The self-appointed crossing guard strongly deters drivers from encroaching upon the crosswalk by wildly barking at them.
A stray pooch in Georgia has taken it upon himself to be a guardian to little children who cross a busy intersection in his locality. The self-appointed crossing guard strongly deters drivers from encroaching upon the crosswalk by wildly barking at them.
He continues to do so until kids holding hands with their teacher safely make their way to the other side of the road. "He’s a very serious boy," shared Tamta, a member of the community that looks after the dog named Kupata, which is Georgian for "sausage." Tamta added, "He never goes to other streets."
Per reports, the dutiful dog is an Australian shepherd, a breed that is known for being "very protective of their families and territory and will let you know if strangers approach." Maybe that's why he instinctively runs up and down the road beside little children, he cares for deeply.
While Australian shepherds are known for being protective, they are not considered aggressive and it is something Tamta is trying to prove as well. Apparently, her friend Beqa filmed Kupata's diligent work in order to show people that stray dogs are not as dangerous as people believe them to be.
According to Yahoo! News, Kupata's friendly nature has encouraged locals to take good care of him and keep him well fed. What's more, Kupata even has his own kennel now and continues to do his good work which began about two years ago. Sometimes he even waits for the kids to return to the intersection just so he could help them cross back to the other side.
Nona Zakareishvili recalled how Kupata, who started his life on the street, ended up outside her doorsteps four years ago. "He came to our house four years ago. He was still a puppy. I laid out a rug for him and he's been living here ever since. When I open my door he's waiting for me to feed him," she said. Witnessing his diligence and love for children, the Regional Tourism office gifted him his own home.
"Kupata is the lucky one because we all take care of him, but there are other dogs that aren’t lucky—that don’t have shelter, they don’t have food. This is a problem in our country," explained Tamta.
Watch Georgia's famous "guard dog" prove to the world that strays are not all that bad but are equally deserving of our love like our pets at home:
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