Friday, September 18, 2015
A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen
I believe it was Travellin' Penguin who mentioned this book. She said it was very popular, all over the Internet, and that she didn't know how she'd missed it. Well, I missed it, too. She also said that the cat doesn't die at the end of the book. That was enough for me to ask for my library's copy. I no longer read books or see movies in which animals are hurt or die. There's enough of that in real life.
Bob and James Bowen found each other when they were down and out in London. James was a recovering addict working as a street busker. Bob showed up on his doorstep. James tried to find Bob's owner and originally didn't want to keep him. But they quickly formed a strong bond and James realized that caring for Bob helped him in his recovery.
They became an Internet sensation when Bob started riding to work on James's shoulder, riding on the bus with him, and sitting in his guitar case while James performed. Life working on the street is hard, but James explains why some people do it. Bob attracted a lot of attention and affection, increasing James's income. People knitted scarves for Bob, yes, for Bob, not for James! They brought gifts and food for him. They took photos and videos.
The book is simply written. There were no photos in my copy, but you can Google Bob and James and find quite a few videos of them. I wish them both well in their voyage through life. And I wish we could take our pets to all the places that apparently welcome them in Great Britain. Here, only my bank and some restaurants with outdoor seating welcome dogs.