Travels With Boji: Istanbul’s Commuter Dog

By Alan Taylor

Boji, a street dog living in Istanbul, Turkey, has become a popular sight on the city’s subways, ferries, trams, and buses. Chris McGrath, a photographer with Getty Images, recently joined Boji as he made his rounds, during which he can travel as much as 30 kilometers a day. “Since noticing the dog’s movements,” McGrath says, “Istanbul Municipality officials began tracking his commutes via a microchip and a phone app. Most days he will pass through at least 29 metro stations and take at least two ferry rides. He has learned how and where to get on and off the trains and ferries.”

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  • A dog lies on the floor of a subway car, surrounded by commuters who largely ignore him.

    Boji, an Istanbul street dog, rides a subway train in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog sits in a seat on a tram among other commuters.

    Boji rides Kadiköy's historic tram on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog stands on the ramp of a docked passenger ferry.

    Boji boards a ferry to Beşiktaş on October 21, 2021, in Istanbul.

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  • A dog on a ferry looks out through a railing as commuters take photos of him and the scenery.

    People watch as Boji rides a ferry on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog rests on a soft bench on a passenger ferry.

    Time for a rest: Boji finds a seat aboard a ferry to Beşiktaş on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog sleeps on the bench of a ferry.

    Boji naps on the ferry to Beşiktaş on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog walks through a tunnel in a subway station.

    Boji trots through a subway station to catch a train on October 21, 2021, in Istanbul.

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  • The tail and back legs of a dog are seen passing through subway station turnstiles.

    Boji passes through subway-station turnstiles on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog stands on a subway station platform, awaiting a train.

    Boji stands on a subway platform waiting for a train to arrive on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog waits to board a subway train.

    Boji allows other commuters to disembark while waiting to board a subway train on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog drinks from a bowl inside a subway station.

    Boji takes a drink from bowls provided for stray animals inside the Kadiköy subway station, before catching a train on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog lies on the floor of a tram, surrounded by commuters.

    Boji rides Kadiköy's historic tram on October 21, 2021, in Istanbul.

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  • A dog walks on a sidewalk with two passenger ferries docked in the background.

    Boji rounds a fence corner at the Kadiköy ferry station on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog lies in the sun on a ferry deck.

    Boji rests in the sun on a ferry to Beşiktaş on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog runs around a corner in a subway station.

    In the passageways of a subway station, Boji runs to catch a train on October 21, 2021.

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  • A dog runs alongside an arriving subway train.

    Boji chases an arriving subway train on October 21, 2021.

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  • A man pats a dog that lies on the floor of a subway train.

    A man pats Boji while riding a subway train on October 21, 2021.

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  • Caregivers brush and check a dog in an animal shelter.

    Boji is groomed and given a medical check by staff at an Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality animal shelter on October 8, 2021.

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