A series of photos commissioned by 'LIFE' magazine in 1947 have come to light, showing devoted seeing-eye cat, Baby, and his blind owner.
Baby the seeing-eye cat and his owner Carolyn Swanson, 1947. Photo: Loran F. Smith http://t.co/l36X10xisB pic.twitter.com/n36akkD9Al
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Cats have a reputation as the most untrainable of domestic animals. Carolyn Swanson decided to turn conventional wisdom on its head and trained her cat to lead her around town on a leash.
These pictures are being shared now by Life.com, for our amusement, but no one is sure what they were taken for at the time. And not an enormous amount is known about Swanson's reasons for turning Baby from a lap cat to a service animal, but there is a newspaper clipping that shows Baby receiving a medal for "faithful devotion to his blind mistress."
Cats. They can do anything...they just don't feel like it.