Anyone who knows me knows I'm a superduper cat fan. I just love 'em. But you dog people (you know who you are) are always trying to razz me that dogs are smarter than cats -- sending me your silly "smart dog" YouTube videos as proof. Are you kidding me?!! Dogs do what their owners tell them to do. They wait for instructions. Cats, on the other hand, decide what they want to do. Like this cat, for instance. He decided he wanted to be a school crossing guard. So he became one.
Fifteen-year-old Sable apparently got tired of home retirement because one day he walked out to a school crossing zone near his home, and stood watch as the children crossed the road with the help of the official crossing guard.
Sable's owner, Tamara Morrison, said:
He just kept going out there, and we would watch him from the window. He just hung out there and couldn’t wait to be around the kids.
Sable walks outside right before the school bell rings -- so he must know when it's going to ring if he walks out before. Crazy, right?! Soooo smart. He stands on the sidewalk near the cross zone both morning and afternoon and watches all of the children cross, and then heads back inside. While old lore has it you should beware of a black cat crossing your path, these kids love it. Says one witness to this cat's awesome school safety monitor skills:
He’s out there just like the students are, whether it’s raining or snowing, or real hot and sunny, the cat’s out there, too.
This is supercute and I don't want to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but while cats are smart, they're not that smart. Plenty of free roaming cats get hit by a car. (I just consoled one friend through this the other night.) So, for me, preferably, the cat would stay inside. But maybe a brightly-colored school crossing uniform would help too.
Here's Sable the crossing guard cat:
Image via YouTube