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May 6, 2020

Meet Baby the Seeing-Eye Cat, 1947

In 1947, LIFE magazine dispatched a photographer to capture the special relationship between Carolyn Swanson and her seeing-eye cat; but the photographs never appeared in the magazine’s pages. Her Persian kitty named Baby was so loyal to her, he led her everywhere she wanted to go. He helped her leave the house, safely cross streets and go about her daily life.

A clipping from a local newspaper announced that Baby was awarded a medal “for faithful devotion to his blind mistress.” Though the cat posed stoically with his medallion, he seemed to favor a more humble reward: a heaping plate of cat food.


















(Photos by Loran F. Smith / The LIFE Picture Collection)

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