(iWIDK By Nina Hoffman) – A furry feline helped a bum turn his life around.
James Bowen was suffering from a heroin addiction and busking to make a living when a chance encounter with a stray saved his life – and made him a best selling author.
Bowen found Bob the cat abandoned with an injury outside of his apartment and after three days of not being claimed, he took him to the RSPCA to have him looked at.
The broke busker spent all of the money he had buying medication to get the animal back to full health, and he was rewarded with undying loyalty.
Bob began to follow 33-year-old Bowen out busking on the streets of London and became popular with the locals who would make the cat scarves and jackets to wear.
As Bob’s fame grew, he gained a Facebook following and videos of him high-fiving Bowen began showing up on YouTube.
One day, according to the Islington Tribune, Bowen was approached by literary agent Mary Pachnos who said she had seen the pair in the street and wanted to know their story.
After hearing Bowen’s journey and the help Bob had given him, she encouraged him to write a book.
That paved the way for A Street Cat Named Bob, which shifted 200,000 copies and spent 6 weeks on top of the Sunday Times best seller list and landed Bowen a Hollywood movie deal.
With his new found fame the recovered junkie told reporters he would never go back to his old ways. “I’ll never go back to drugs. I’ve learnt too much and grown up…It’s all down to Bob. For the first time, I felt like I had family. It gave me the determination to make my life more comfortable, to make his life better, too.”