Jessica Leatherman’s 7-year-old daughter started taking the school bus this year when she entered first grade. She does not, however, stand alone at the bus stop.
Craig, the family’s rescue cat, is in charge of making sure she goes to school safely.
After viewing the black and white cat at an adoption event in 2019, Leatherman decided to adopt him. Craig had spent eight and a half months in the shelter and fit right in with the family as soon as he arrived.
“He’s a really laid-back guy.” Leatherman told The Dodo, “I don’t think there’s anything that can shake him – there might be thunder and lightning and he wouldn’t even wake up.” “He’s like a clown when he’s awake.” He enjoys knocking items off of counters in order to get you to pay attention to him.”
Craig has a particular bond with Leatherman’s daughter and was intrigued by her new daily ritual. Leatherman decided to unlock the door to allow the cat see her daughter off for the bus after he began running to the door and meowing everytime she was leaving for the bus.
“I decided I’d let him come outside [to] hang out with me because the bus stops right in front of our house,” Leatherman explained. “But instead of hanging out with me, he decided to hang out with her, and he followed her down the sidewalk and into the driveway, where he sat the entire while she waited for the bus.”
“I was thinking, ‘Is he really doing this?’ when it happened.” “I expected him to return to me as soon as she boarded, but he remained there and made sure she got on the bus before watching it drive away,” she continued. “He won’t leave the bus stop’s corner until it’s out of sight.”
Craig handing off his sister at the bus stop was supposed to be a one-time event, but it’s now part of their morning routine, which Leatherman takes extremely seriously.
Leatherman stated, “He’s been doing it every day.” “He’s appointed himself to the position.” I’m not sure why, but it’s really nice.”
“Now all the neighborhood kids know him,” Leatherman recalled, “and the whole bus is like, ‘Craig!’ whenever they pull up.” “In a way, he’s just become this lovely little neighborhood mascot.”