I had the pleasure of meeting Bob today. It wasn’t a planned get-together and he wasn’t particularly talkative but what can you expect from a cat?
Before you write me off as completely crazy, Bob isn't just any feline. Okay, he can’t actually talk but he is possibly the most famous street cat going and is about to have a book published about his endearing life story!
James Bowen, a Big Issue seller, found Bob injured, after being attacked by another animal, and rushed him to the nearest RSPCA centre. Despite his own modest circumstances, Bowen nursed the cat back to health and, when the course of antibiotics was completed, he expected their encounter to be as well...
...except Bob had other ideas and hasn’t left Bowen’s side since that act of kindness.
|Yeh, did I mention he has been issued with his own travelcard?|
The pair are quite a fixture outside Angel tube station but today I came across them in Covent Garden. Bob was sitting more obediently than my own dog as Bowen sold a few Big Issues to pay for cat food.
Apparently, the cat has his own little lead and gets excited when Bowen gets ready to go out but, if he ever does get tired, Bob sits on his friend’s shoulders!
Now I know this is meant to be a Fashion blog but when you see such companionship in harsh circumstances, it’s uplifting, right? Plus, Bob has a rocking range of scarves; check them out on flickr (he may have more than me).
|Wonder if he knitted that himself? Bang on trend with the midnight blue, Bob!|
A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets of London will be on the shelves from March 2012.