NYC woman carries 52-pound dog in backpack to evade subway rules
That’s a lot of fluff for one bag!
A New York City woman and her canine companion went viral on social media after video caught the owner carrying her 52-pound pup in a backpack.
Jackie Hornung, who shared the video of her carrying her adorable Samoyed dog, Lumi, has touched millions of hearts on TikTok.
Upon entering a New York City subway, firmly secured in a backpack, with its fluffy ball head and bear-like paws resting on its owner’s shoulders, the video then cuts to the duo riding the train while Lumi takes his Owner towers over relaxed enjoying the ride.
The 1 1/2-year-old Samoyed, whose name means “snow” in Finnish and stands about two feet tall on all fours, “loves to be carried” and stays “pretty calm” while tucked into his backpack, Hornung said to Newsweek.
The video, which has been viewed more than three million times, has the internet in a tizzy for Lumi, but also raised questions as to why a large dog needs to be carried around in a backpack.
“Dogs have to be in bags on the New York subway! So that’s why he’s in a backpack,” reads the text overlay of Hornung’s video.
As bizarre as it sounds, Hornung is right and obeys the law.
“No one may bring an animal onto or into any transportation or facility unless it is contained in a container,” according to the MTA’s code of conduct and fines.
TikTok users questioned if Lumi got “squished” in the backpack, but Horning reassured concerned commenters that the bag was “quite roomy” and he could “sit naturally” inside.
“He gets a lot of pets, which he enjoys a lot,” the owner told Newsweek.
Described as “graceful” and “highly functional” pups with “eternal smiles,” the dog breed is known to be intelligent and social, but also mischievous and attention-seeking in search of love, according to the American Kennel Club.
After posting the video, Lumi received his fair share of attention in the comments section from TikTok users.
“He’s so FLUFFY,” commented one user.
“He’s so damn cute, like you’re wearing a cloud [in] your backpack,” wrote another.
“NGL, the safest train car you can choose because the cheer cloud will put all passengers at ease,” joked one user.
Lumi wasn’t the only one to receive praise, with other users also commenting on Horning’s ingenuity.
“I love it when I see people taking advantage of the fact that they made the rule so vague,” commented one user.
“You are clearly a great dog owner, that’s not only sweet but a commitment,” said another user.
“Just because they don’t enforce it doesn’t mean anything. I am grateful that she respects the law. It means the world for disabled handlers. Thanks,” wrote another.
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