A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen

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When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

Bob has entranced London like no feline since the days of Dick Whittington.

London Evening Standard

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An unusual book has appeared on the shelves of bookstores in Great Britain, telling about the history of the touching friendship between a cat and a person. When the author of the book James Bowen decided to help a homeless sick cat, he had no idea how his life would change. James lived from hand to mouth, selling magazines and playing guitar on the streets of London and the last thing he needed a pet. Before Bob came into his life, homeless musician James Bowen lived in a flop in northeast London, in Tottenham. James was barely making ends meet. He sang and played guitar for the tourists of Covent Garden and earned money by distributing The Big Issue magazine. James suffered from depression and used drugs. Everything changed in 2007, when a red stray cat appeared in his life, writes the Daily Mail. The tramp was limping and had a large abscess on his leg. James took him to the veterinary clinic, where he was treated. James took care of the cat despite his meager income. It turned out that this was enough for James` new furry friend. After a couple of weeks, the cat finally recovered, and the unfortunate musician wanted to send the stranger back to the street, but nothing came of it. According to him, the cat looked at him and said: "No, I`ll hang out with you!" Since then, they have been inseparable friends, together at home and at work. Bob turned out to be a very smart and affectionate cat. True, at first he refused to relieve himself in the tray and insisted that he be let out into the street. At first, James left his pet alone at home for the whole day. But Bob did not want to sit within four walls and each time he tried to run after the owner. James worried about him, tried to drive home because there are roads nearby that are dangerous to cross. Eventually, James gave up and took the little adventurer with him. Bob began to travel, sitting on James`s shoulder, attracting the attention of passers-by. The Big Issue magazines began to sell like hotcakes. Things went uphill. People willingly took magazines just to stroke the ginger cat. Bob became a fan favorite and helped James almost double his daily income. If earlier a street guitarist earned about 25 pounds a day, then with the appearance of a red-haired partner, all 60.

When James entertained tourists and townspeople in the Covent Garden area, the cat was sitting decorously on a guitar case, gratefully responding to the caresses of passers-by. Bob became a local favorite, many began to bring treats especially for him. People were amazed at Bob`s calmness, he could sit in one place all day, curiously watching what was happening, while James made his living. For the first time in his life, James really cared about someone, he began to feel responsibility for his ward and began to think about starting life anew, improving relations with his family and finally getting rid of drug addiction. Thanks to street performances, James and Bob became famous not only in London. Tens of thousands of people have watched YouTube videos and blog posts. Bob already has 243 friends on his own Facebook page. And recently, a publishing house helped a homeless musician release a book called "A Street Cat Named Bob". The book tells how a tramp and his cat found hope on the streets of the city. “I dreamed of becoming a rock star, just like any teenager. Who would have thought that I would eventually become a writer? " Says James. It`s amazing how one small event can change a person`s life.  Source

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An unusual book has appeared on the shelves of bookstores in Great Britain, telling about the history of the touching friendship between a cat and a person. When the author of the book James Bowen decided to help a homeless sick cat, he had no idea how his life would change. James lived from hand to mouth, selling magazines and playing guitar on the streets of London and the last thing he needed a pet. Before Bob came into his life, homeless musician James Bowen lived in a flop in northeast London, in Tottenham. James was barely making ends meet. He sang and played guitar for the tourists of Covent Garden and earned money by distributing The Big Issue magazine. James suffered from depression and used drugs. Everything changed in 2007, when a red stray cat appeared in his life, writes the Daily Mail. The tramp was limping and had a large abscess on his leg. James took him to the veterinary clinic, where he was treated. James took care of the cat despite his meager income. It turned out that this was enough for James` new furry friend. After a couple of weeks, the cat finally recovered, and the unfortunate musician wanted to send the stranger back to the street, but nothing came of it. According to him, the cat looked at him and said: "No, I`ll hang out with you!" Since then, they have been inseparable friends, together at home and at work. Bob turned out to be a very smart and affectionate cat. True, at first he refused to relieve himself in the tray and insisted that he be let out into the street. At first, James left his pet alone at home for the whole day. But Bob did not want to sit within four walls and each time he tried to run after the owner. James worried about him, tried to drive home because there are roads nearby that are dangerous to cross. Eventually, James gave up and took the little adventurer with him. Bob began to travel, sitting on James`s shoulder, attracting the attention of passers-by. The Big Issue magazines began to sell like hotcakes. Things went uphill. People willingly took magazines just to stroke the ginger cat. Bob became a fan favorite and helped James almost double his daily income. If earlier a street guitarist earned about 25 pounds a day, then with the appearance of a red-haired partner, all 60. When James entertained tourists and townspeople in the Covent Garden area, the cat was sitting decorously on a guitar case, gratefully responding to the caresses of passers-by. Bob became a local favorite, many began to bring treats especially for him. People were amazed at Bob`s calmness, he could sit in one place all day, curiously watching what was happening, while James made his living. For the first time in his life, James really cared about someone, he began to feel responsibility for his ward and began to think about starting life anew, improving relations with his family and finally getting rid of drug addiction. Thanks to street performances, James and Bob became famous not only in London. Tens of thousands of people have watched YouTube videos and blog posts. Bob already has 243 friends on his own Facebook page. And recently, a publishing house helped a homeless musician release a book called "A Street Cat Named Bob". The book tells how a tramp and his cat found hope on the streets of the city. “I dreamed of becoming a rock star, just like any teenager. Who would have thought that I would eventually become a writer? " Says James. It`s amazing how one small event can change a person`s life.  Source