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

By James Bowen

Whilst James Bowen chanced on an injured, ginger road cat curled up within the hallway of his sheltered lodging, he had no concept simply how a lot his existence used to be approximately to alter. James used to be dwelling hand to mouth at the streets of London and the very last thing he wanted used to be a puppy. but James could not face up to aiding the strikingly clever feline, whom he quick christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob again to health and wellbeing after which despatched the cat on his method, imagining he could by no means see him back. yet Bob had different rules. quickly the 2 have been inseparable and their various, comedian and sometimes harmful adventures may rework either their lives, slowly therapeutic the scars of every other's afflicted pasts. A highway Cat Named Bob is a relocating and uplifting tale that may contact the guts of someone who reads it.

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I didn’t get along with Nick either. And I was very independent-minded. I became a tearaway, a wild kid who was always out late, always defying my mother and generally thumbing his nose at authority, no matter what form it took. It wasn’t surprising that I had soon developed a knack for getting myself into trouble, something I have never quite shaken off. Predictably, I got into drugs, at first sniffing glue, probably to escape from reality. I didn’t get addicted to it. I only did it a couple of times after seeing another kid doing it.

Except it was easy to spot his distinctive ginger fur, bobbing and weaving around. Each time I saw him, I’d stop and wave my arms, flamboyantly waving him back. He’d limp away, reluctantly, throwing me a few betrayed looks as he went. Eventually he’d get the message and disappear. When I got back six or so hours later, he would be waiting for me at the entrance to the flats. Part of me wanted to prevent him from coming in. But that part was overwhelmed by the one that wanted to invite him up to the flat once more to curl up at my feet.

That was the plan. I would stay for six months, hang out with my half-sister and pursue my grand dreams of making it as a musician. But things wouldn’t exactly go to plan. At first, I went to stay with my half-sister in south London. My brother-in-law hadn’t taken too kindly to my arrival. As I say, I was a rebellious teenager who dressed like a Goth and was - probably - a complete pain in the arse, especially as I wasn’t contributing to the household bills. In Australia I’d worked in IT and sold mobile phones but back in the UK I couldn’t land a decent job.

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