What A Good Boy! Stray That Helps Kids Safely Cross The Street Is Honored By His Community
After a video of the pup went viral, his bravery and dedication are being rewarded.
We've heard of seeing-eye dogs that assist the blind, and therapy dogs have made headlines for helping to provide comfort and support to people. But a stray dog that acts as a crossing guard to make sure children can safely cross the street? That's a new one.
The world was first introduced to Kupata, a dog from Georgia (the country, not the city), when a video of him guiding a group of children across a crosswalk starting making the rounds earlier this year.
The video, which was captured in the town of Batumi, shows the black and white pooch running into the intersection ahead of a group of children. Then, he starts barking at the cars that have slowed to a stop as if to warn them to stay put. With his tail wagging non-stop, Kupata leads the children to the other side of the street, only leaving them once they've all reached the sidewalk.
Turns out, it wasn't the first, or the last, time that Kaputa helped to stop traffic so that humans could safely cross the street. This good boy has been acting as the corner's unofficial crossing guard for years, and he never misses a day of work.
People visit from all over the world to visit with Kupata. Lovely Kupata/Facebook
"Kupata gets angry when a car crosses by every time," a local resident told The Dodo. "He takes his job very seriously. And sometimes he waits for children for one hour, to make sure that they feel safe in the park and they cross the street safely."
Even though Kupata (which, by the way, means 'sausage' in English) was a stray when he arrived at the corner, he has been unofficially adopted by several community members who feed him and make sure he's taken care of.
"He has three best friends, the woman named Nona who feeds him, also one little girl, and Beka, who cares for him as well," Kupata's "social media rep" said.
Some folks say that Kupata's role as crossing guard is his way of showing his gratitude to the community for showing him such kindness.
"He came here five years ago from somewhere when he was a puppy, and since then he's been living in the staircase of one of the apartments and people have been caring for him," another local said. "Everybody loves Kupata."
The local tourism department recently honored Kupata by giving him a new dog house with a 'People's Choice' star printed on it. Lovely Kupata/Facebook
Since the video was posted, Kupata's fame has grown and people have traveled to Batumi from all over the world to pose for photos with the pup and give him treats.
Recently, the Adjara Tourism Department honored Kupata by giving him a brand new dog house with a personalized "People's Choice" star emblazoned on it. There's even a mural of the pup painted on the side of a building near the corner where he lives (and works).
Here's Kupata posing with the artist who painted his mural. Lovely Kupata/Facebook
We love stories of animals making a difference. We hope Kupata enjoys his new doggy digs and all the treats and belly rubs coming his way!
Kupata takes his job as a crossing guard very seriously - and he never takes a day off! Lovely Kupata/Facebook