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How a feral cat helped a homeless man turn his life around
NY Post ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tricia Romano

Posted on 06/29/2014 11:31:27 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Who says only cats get nine lives? With the help of his feline friend, James Bowen has been given a few extra chances of his own.

Just a few years ago Bowen was down and out, selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, on rainy London streets, when his fortune changed forever.

He met a stray orange kitten with an outgoing demeanor that he named Bob. The cat had an abscess on his leg, and Bowen cobbled together money for antibiotics and nursed the little kitty back to health.

“When his treatments were done and I was trying to get him to find his own way home, he just started following me, until the day he followed me onto the bus,” says Bowen.

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In 2010, Bowen published his first book, “A Street Cat Named Bob — and How He Saved My Life.” It quickly became a best-seller.

“My life is completely like a sort of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ [story],” Bowen says from his flat in London. “Flipped upside down.”

Bowen has gone on to write four more books — three children’s titles and a new book, “The World According to Bob.”

All told, the books have sold more than one million copies and have even resulted in a movie deal: A film based on “A Street Cat Named Bob” is currently in production and has a tentative 2015 release date. Not bad for a stray cat and a guy who used to sell newspapers on the street.

“It’s crazy to [be] somebody who lived in a low-budget accommodation, a kind of hostel…now on the property ladder, and paying something called ‘income tax.’ Which seems quite exorbitant,” he says, laughing.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Pix at source.
1 posted on 06/29/2014 11:31:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 06/29/2014 11:32:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great cat, that’s a very heartwarming story. Thanks for posting it, because even though I read the NY Post everyday I missed it!

I guess the moral of the story is he helped himself by helping another creature.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 11:38:06 AM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I say, . . . . . Isn't that

Fat Freddy's cat?

4 posted on 06/29/2014 11:40:45 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Slings and Arrows
I say, . . . . . Isn't that

Fat Freddy's cat?

5 posted on 06/29/2014 11:41:09 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: jocon307

My kitties would agree.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 11:43:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think this is my most favorite kitty ping story.

I have condensation on my computer screen.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 11:46:36 AM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: fella

8 posted on 06/29/2014 11:46:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Gefn

It’s a goodie, you betcha.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 11:47:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great story. He helps a kitteh and the kitteh helps him. Pretty cool.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Lx

Cool indeed.


11 posted on 06/29/2014 12:14:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Loved the book.....I have a cat just as responsive, intelligent and interactive....what a joy he is!


12 posted on 06/29/2014 12:22:41 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks for posting.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 12:47:01 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Fred Nerks

That cat doesn’t look feral to me, he looks like he might be the brains of this operation.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Slings and Arrows
and paying something called ‘income tax.’ Which seems quite exorbitant,” he says, laughing.

That does deserve a LOL.

16 posted on 06/29/2014 2:26:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Fred Nerks

Reuters and NY Post pictures can’t be posted. Unfortunate in this case, but there it is.


17 posted on 06/29/2014 2:31:51 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

I’m sorry...


18 posted on 06/29/2014 2:35:37 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

Not a problem, more an FYI. Who isn’t a sucker for a kitty pic?


19 posted on 06/29/2014 2:37:03 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator; Slings and Arrows; PhilDragoo

http://www.amazon.com/Street-Cat-Named-Bob-Saved/dp/1250029465

There’s a video at the bottom of the book reviews. Bob the cat is coming to the US...


20 posted on 06/29/2014 2:57:35 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What a great story :-)


21 posted on 06/29/2014 3:34:53 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.??)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Gefn

God bless Mr Bowen and Bob! Great story.

I love orange tiger cats. Bob is a beautiful boy, and he looks as though he’ll smack anyone who gets out of line.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 4:12:47 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Slings and Arrows
ORANGE KITTEH IZ BEST KITTEH:

Winston Churchill’s old estate has a new resident: an orange and white colored rescue cat named Jock VI. The cat is an unusual legacy of Churchill. The late British leader requested that there always be an orange cat with white chest fur, white paws and named Jock living at Chartwell, his estate in Kent, England.

23 posted on 06/29/2014 4:15:54 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Admin Moderator; Slings and Arrows; Fred Nerks
BUT, there's always another way to "skin the cat"...


24 posted on 06/29/2014 4:20:26 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans " -Sarah Palin 5/26/14)
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To: Rusty0604

You’re very welcome.


25 posted on 06/29/2014 4:47:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: GeronL; Fred Nerks

> That cat doesn’t look feral to me, he looks like he might be the brains of this operation.

Ssssh! They think we don’t know.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 4:47:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Bob definitely doesn’t take kitty litter from anyone.


27 posted on 06/29/2014 4:49:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Pajamajan

Truly.


28 posted on 06/29/2014 4:49:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

lol


29 posted on 06/29/2014 4:50:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks!


30 posted on 06/29/2014 4:52:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: martin_fierro

Churchill has spoken.


31 posted on 06/29/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: WVKayaker

Much obliged.


32 posted on 06/29/2014 4:53:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.s)
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To: Slings and Arrows

He’s on facebook! Almost 250 thousand ‘friends’ all over the world...

https://www.facebook.com/StreetCatBob


33 posted on 06/29/2014 5:44:31 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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