Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can’t always hear everything around him while at sea. That’s where his cat comes in.
A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz – or Skatty for short – plays an important role when the pair go sailing around New Zealand.
“I am totally deaf and Skatty is my ears,” Thompson says. “Without any training, he has twigged that I don’t hear and of his own accord he lets me know if a boat comes alongside, people are at my door and when my phone receives text messages.”