Dogs
Clever stray dog helps kids cross the street safely
Kupata has become a superstar and hero in his town.
D.G. Sciortino
06.29.22

Kupata is a stray dog. But just because he doesn’t have a home doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a lot of love in his little dog heart.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Kupata absolutely loves children. That’s why he’s designated himself as the neighborhood crossing dog.

When Kupata wandered through the town of Batumi, Georgia, the community took to him pretty quickly.

“He came here 5 years ago from somewhere when he was a puppy, and since then he’s been living in the staircase of one of the apartments and people have been caring for him. Everybody loves Kupata,” the person running the dog’s Instagram account told Bored Panda.

It is believed that Kupata started helping local children to cross the street about two years ago.

Kupata will run out into the street and bark at cars that cross or are looking to cross.

He forces them to stop in their tracks, and when they do, he ushers the children along who are waiting on the sidewalks. And it’s one of the most hilariously adorable things we’ve ever seen.

“Kupata gets angry when a car crosses by every time,” a local resident told The Dodo. “He takes his job very seriously. And sometimes he waits for children for one hour, to make sure that they feel safe in the park and they cross the street safely.”

In addition to the children in town, Kupata has lots of friends: Nona, Beka, and a little girl who all feed him.

“Kupata grew up with kids, he loves playing with them. There is a park next to his place, so he is always playing with kids in that park,” Kupata’s social media guy said. “He loves sleeping a lot and he also enjoys eating sausages. Besides, he loves to play with children.”

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He loves sausage so much that Kupata is named after it. Kupata actually means “sausage.” Kupata also has another pet peeve besides drivers who prevent his kids from crossing.

He’s not big on people who are intoxicated and tends to bark at them. Kupata has become so popular that the Adjara Tourism Department fave him his very own dog house.

It lists a “People’s Choice” star. He was also painted on the wall of a local building in Batumi.

“He is popular not only in our country but in the whole World too. Since we published the video on how he is helping kids cross the road, many local people and tourists came to see Kupata and take some photos with him,” his social media guy said.

Kupata even inspired Batumi City Hall to create a pilot program named “Kupata,” which offers about $250 annually to people who adopt stray dogs in Batumi.

The City hopes the incentive of $22 a month will help to resolve the stray dog problem in the area.

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The program hopes to cover 100 dogs within the first year. So, Kupata has had quite an impact on this community.

Check out the video of Kupata helping the children cross the street in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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