Bob The Street Cat


“It’s incredible,” said Bowen. “When I first saw Bob on this doorstep, I never thought this is where I’d be today.”

I love this true story and I read the book written by James Bowen to describe his and Bob’s journey when it was first published in 2012 and it made me cry.  Now I’m a sucker for a happy ending and this one involves a cat, that looks not too dissimilar to our family cat, so it was always going to be a winner in my eyes.  More importantly this was a story of addiction and escape from it and the hope and change that recovery can bring.

“I think I’ve opened people’s eyes to things they never understood properly,” said Bowen of the book’s success. “I never ever thought I would be able to turn my life around … and be the voice of people who can’t be heard.”

Why I am I sharing this?  Because the companionship of Bob helped James in the same way that I feel the companionship of the sober blogging community helps me.  I also consider that mine is a voice that cannot be heard.  I’m a drinker who had a problem that needed help where traditional support does not exist and yet here it is – in the very ether around me.  I would have been reclaimed and drowned by the sea of booze if I didn’t have the life-line of all of you.  I thank you all for your support from the very being of my soul that is rediscovering itself slowly but surely now that I am hangover free xx

Edited to add 21/10/16

Street Cat Bob: 500,000 Facebook followers, five million books… meet the world’s most famous cat

14 thoughts on “Bob The Street Cat

  1. Have seen Bowen and Bob interviewed a few times and they are such an incredible and inspiring partnership. We really cannot underestimate the power of our furry friends and indeed the support of our online sober buddies. Each and every one of you got me started, pulled me through and keep me going xxx

  2. He’s been on a few programmes like This Morning and The One Show (I think) Bob was absolutely amazing. Just sitting in the TV studio – totally chilled out. They have an incredible bond xxx

  3. It really is an amazing community isn’t it? I was so surprised and never anticipated the strength I would draw from this network. 🙂

  4. Oh you’ve got to read Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy, I’ve just finished it.. wonderful read about addiction and sobriety and CATS!

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