By James Bowen
While James Bowen chanced on an injured, ginger highway cat curled up within the hallway of his sheltered lodging, he had no suggestion simply how a lot his lifestyles was once approximately to alter. James used to be dwelling hand to mouth at the streets of London and the very last thing he wanted used to be a puppy. but James could not withstand supporting the strikingly clever feline, whom he fast christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob again to well-being after which despatched the cat on his manner, imagining he may by no means see him back. yet Bob had different principles. quickly the 2 have been inseparable and their various, comedian and infrequently risky adventures might remodel either their lives, slowly therapeutic the scars of every other's pasts. A highway Cat Named Bob is a relocating and uplifting tale that may contact the guts of someone who reads it.
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While James Bowen came across an injured, ginger road cat curled up within the hallway of his sheltered lodging, he had no proposal simply how a lot his lifestyles used to be approximately to alter. James was once dwelling hand to mouth at the streets of London and the very last thing he wanted was once a puppy. but James could not withstand aiding the strikingly clever pussycat, whom he speedy christened Bob.
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I knew that he’d still have the odd mad half-hour, but I was glad I’d acted. Chapter 4 Ticket To Ride As the fortnight drew to a close, I realised that I had to think about getting Bob out of the flat and back on to the streets. That’s where he had come from – and I assumed that’s where he would want to return. He’d continued to make really good progress and looked much healthier than he had done when I first met him. He’d fattened up a lot more too. So a day or two after I’d completed the course of medicine and he’d recovered fully from his op, I took Bob downstairs and out through the hallway.
I knew the guy was only doing his job, but I felt like saying, ‘Well, if I knew that I wouldn’t be here’ but resisted the temptation. I told him how I’d found the cat in the hallway of my building and pointed out the abscess on the back of his leg. ‘OK, let’s have a quick look at him,’ he said. He could tell the cat was in pain and gave him a small dose of diazepam to help relieve it. He then explained that he was going to issue a prescription for a two-week course of cat-strength amoxicillin. ‘Come back and see me again if things haven’t improved in a fortnight,’ he said.
The problem was that for the best part of the next decade I ended up living in horrendous hostels, B&Bs and houses, sharing my space with heroin and crack addicts who would steal anything that wasn’t nailed down. Everything I had was stolen at some point. I had to sleep with my most important possessions tucked inside my clothes. Survival was all I could think about. Inevitably, my drug dependency got worse. By the time I was in my late twenties, my habit had got so bad I ended up in rehab. I spent a couple of months getting straightened out and was then put on a drug rehabilitation programme.
A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen