4 March 2013

Meeting a Celeb: A Street Cat called Bob

London is a regular haunt for A-listers. From movie premieres, eating in the latest nouveau restaurants to living their fashionable London pads, they are practically everywhere. With one celeb though, it's not the latest Gucci dress release or miracle skin treatment guaranteed to get rid of wrinkles, that will get him out of bed and prowling the streets for his adoring public.


Isn't he magnificent?


Now, you are either probably rolling your eyes thinking I'm crazy, are already in the know or I've managed to pique your interest.

Please may I introduce Bob, and his owner James Bowen. Now an international print success, Bob is a street cat that adopted a recovering drug addict and helped him turn his life around. James became a Youtube hit, then landed a book deal about this special ginger tom - how he was ill, nursed Bob back to health then followed James into town where he was busking one day. Since then he has become a huge hit, their tale attracting a book deal which (according to Wikipedia) has sold 250,000 copies, been translated into 22 languages and spent over 45 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list.


He regularly accompanies James into town, and as you can see by the first photo, draws an immense crowd, all hoping to catch this unusual pair. Bob is as bright as a button, performing small tricks for treats, happily soaking up the attention and gratefully accepting the treats he is showered with - food and knitted items alike. James' only thought is for his welfare - keeping Bob from being too crowded, frightened or overfed - he also carefully controls the treats offered to Bab, I suspect to Bob's chagrin.


Bob's stardom doesn't seem to have gone to his head, he was out on a cool Saturday afternoon allowing us to come and say hey - and letting James sign copies of his book on his behalf. I'm told by reliable sources that he still uses his personalised Oyster card to catch the tube to and from home, takes life as it comes and clearly adores James. If Bob doesn't feel like going out, James leaves him at home - shown by a Tweet from James on Sunday


 
 
Not to show off, but I've met a few celebs since living in London, and he was by far the most excited I was to meet - and certainly the least demanding. Cat treats, pats and cat milk is all he is bothered about dahrling.

His book is called "A Street Cat named Bob" and is a lovely read. It's just a sweet story about a bloke, his special cat and hope.

21 comments :

  1. Juts love all the stories and pictures of this very special Bob! He has touched my heart and millions of others :-)
    Bless the pair of you! <3

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    1. Thanks so much, he's just so beautiful isn't he?

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  2. Thanks for your post about James and Bob. I just finished the book last night and am glad to see they have such a following.

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    1. Thanks for you visit to mu humble little blog - they are just such a pair I couldn't resist visiting and typing up a post about them.
      Isn't it amazing the lives that this beautiful cat has touched?

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  3. Lovely post! It really is a story of hope. And love.

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    1. Isn't it sweet? Thanks for popping over to my little corner of t'internet!

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  4. How well written! You describe the story and the emotion very well. The story of Bob and James is really moving and it is very uplifting. I think the reason for such success is that the story has touched the heart of so many. Thank you!

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    1. I totally agree, it's a humble story told well. I can't tell you how many people I've leant it to! Thanks also for the visit!

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  5. Dear Emma,


    love the way you write, and reading the part of Bob & James is like a second treat, without reading the book again. Not that i mind, cause i will read it again, some time next week after my move is over to a new place and me and my straycats are settled down. I'm very happy for James that he had Bob as a cure or some kind of good stimulant for leaving the needles were they better are. Save en not on the streets.

    I always had cats, then 7 years ago i adopted a greyhound. The love of my live. I replaced her as i thought i was not a good mum to her anymore, as they need the walks, and i was in bed for months with cancer. She was beside me, so were the cats. She does not live with me anymore more as her new parents won't let her go. But i can see het anytime i can. And my kitties take my sorrows away. A purr, a snuggle and a catconversation is all one needs to heal...

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    1. Hi Magali,
      Yes, a pet can help so much, and they are just so darned cute.
      It's really hard to give up an animal, but you did the right thing. I'm glad you can still see her & that you have recovered.
      Apparently studies have been done, and having a pet & stroking it can lower heart rate and help with high blood pressure. I'm so glad, and it's not just us crazy animal people!

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  6. Aw i would love to meet Bob.I have read James book and it was a fab read.:)

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    1. He was a very cool cucumber! One day perhaps?

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  7. Lovely blog entry

    We had the pleasure of meeting Bob and James last year in Covent Garden. I have just read the book and we are promoting it in the school library. Really hope to see Bob again when we return to London in April.

    Annie
    Perth, Western Australia

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    1. Hi Annie,
      Thanks so much for visiting my wee blog.
      Aww, isn't he sweet? When you are back, we managed to catch him via his Twitter handle @streetcatbob letting us know when he was coming out.
      Have a lovely time in London - the weather should be behaving well by April!

      Best,
      Emma

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  8. Thanks for the nice blog post and pictures. If everyone had a cat he or she cared for (and vice versa) the world would be a better place. I'm just reading the book and it's so heart warming, I'm always smiling while reading it. Definitely going to follow your blog, it makes me think if I should translate my blog about my life in Sweden to English as well, right now it's only in German, but that limits the "target group" readers quite a bit.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Stella - I totally agree (allegies permitting) but then they could always get a parrot?
      Thanks for the follow - there are a couple of following options at the top right of the page - I always love more company! I wonder if you could utilise the 'translate' widget blogger offers to save you having to hand translate it (but I also wonder if they are any good)? I love the images on your blog, but sadly I can't read German.

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    2. I follow you through bloglovin' now. As soon I have time I will begin to translate my blog. Will let you know then. :) (Translation programs are usually good for a laugh, but for nothing else.)

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  9. who ever knits that stuff is AMAZING !

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    1. Isn't it amazing? Apparently he is showered with knitwear :) Thanks for the visit.

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  10. Dear Emma, what a lovely read! I am stuck indoors, being very immobile, therefore reading your blog, made me feel as if I was there with you and watching James and Bob. Glad you have enjoy London - it's a fantastic city and very cosmopolitan.

    I have read the James and Bob story, and wondered if I would ever get to see them, so thank you for letting me do that via your blog!

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  11. Oh my hat - you met Bob! I am SO jealous!!! My mum tried to get me to read the book for so long and when I finally did, I was hooked!!

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