound dog has creative solution to NYC subway rule

What is the owner of a large, fluffy dog to do when the New York City subway requires all dogs to be carried in bags? If you’re Jackie Hornung, you strap your lovable ball of fur into a large backpack and watch yourself go viral.

Hornung and her adorable companion, a 1.5-year-old Samoyed dog named Lumi, have stolen hearts with their creative way to get him on the local subway.

“No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container,” read the MTA’s Rules of Conduct and Fines


@littlebearlumi Replying to @mjaucrame Big dawg. Big backpack #fyp #dog #puppy #samoyed #nyc #funnydog ♬ Collide (more sped up) – Justine Skye

Lumi, which translates to “Snow” in Finnish, stands approximately two-feet tall while on all fours and is 52-pounds of fluff and fun. Hornung spoke to Newsweek to clear up some questions that she often gets while toting the dog around. She explained that he actually “loves being carried” and stays “pretty calm” in the backpack, where she says he can “sit naturally” without being squished or squeezed in. Likely his favorite part of the trips is all the pets he gets from enamored passengers who can’t resist his happy smile.

But while New York is busy making sure that people with pets are following the rules, crime in the subway continues to rise seemingly unabated. Stabbings, beatings, and people being pushed onto the tracks continue to plague wary commuters. A New York Post article from March 18 details how a new $27M train on the A line was swiftly taken over by drug-abusers, vagrants and other people exhibiting “boorish behavior.”

“On Tuesday afternoon, three homeless men and a junkie were found in varying states of consciousness across four of the 10 swanky cars,” the piece reads. “One man was zonked out and muttering to himself, and others stretched out on benches to nap during rush hour. The Post witnessed a group of teens in the gap between two cars, hanging their arms underneath the moving train to record the sound of the wheels.”


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