In 1947 This Lady Had A Seeing Eye Cat

What’d you ever do?

1. In 1947, Loran Smith photographed a blind woman and her seeing-eye cat for LIFE magazine.

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2. The actual LIFE article doesn’t seem to be available online, but a little digging turned this up:

Davis County Clipper, January 31, 1947, via Utah Digital Newspapers.

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3. So let’s see how this works.

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4. Mr. Neighbor is all, “Can I help you cross the street?” and Mrs. Swanson is like, “Nah, I have a seeing eye cat, but thanks.”

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5. Now it’s time to cross the street. Baby is on the case…

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6. On a mission…

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7. Scopin’ out threats…

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8. Maybe sometimes not going in the right direction even…

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9. But that’s OK. We got it now.

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10. Most importantly, Baby is not going to let Mrs. Swanson step in front of any cars.

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11. Back home after a busy day of seeing eye catting…

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12. Snackin’ tough…

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13. Earning medals and stuff…

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14. …and showing off some cat lip.

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15. Good job, Baby!

All images (except the first one) by Loran Smith, © Time Inc.

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