A Street Cat Named Bob
and how he saved my life
by James Bowen
3 stars - quick read, wonderful story
ALR Green - it's all about the bond humans form with animals, as green as it gets
James Bowen was a recovering heroin addict living in government subsidised housing and working as a street musician to make ends meet when a cat entered his life and everything changed.
Mr. Bowen found the cat, whom he named Bob, inside his apartment building. Bob was in rough shape. Clearly he'd been in some sort of tussle as he had an open wound. His fur was sparse. He was skinny. Bowen asked around, but nobody claimed Bob as their own and Bob took a fancy to Bowen. Bowen brought Bob down to the RSPCA for treatment and the cat was soon on the road to recovery.
Bob and Bowen bonded immediately. Bob wanted his new best friend in sight at all times and gladly joined Bowen on his trips into the city to ply his trade as a street musician. The rest is, well, history.
It's a great story and reminds us of the power of unconditional love as well as the need people have for a greater purpose when they are trying to pull themselves out of a life of despair. Bowen managed to get completely clean from his addiction. He did it for Bob. Hopefully readers will gain a bit more sympathy for how challenging it can be to move forward in life when finds oneself at the bottom of the barrel, regardless of circumstances that brought one there.