Cats, Addiction and Hope

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

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Read in April, 2013
This is a true story and as such one you should really all read.
A young male cat is injured in a fight and comes in from the cold and adopts a recovering addict.
The recovering addict – the author of the book James – takes the cat – now named Bob – everywhere with him. The cat is amazingly tame and will walk on a lead and sit while James busks, and even goes about sitting on James’ shoulder even onto buses.
James now feels he has to take responsibility for another person and moves away from his self-centredness of addiction as he has another person to feed – a dependant. James thinks of Bob as his child to provide for. He realises that he needs steady work rather than the unreliability of busking. eventually he moves towards completely ending his addiction and a drug-free life.
A follow-on book is due out shortly but a children’s book has already been written – with the nice bits about Bob and not James.
There are some YouTube videos created by passersby about Bob and he looks really good.
So a book of hope and faith and the value of pets to those with some illness, whether of the body or the mind. Think about the petting dogs (and donkeys..!)that are taken into hospitals…
I didn’t get teary but certainly emotional – and I love cats so hate to see them wild and feral and have fostered a stray – who happened to be pregnant and provided us with 6 kittens (the vet said one or two…) and thus we ended up with 9 cats for a while! until I got her re-homed. We kept one kitten though – the runt we had feed and babied along. I clearly remember sitting in my armchair with my legs up and 6 kittens nestling on me.. a time to be remembered..
Oh, here is our cat in the winter – guess who is cold? and yes, she did this herself…
A Winter Cat

A Winter Cat


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  4. maureenjenner

    I was looking at this book in WH Smiths yesterday but as I already had two in my hand decided to leave it for another time. Will definitely make it my next buy. Thanks for sharing.


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