A Street Cat Named Bob Saved This Man's Life

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They say that a dog is man's best friend, but for James Bowen, it's a street cat named Bob. The Guardian reported on the homeless man-turned-author who befriended an ill cat (that would be Bob) while he was out on the streets. But, the feline wasn't just a companion to keep Bowen company. Rather, the furry friend rescued his owner from a life of drugs, which tells us that you can never underestimate the power of animals.
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The dynamic duo became quite an attraction on the London streets where Bowen sold copies of the Big Issue, a paper supporting homelessness. But, when a literary agent read a story Bowen wrote on how Bob helped him overcome his addictions to heroin and methadone, his life completely changed.
The agent sold his tale to Hodder & Stoughton, and within two years, A Street Cat Named Bob, The World According to Bob, and No Ordinary Cat have had chart-topping sales in the U.K., U.S., and several of the other 30 countries where the books are sold. "It's incredible," said Bowen to The Guardian. "When I first saw Bob on this doorstep, I never thought this is where I'd be today." Thankfully, the pair now live in a rented flat, where Bowen is currently working on a series of books for children. So, next time you see a stray animal on the street, you might want to consider taking him/her in. Who knows where it could lead? (The Guardian)
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