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A Street Cat Named Bob
A Story of Hope and Friendship
Bob is a ginger tom who adopted a London busker and Big Issue seller, James Bowen, back in 2007.
Together they faced the lonely world of the homeless, together they overcame the odds. Now they tell their story.
I do NOT agree with cats being out on the streets busking to crowds. Far too dangerous!
Kittehs, don't try this at home.
How Bob and Bowen met
James Bowen's life wasn't looking too good in 2007.
He was on a methadone programme, living in sheltered accommodation and barely making ends meet from busking in London's Covent Garden.
One night he found a thin and injured ginger tom on his doorstep.
Bowen took the stray cat in, an arrangement which filled as much a need in him as in the cat. Bob became part of his life.
With the responsibility of looking after a cat, Bowen took positive steps to get his life in order.
Bob had offered the possibility of a second chance.
Bob Busking in the Street
The Story of Bob
Down and Out in the Streets of London
So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind
There are plenty of people, just like James Bowen, on the streets of London and plenty more in other cities around the world. Not all their stories, like this one of James and Bob, have good endings.
James Bowen, with the help of Bob, made the final push to put his life back together. He started a battle against methadone, the heroin substitute, and won his personal war against drug dependency. He is now drug-free.
Reviews for Street Cat Named Bob
- Conscious Cat
I love stories about people who change their lives for the better. I love those stories even more when the catalyst for that change is a cat (pun intended). I was pretty sure that I would love Street Cat Named Bob
- Good Reads
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
- Waterstone's Reviews
As a cat-lover and an owner of a cheeky ginger cat, I just had to read this book! I cannot describe how much I love this beautiful story! It is told in a really friendly way by James Bowen, who is extremely likeable and his love for Bob comes across
High Paw, Bob!
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