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

By James Bowen

While James Bowen chanced on an injured, ginger highway cat curled up within the hallway of his sheltered lodging, he had no inspiration simply how a lot his existence was once approximately to alter. James was once residing hand to mouth at the streets of London and the very last thing he wanted was once a puppy. but James could not face up to supporting the strikingly clever feline, whom he fast christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob again to well-being after which despatched the cat on his manner, imagining he might by no means see him back. yet Bob had different principles. quickly the 2 have been inseparable and their assorted, comedian and sometimes harmful adventures could rework either their lives, slowly therapeutic the scars of every other's bothered pasts. A highway Cat Named Bob is a relocating and uplifting tale that may contact the center of a person who reads it.

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Of course, I thought it was all bullshit. I was a messed-up teenager who thought he knew better than everyone. With the benefit of hindsight I can see that my mother must have been worried sick. She must have felt powerless and terrified of what was going to happen to me. But I was oblivious to other people’s feelings. I didn’t care and I didn’t listen to anyone. The situation got so bad between us that for a while I lived in Christian charity accommodation. I just passed my time away there, taking drugs and playing guitar.

It anaesthetised me from the cold and the loneliness. It took me to another place. Unfortunately, it had also taken a hold of my soul as well. By 1998 I was totally dependent on it. I probably came close to death a few times, although, to be honest, I was so out of it at times that I had no idea. During that period it didn’t occur to me to contact anyone in my family. I had disappeared off the face of the earth - and I didn’t really care. I was too wrapped up in surviving. Looking back at the time now, I can only imagine that they must have been going through hell.

Just bring him in and leave him with us in the morning. If everything goes to plan, you’ll be able to pick him up at the end of the day,’ she said. m. It was the first time that we’d travelled any distance from the flat together since our visit to the RSPCA. I hadn’t let him out of the flat, apart from to do his business downstairs, because he was still on his antibiotics. So I stuck him in the same green, plastic recycling box I’d used a fortnight earlier to take him to the RSPCA. The weather was miserable so I took the lid and let it rest loosely on the box once we were out and about.

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