Remember Ratty, the Jack Russel who
achieved worldwide fame for taking
the bus to the pub alone?

Sad news this week: he's been knocked
down and killed - at the bus stop.

The ten-year-old pooch became a celebrity
in 2006 when his owner Gary Kay revealed
how he loved to hop on the Number 10 and
travel five miles to join regulars at a
North Yorkshire pub.

He would charm the bar staff at the Black Bull
in York where he was fed sausages while
sitting with the locals - and his amazing
adventures featured in newspapers,
magazines and even a
Japanese TV show.

He was then barred from the Black Bull
when new owners took over but
simply changed his visits to the
nearby Rose and Crown.

Mr Kay, 45, said he was 'absolutely gutted' after
his beloved dog died last Thursday when he
was hit by a speeding driver just yards from
where he used to hitch his bus rides.

Shocked passengers waiting for a service saw
the horror and raised the alarm.
Ratty has now
been buried in the garden at his owner's farm in
Dunnington, near York.
Mr Kay had owned Ratty
since he was just eight weeks old and used
him to control rats on the farm,
hence his name.

The father-of-three said his young sons adored
their pet and have been left extremely upset by
his untimely death. Two of Mr Kay's other
terriers have been pining for him by
his graveside, he added.

"I believe keeping a dog chained up is unnatural
and he was very crafty and had never had an
accident before this. He really liked that little
part of the village. He loved sitting at the bus
stop. He was always very careful when
crossing the road so I blame the
driver for this", Mr Kay says.

"It's a 30mph limit outside my farm but they
speed along here like crazy. The people at the
bus stop who saw what happened were mortified.
They said the driver must have been doing
about 70mph and made no attempt
to avoid Ratty, and
he didn't stop."

While on the subject the BBC has an
article about mourning your pets.

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