I first met Bob on a sunny afternoon in July 2011.
I was just coming out of Angel’s underground station when I noticed quite a handsome looking man standing in the middle of the sidewalk handing out copies of The Big Issue. what really drew my attention to him was the fact that just by his feet, on a black backpack, stood perfectly still a majestic looking ginger tom cat, wearing a knitted scarf, attached to a leash. “now that’s a sight you don’t come across often..” I thought to myself and kept on going. about 20 seconds later I retraced my steps back thinking what a miss it would be not to capture this sight on film. and there I was, standing in front of Bob the cat, amazed and amused by his presence.
It was a year after I had to give up my cat for moving to London, and a few months before I started working at the farm, so at this point in my life the lack of animal affection made me crave for it badly, which made the encounter with Bob quite fun. so fun that i’ve pulled a fiver out of my pocket and happily tucked it in the handsome guy’s hand. hell, I didn’t even take a Big Issue copy. I started chatting to the guy (by this point I was down on the pavement stroking Bob’s shiny coat and making weird cute noises) and after a few minuets asked if I could snap a few pictures of them and they gladly agreed. I walked away with a huge smile on my face and a few good shots inside my camera.
Since that day, I bumped into Bob and his owner a few more times around London, and every encounter left me smiling like the first time. there’s just something about this pair, you know? the way Bob was attached to his owner, you don’t see that too often… I’ve seen my fair share of cats during my career. I never quite seen a cat like Bob.
About a week ago I headed over to my favourite independent book store on Brick Lane, where I usually find all sorts of weird and fabulous second hand art books, only that this time, from the corner of the room, I’ve noticed a book with a gigantic cat face on the cover. I immediately recognised that precious face… it was Bob! what a brilliant surprise it was. further inspection of the book’s rear end has revealed that Bob’s owner, James, has written a book about how Bob’s arrival into his life changed everything, and all the adventures the pair has gone through ever since. I’m now halfway through the book and I just can’t put it down! it’s a magnificent heart warming story, about an ex-drug addict, his best cat friend, and the rough streets of London.
I highly recommend any cat lover, and basically anyone, to purchase this book.
It will surely bring a smile to your face and help support James & Bob![stag_video src=”http://youtu.be/WdAFjB7AeYA”]