How a feral cat helped a homeless junkie turn hiz life around
Homeless street performer, James Bowen, waz down on hiz luck and struggling with addiction until he met a stray cat named Bob. Now, he iz an accomplished author and hiz books charting their friendship haz propelled him into an elite publishing club. All thanks to hiz kitty!
Just a few years ago, Bowen waz down and out, selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, on rainy London streets, when hiz fortune changed forever...
In 2007, Bowen, a recovering drug addict and homeless, found an injured Bob curled up on a step. “He gave me this look, almost saying, ‘help’, but also ‘sort it out’,” said the author today. The cat had an abscess on hiz leg, and Bowen cobbled together money for antibiotics and nursed the little kitty back to health.
Bob started to accompany James, travelling on hiz shoulder on the busy London streets, on buses and the Underground. While James waz playing hiz guitar and singing, Bob would calmly sit on hiz bag, or in the guitar case.
The effect on the day’s takings waz dramatic; as James put it, the cat made him cease to be ‘invisible’, as people stopped to chat, stroke Bob and take photographs. As time went on, Bob gained a proper harness and lead for hiz safety, he waz neutered and microchipped — and became a very important part of James’ life. ‘He’s what I wake up for every day now,’ says James.
Little over two years later, James’ life haz been completely transformed! Back then he could have had no idea about the global celebrities he and Bob would become.
In 2010, Bowen published hiz first book, “A Street Cat Named Bob — and How He Saved My Life.” It quickly became a best-seller.
Bob not only kept him company, he high fived people on the streets, traveled the bus and subways so frequently he got hiz very own passenger card, and he single pawedly fought off a mugger!
“Our story seemed to connect with people who were facing difficult times in their lives. Hundreds of them wrote to me or contacted us via social media. I was immensely proud," Bowen said.
“Lots of artistic people have cats,” said Bowen. “The thing about artists and cats is that cats are the owners of their own souls. They don’t have a master, and artists feel that way too sometimes. A person can find a cat their muse. Bob is my muse.”
The cat, however, “isn’t a deity – although he sometimes gets treated as one,” said Bowen. “He gets the most fan mail of any author in the Hachette company, [but] he’s still naughty. I’ve had to put child locks on the fridge.”
Bowen, now living in a rented flat, iz currently working on a new series of books for children – apparently Bob himself chose the artwork by placing hiz paw on hiz approved illustrator – as well as a children’s adaptation of The World According to Bob.
How awesome iz Bob?? Check out the great video below!
via the open mind
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