Meet Mary Jane the tabby cat, the companion of Rudi Saldia, a 25 years old Philadelphia bike courier for IDS.
Mary Jane was born on April’s fool 2012 in a closet drawer of Rudi’s bedroom. While MJ’s siblings found new homes, MJ becomes Rudi’s first cat because MJ is very attached to Rudi and his girlfriend.
Rudi found out that MJ is capable to perch on his shoulder so he decided to allow MJ to ride on his shoulder when he is out to deliver packages on bike.
From single block to 25 miles, Rudi hopes MJ can do 100 miles by next September. This is a short clip of MJ taking a ride with Rudi:
Obviously MJ loves to be on Rudi’s shoulder while roaming the city. You can tell that MJ feels safe and comfortable on Rudi’s shoulder and she never perch with her claws on.
Rudi has trained and handled sugar gliders to perch on his shoulder so MJ was a success out of Rudi’s curiosity. People on the streets were amazed by a cat that rides on a cyclist’s shoulder and the reactions are positive.
It is said that speed and dogs are not a problem to MJ but odd sirens are. Rudi will sprint if they encounter noisy vehicles, to make MJ feels safe. MJ also enjoys the buzz of the streets. The duo were seen eating in sidewalk cafes and hanging out in a few bars.