New York City and its residents all revolve around the subway system. Even when its conditions are less than ideal, it’s still the primary mode of transportation for the bustling city. It's cheaper, easier, and sometimes quicker than taking a taxi or car share ride.
So when the NYC subway implemented a rule forbidding dogs that could not fit in a passenger’s bag, pet owners didn’t take it lying down. However, instead of disregarding the new rule, New Yorkers followed it to the letter. Luckily for them, the NYC subway didn’t specify how small the bag – or the dog – actually had to be in order for it to be allowed on the subway. So, take a look. Here are some cute pooches squished into some very appropriate sized bags.
This is the subway.With over 400 stations across the city, it’s the busiest rapid transit system in the United States.
It can get pretty crowded.The NYC subway is the leading form of transportation in the bustling city, and it sees over a billion riders per year.
And sure, it tends to get a little dirty.
With consistent service for so many passengers, it’s understandable that the subway may not always be squeaky clean.
What’s not so understandable? Why the subway apparently hates fun.According to the dog ban, “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container."
But that was no problem for the subway passengers of NYC.
NYC Subway Banned Dogs Unless They Fit In a Bag, Dog Owners Did Not Disappoint https://t.co/bvexQgGUmq— Kaymarion Raymond (@Kaymarion Raymond)1547305498.0
NYC subway expectations:Some pups easily met the requirement.
NYC passenger reality:
NYC Subway Banned Dogs Unless They Fit In a Bag, Dog Owners Did Not Disappoint https://t.co/5TecnLUiL2 #NewYorkCity… https://t.co/bIerml6er8— Bob Bentz ⚾ (@Bob Bentz ⚾)1547131322.0
This dog is 100% subway approved.
NYC Subway Banned Dogs Unless They Fit In a Bag, #Dog Owners Did Not Disappoint https://t.co/IvPyetc0bc… https://t.co/mV41LrZd44— purplegator ☔ ☮ (@purplegator ☔ ☮)1547132470.0
This dog also somehow meets the requirements.
NYC subway only allows dogs that can fit in a bag. How'd he do this? @mesmitch @invisibleman_17 @SirPatStew… https://t.co/BzoBO9bDEa— We Love Dogs, USA (@We Love Dogs, USA)1499026340.0
Honestly, there doesn’t seem to be a problem with any of these good boys and girls.Every dog is on its best behavior, because why wouldn’t it be?
Some did seem to be using magic to bend the rules.
NYC will only let you bring a dog on the subway if it can fit in a bag https://t.co/7UwwuwNXYA— PUP VIDEOS (@PUP VIDEOS)1499435174.0
While others just did the bare minimum.
@CuteEmergency This is the best one https://t.co/HV2mBs5dSV— La Llama (@La Llama)1509402468.0
When people started posting their creative solutions to the subway’s new rule, the Internet was immediately obsessed.
You can’t bring a dog on the subway unless it fits in a bag. Me: https://t.co/JjclK5rXOX— Paws (@Paws)1546444506.0
The various dog-to-bag ratios were all perfect in their own way.
New York City banned dogs in the NYC subway unless they fit in a bag. New Yorkers did not disappoint. Perfect brea… https://t.co/pbHjERUg6f— Anna Massoglia (@Anna Massoglia)1496794162.0
People were ready to do the absolute most.
I learned in NYC dogs have to fit in bags to ride the subway. Annnnnd doggy bags have a whole new meaning for me no… https://t.co/sAft8YeWda— Stephanie Patrick (@Stephanie Patrick)1501620912.0
Others prepared to defend their dogs with legalese.
@annalecta More fine-print: "Paragraph (1) of this subdivision does not apply to despondent dogs poking out of suit… https://t.co/KhmpZGsWTA— Jacob Gershman (@Jacob Gershman)1496838683.0
The photos sparked a #dogsinbags movement.
Apparently dogs are only allowed on New York subway if fit in a bag. So @Tedbear_dog is practising just in case. Le… https://t.co/mHakAVcSwr— John Nichol (@John Nichol)1496829586.0
Fine, this is just an excuse to show you more dogs in bags.
Good morning.☺️ #dogsinbags https://t.co/oGY75WQi5p— Comrade Detective 🔍🌹🍞 (@Comrade Detective 🔍🌹🍞)1526561547.0
Let’s play, “Find The Dog in This Picture."
Nothing to see here #subwaydog #dogsinbags https://t.co/BD9xYhI83k— michiko (@michiko)1497397447.0
Yup, nothing will top this.
Taking #dogsinbags to a new level. A dog carrying a dog in a bag. https://t.co/FqF6BMv6v3— Woof Blitzer (@Woof Blitzer)1496938303.0
The NYC subway isn’t the only transportation system laying down the law against beloved pets.
Delta Just Banned "Pit Bull Type" Dogs As Service And Support Animals And People Are Pissed https://t.co/MDWzOIrQae— Ellie Hall (@Ellie Hall)1529614411.0
The airline claims the new rule is in place as a safety precaution after several employees were bitten.
@ delta Just banned “pit bull” type dogs as service animals and ESAs. Agreed that there needs to be better federal… https://t.co/ZUpUnCxHH7— Antoinette Carey (@Antoinette Carey)1529697400.0
The policy also limits Delta flyers to one emotional support animal per trip.
A statement from @ASPCA CEO Matt Bershadker about @Delta’s policy to ban pit bulls. https://t.co/R42IA2wHKX— ASPCA (@ASPCA)1529610984.0
Service animals can offer incomparable support to those in need.
Hey @SouthwestAir a flight attendant on the plane to ALB is questioning if a part pitbull can be an #ESA. Might nee… https://t.co/uOUR556h4U— Virtual.PhanArt.Net (@Virtual.PhanArt.Net)1545756338.0
I mean, who wouldn’t want to see this on an airplane?Way better view than a window seat.
Talk about in-flight entertainment.
Support animals can make some really difficult situations feel just a little better.Yes I do feel emotionally supported thank you so much.
Things are always easier with your best friend by your side.I can honestly feel the love from here.
So New Yorkers, please keep bringing your dogs on the subway.No matter what size they are.
To the NYC subway, sorry not sorry.
the nyc subway dog ban unless they fit in a bag pics are gold— Jorge (@Jorge)1546992101.0