No you wouldn’t, not if your cat had helped to change your life – turned your life around. Not at all, not ever, for many people. Some people would jump at the chance. Not all cats are worth a million pounds. Some cats are priceless. Would you sell a family member? A best friend. You’d feel guilty for the rest of your days. The million would bring you less happiness than your cat. I wouldn’t like to be put on the spot. Although I wouldn’t sell my cat for a million pounds.
Another person who wouldn’t is James Bowen, 33, who has had a difficult life. He was offered a million quid for his cat companion by a Sheik. James is the London busker who met a ginger cat in a doorway opposite his one bedroom subsidized apartment. They became best friends. Actually, they became more than that. They became famous and James wrote a book. His ginger cat is as sharp as a whip and he took the name, Bob. Bob is middle aged, 7 years old. You know ginger cats (red cats or yellow cats they all describe the same coat) are the best moggies. All the ones I have read about and seen and met have been in charge.
I wrote a short article about this relationship about a year ago: Slice of London Street Life.
Here is a video showing James being interviewed on breakfast TV. Note: this video may get pulled as it appears to be a breach of copyright:
James’s book is available now on Amazon and for download to Kindle: A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets..
So how did James and Bob become famous? Well, the cat is more famous than James! They became famous because Bob would accompany James wherever he went: on the bus to his busking pitch, on his shoulder when he walked down the street and by his side while he busked for about four hours in the afternoon at Covent Garden, which is in the centre of London and a very popular tourist destination. Bob picked up the idea of the leash very quickly and he is safe with James on the streets of London. A publisher approached James and the rest is history.
Here is proof of Bob’s fame..James doing book signing in a book store:
It’s a really nice, heart warming story that has a cat at its center. How often do you get that on the internet? A million pounds at Aug 2012 is about 1.6 million dollars.