Meet The Ginger Cat Bob Who Changed A Homeless Man’s Whole Life

This is a story about a miracle. About the red furry miracle that changed the life of a homeless drug addict and made him a rich man. About an amazing cat named Bob.

This story begins with an unlucky boy who did not find a home for himself, even though he formally still had a family and a home. On March 15, 1979 in the English county of Surrey a boy named James Bowen was born. But the family split up and James’ mother took him to Australia. There she was waiting for a succession of schools. The boy did not have time to make friends, he was often bullied by his classmates, and in high school, James dropped out of school altogether.

At 18, Bowen returned to England, where he went to live with his older paternal half-sister and her husband. But the relationship did not work out, and James began to spend more and more nights on the street. He soon left his home for good and made a living playing the guitar in parks and streets, sleeping outdoors or in barracks. Depression and mental breakdown led to the fact that he began to take heroin.


“People don’t want to listen. All they see is the person they think wants to ride for free at their expense. They don’t understand that I’m working, not begging. I’m trying to make a living. Just because I don’t wear a suit and tie, don’t carry a briefcase, and don’t sit in front of a computer doesn’t mean I’m lazy.”James Bowen

James tried to get out of the drug circuit and in the spring of 2007, he began participating in the methadone program. He played in the streets of Covent Garden and lived in a little room given to him by the council.

One afternoon he came home and found a ginger cat. in the living room. James decided that it was a pet of one of the tenants, so he simply closed the door, leaving the animal outside. But the cat came the next day, and the next day. Bowen examined the furry and found neither a collar nor an identification tag, but he did see that the unfortunate man had injured his paw and needed treatment. And so James decided to help the cat himself, whom Bob named after the character who embodied evil in the mystical Twin Peaks series.

“Cats are known for their pickiness. They decide who to give their love to. If a cat doesn’t like his owner, he will go away and find someone else.” James Bowens

Having met a being who was in an even more miserable situation than himself, James gained inner strength. He cured the cat’s paw and helped get rid of the infested fleas. Unlike his freedom-loving brothers, Bob did not even think of walking alone, but willingly accompanied James on his trips to Covent Garden, sitting proudly and calmly on the musician’s shoulder during performances.

to attract more viewers, they willingly filmed videos and posted them on YouTube, and James (and Bob!) garnered fans who came to Covent Garden specifically for their performances. After Bowen was interviewed by a local newspaper, he decided to write a book about his fateful encounter with Bob and met his future literary agent, Mary Panchos.)

“It was a terribly cold winter day,” Panchos recalls. “This guy was shivering with cold, and then I looked down and saw a cat sitting decorously on a stack of magazines, and I said to myself, ‘This can’t be. I have never seen a cat do that. Dogs yes, but cats no»»

Bob is really an amazing cat. He opens doors and even uses the bathroom. Some have tried to compare him to Garfield, the famous comic cat, but James disagrees that they are alike: his friend is not so cynical and lazy. Bob is more like a Buddha cat, he is also calm and wise.

A simple and direct story conquered the world. James’s book A Street Cat Named Bob has been translated into dozens of languages from Russia to Japan.

The book received two sequels: The World According to Bob and A Gift from Bob. James has also written several children’s adaptations: Bob: No Ordinary Cat and My Name Is Bob.


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