Cats become famous on the internet for all kinds of reasons these days, but no other story has touched my heart as much as the story of James Bowen and his cat Bob. I previously reviewed his book, A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets, which tops my list of alltime favorite cat books. I just can’t get enough of this “rags to riches” story. Bob and James were discovered by literary agent Mary Pachnos when she saw the street musician and his sidekick performing outside a London tube station. The book is topping bestseller lists in the UK, has already been translated into 18 languages, and will be published in the US in the summer of 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.
And last week, James and Bob may have landed a movie deal. Reportedly Pachnos, who brokered the deal for the mega-successful Marley and Me, is said to be in negotiations to bring Bob’s story to the silver screen. The Daily Mail has the full story, along with wonderful photos and video of Bob and James. And for even more on Bob and James, please read my interview with James Bowen.
There have been so many stories of animals rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and my heart goes out to all the pet guardians whose furry family members have been affected by the storm. I’m in awe of the hard work of animal rescue groups in the area who are trying to save as many pets as they can.
The photo above, and the accompanying story, touched my heart. The picture shows Randy and his cat Max. Randy’s Long Beach, Long Island apartment building was flooded and had no heat or electricity for a week. After two days without power, Randy made the decision to move Max to the North Shore Animal League America’s emergency shelter. Maximilian, a five-year-old seal point Siamese, has been with Randy since he was just eight weeks old. Randy visits Max often at the shelter, bringing him his favorite treat. “I was so happy when I found out about the North Shore Animal League emergency shelter,” says Randy. “I can’t imagine what I would do without him here.” If you can help, please make a donation. North Shore League America keeps a running journal of their rescue efforts on their website.
Are your cats patient when it comes to meal time, or do they weave through your legs, try to jump up on the counters, and otherwise try to hurry you along? Allegra and Ruby are pretty good: Allegra usually sits patiently on the floor, while Ruby paces and occasionally puts her paws on my leg and cries if I’m too slow for her taste. But never have I seen cats waiting for their dinner as patiently as Bernadette Kazmarski’s five black beauties in this video:
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Bob from James Bowen and Street Cat Bob Facebook page, photo of Randy andMax from North Shore Animal League America website.