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    Default The giant dog that's become a big hit on London's underground

    A canine commuter has become a minor celebrity on the London Underground thanks to his giant frame.
    Rufus the Pyrenean mountain dog travels on the capital's transport network with his owner Michael Stavrides and has won the hearts of fellow commuters.
    Stavrides, 50, takes the tube journey from Pinner to Baker Street daily with his oversized pal and says that the reaction to the five-year-old dog has been overwhelmingly positive.

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    Canine commuter: Rufus the Pyrenean mountain dog on the tube
    with his owner Michael Stavrides

    'It's amazing the reaction of people as I take Rufus on the train.
    'Although he does tend to slump across the carriage floor people absolutely love him,' says Michael, who owns the Fine Art Gallery in Marylebone.
    'People actually tell me they get on the train that isn't their train just to go to the next stop with him.
    'They tell me it makes their day, particularly as we're going through a credit crunch.'
    Michael also says famous fans including Matt Lucas, Barbara Windsor and Dale Winton have all stopped to pat Rufus.
    'I've even had people park their cars just to get out to say hello and take a picture with him.'
    But some grumpy travellers aren't so happy to share carriage space with the friendly pooch.
    A lively debate started in a London paper when someone calling themselves NOTDOGLOVER texted in to ask if anyone had seen "pony-like" Rufus and stated that they objected to his poochy presence on the rush hour commute.

    Next stop Barking: The giant dog that's become a hit on London's underground | Mail Online

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    I puffy-pink heart Rufus!!! So cute!
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    What a big old lovable hunk of dog.
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    He is a cutie pie. I love big dogs, the bigger the better. I've never heard a bad thing about the huge dog breeds, temperament-wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogsBun View Post
    He is a cutie pie. I love big dogs, the bigger the better. I've never heard a bad thing about the huge dog breeds, temperament-wise.
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    are dogs (other than guide dogs) allowed on public transport?? He is adorable but still i think i would be annoyed at having him on the train during peak hour.
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    I betcha you'd have to take a shovel with you when he goes out for a shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    are dogs (other than guide dogs) allowed on public transport?? He is adorable but still i think i would be annoyed at having him on the train during peak hour.
    I agree with this. It's rush hour, meaning limited space. The dog didn't pay for a ticket - and it annoys me that the man couldn't go in early, or go later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icepik View Post
    I betcha you'd have to take a shovel with you when he goes out for a shit!

    I have a Great Pyrenees too, its really not that bad. Hey my girl is 5, maybe she should hook up with Rufus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleuth View Post
    are dogs (other than guide dogs) allowed on public transport?? He is adorable but still i think i would be annoyed at having him on the train during peak hour.
    Washington, DC's public transit system does not permit animals of any kind on the metro except guide dogs.

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    Aww he's gorgeous! I love love love this breed, I wish my house and garden was big enough to have one, they're so beautiful. They have such great temperaments too, really nice doggies. Awww!!!!
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