Jessica Leatherman’s 7-year-old daughter began taking the school bus this year when she entered first grade. But she does not stand at the bus stop by herself.
Craig, the family’s rescue cat, is making certain she goes to school safely.
Leatherman found the black and white cat at an adoption event in 2019 and adopted him. Craig had spent eight and a half months in the shelter, and he fit right in as soon as he joined the family.
“He is very, very laid back. I don’t think there’s a single thing that can rattle him there could be thunder and lightning, and he doesn’t even wake up,” Leatherman told The Dodo. “When he is awake, he’s like a clown. He loves to knock things off of countertops to make you pay attention to him.”
Craig has a strong bond with Leatherman’s kid and was intrigued by her new daily ritual. He began running to the door and meowing whenever she left for the bus, so Leatherman decided to open the door to let the cat see her depart.
“When it happened, I was like, ‘Is he really doing this?’ And as soon as she got on, I expected him to wander back to me, but he sat there and made sure she got on the bus and then watched it drive away,” she added. “He will not leave the corner of the bus stop until it is out of sight.”
Leatherman assumed Craig dropping off his sister at the bus stop would be a one-time thing, but it’s since become their morning routine — one that he takes very seriously.