Sunday, 21 June 2020

Bob the Cat


I was so sad to hear the news that Bob the Street Cat had died this week  🙁

And then to hear the news in a press release today from James Bowen, Bob's constant companion over the last decade or so, that his death had resulted from being hit by a car, was devastating.  I know exactly what that is like.


Their story together was a wonderful one, in a twist of fate they saved each others lives and had so many happy times and adventures together.  With James going on to write both adult and children's books about his and Bob's exploits and then a film being made about them and starring Bob himself (with another film due out later this year) they have managed to rise from the streets in a fairy-book style way.  But at the same time never losing sight of who they were and where they came from.

The new film when it comes out is going to be a very poignant one, with Bob himself once again acting the role of himself in some scenes.






RIP Bob 💖





26 comments:

  1. So sad and unexpected, heard about this a few days ago but didn't realise it was the result of being hit by a car.

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    1. James announced it on his Facebook page a day or so ago, he was too upset previously to be able to say more than that Bob had died.

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    2. So so sorry for James xxx

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  2. I'd seen this. I hope James will be OK.

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    1. I just can't imagine what he is going through at the moment.

      Of course he, and we, all knew that the day would come soonish knowing Bob's approximate age, and he was having liver problems recently, but they should have had another year at least of each others companionship and a more gentle end. So sad.

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  3. He must be devastated, because of Bob's role in his life. We have lost cats regularly down the years (most to old age) - when you have "several" cats, it is a fact of life. 4 went within months of each other but they were expected deaths.

    RIP Bob - you are a legend.

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  4. I haven't heard of Bob the cat or the books but two things strike me - what a lovely face the chap has - gentle and kind; and how much the cat and the man obviously mean to one another. Very sad outcome.

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  5. That is such sad news. xx

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  6. I'm sure I went to see the film. Pets are so good at simply being there aren't they. We talk to them, they give us a reason to get up and cope even when we font feel like it. It really will be a devastating loss for James.

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  7. Such a dear little face and so sad to lose him in that way.

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  8. I loved Bob and James story when it came out, and enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. So sad to lose Bob - he looked quite the character.

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  9. So sad to hear that poor Bob was run over - what a very sad end. When I first heard of James and Bob, I wondered how they managed, as cats are notoriously upset when being moved out of their territory. Yet Bob was street-wise and took happily to travelling on James' shoulders. I hope James will adapt to being without his lovely companion. RIP Bob.

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    1. They've travelled the world together, he was an amazing cat

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  10. I heard about Bob and his death. It is heartbreaking.

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  11. I saw the film a few years ago and thought at the time that it would be devastating for James when Bob died. I heard the news a day or two ago but didn’t know that Bob had been killed by a car. I really hope that James will be able to cope. They were so, so close. I really feel for him.

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  12. I was so upset when I heard about Bob a couple of days ago and then, later, to read how he had died, was heartbreaking. My daughter and I read the books when they first came out. We followed their Facebook page. I just hope James will be ok, now his buddy has gone. Fortunately he has a fiancée to help him through it.

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  13. I was very upset and sad to read about Bob:( What an amazing cat and I so feel for James♥

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  14. What a terrible way to lose an amazing pet. I am so glad that they had this time together.

    God bless.

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  15. I hope James will cope successfully with this loss, James has a kind and peaceful face. RIP Bob.

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  16. This is so sad news and especially the way it happened being run over - how awful. What an amazing companionship James and Bob had. It makes me think of our rescue cat Oscar that my husband brought home from the shopping centre where he worked. He feed him at work for over a year before he finally came home to us. He used to follow my husband everywhere and there were many times his work didn't get done because he was 'looking after the cat'. We had two cats at home and were worried about bringing him home. Thankfully it has all worked out. He is so gentle but he has his demons which is not surprising with what he has gone through. He is very territorial about the down stairs and will chase our little female cat out of the way. It is very strange as he gets on so well with our male cat and they actually love each other and each other's company. My husband and I often say how glad we got him and how much we love him. RIP Bob - so sad!!

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  17. I was so very sad to find out how Bob died after hearing about him passing away last week he was such a character very handsome James did a wonderful job looking after him they made a good team he must be heartbroken. RIP Bob

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  18. Aboustley gutted what happened why didn't that driver stop he/she must have known that they had hit him they could have stopped and got him to a vet hope they catch whoever it was God bless you bob James he never left you in life and he never left you in death

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    1. Yes I hope they find the person's responsible, not only caused suffering to james but thousands of us are heartbroken

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    2. Unfortunately he was killed instantly as it was a blow to his head and not a car actually going over him. So perhaps the driver didn't even realise they had hit him.

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  19. So sorry to hear of Bob passing. Your first book got me reading again which I haven't do for so time .I now read all your books and the movie.. Thank you James for sharing Bob and your adventures with us all..love from Viv in Blackpool

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