Usually it is us humans who have the honor of saving cats – but as many of us can testify, our cats also rescue us, if at all, from emotional loopholes. In the particularly poignant case of a famous cat, the question is a mistake: Did James the human, a drug addict, save Bob the cat, whom he found injured and abandoned? Or was it the other way around?
James Bowen, a British man, says it’s all down to his beloved Bob, who died in June after he was at least 14 years old.
“Bob saved my life. It’s that simple, ”James said in a written statement about his cat, which has touched the lives of millions of fans around the world. “He gave me so much more than camaraderie. With him by my side, I found a direction and a purpose that I had missed. “
When James found Bob in 2007, he began tending to the cute orange tabby, and the two became inseparable. James, who sold newspapers on London’s streets, and Bob became famous in 2012 when their remarkable story was published in the bestselling book A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life.
Three sequels followed: The World After Bob: The Further Adventures of a Man and His Streetwise Cat, A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped a Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, and The Little Book of Bob: Lessons From It Life of a Streetwise Cat. The original book turned into a movie starring the real Bob as himself in 2016 – and Bob will be back in the sequel A Gift from Bob in 2021.
Sweet Bob’s spirit will live on through his books and films, through his fans, and especially in James’ hearts.
“I feel like the light has gone out in my life,” said James. “I will never forget him.”
Help keep Bob’s memory alive by following his Facebook page @StreetCatBob.
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