Last Sunday I watched A Street Cat Named Bob on Netflix after stumbling across a YouTube clip reporting on this story. The movie is based on the true story of a street musician in London named James Bowen who is struggling to overcome heroin addiction. He adopts a stray, orange, male cat whom he names Bob. The cat becomes a part of his act, attracting attention from the people. Caring for Bob also helps James to overcome his addiction and turn his life around.
I watched most of the movie at my desk. During the last twenty minutes or so I lied down on the couch. I covered myself with a blanket and invited Arwen to join me. She loves blankets. She settled into one of her favorite spots – the space between my legs and the back of the couch (which my sister once called “the basket”). She purred and turned her head upside down. This is her way of saying, “Please rub my chin,” which I did. She then enjoyed time with me as I finished the movie.
I thought about how pets can enrich our lives. Like Bob, Arwen was a stray. She was living on the streets and trying to care for two kittens until my brother-in-law’s aunt and uncle fostered her and provided homes for her kittens. I later adopted Arwen after Oscar died. She is happy living here, and I am happy to have her. When I come home from work, she is usually at or near the door waiting for me. Of course, she is eager to eat her dinner, but she is also happy to see me.
After I finished the movie I picked her up from the couch, held her, and scratched her head. She squinted her eyes and purred loudly, showing her appreciation. I thought about the closing line from Marley and Me: “Give him your heart, and he will give you his.” Oscar was one of my best friends. Losing him was hard, but since then Arwen has become a great friend. I talk to her as I get ready for work, and she greets me when I come home. Sometimes she will curl up on her carpeted cat platform next to my desk while I a working or curl up and purr on my lap when I sitting on my recliner. If you have a dog or cat, then take good care of him or her. Your furry friend can become a great companion. Give your love, and you will get it back.