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A Street Cat Named Bob

Updated on January 24, 2015
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

A Story of Hope and Friendship

Street Cat Named Bob is a moving story of how one cat and his man found hope on the streets.

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.

Deep Soul Surfer

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

So sang Ralph McTell in Streets Of London

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.

High Paw, Bob!

What do you think?

Just who rescued whom?

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© 2012 Vladimir

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    • winter aconite profile image

      winter aconite 

      5 years ago

      I've just finished reading the book! Amazing story!!!!

    • Monika Weise profile image

      Monika Weise 

      5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      What a wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I love cats like Bob.

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      5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great story - I love his High Five

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      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Rescued animals really do give back. I have been experiencing this for the past year. It is amazing and true. They have the power to heal.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I love cat tales which have a happy ending. I'm happy for every stray pet that manages to find a home and a heart that loves him or her. So happy these two found each other in London.

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      5 years ago

      Loved the book they saved each other! Will look them up when I go to London!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      After voting for the cat rescued the man, I saw the final answer and think I should have voted that way. Lovely review, touching story, blessed.

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      Stephen Bush 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Although the cat is cute, and the story is simple, it's genuinely revealing about the kind of life led by people who live on the bottom rung of society's ladder

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      6 years ago

      Heartwarming story about a street cat and a homeless man helping each other

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely story! It just goes to show that all you need is a bit love to get you though the hard times.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, this story makes me wonder just who rescued who?

      Headbutts to Vladi from all of the Hooligans.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Beasts sometimes bring out the best in humans...this was the case in this story. This cat gave this man some comfort and in doing so, gave him a reason to live and to live better. Bless them both and bless this lens.


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