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A Tribute to Fup. Store Cat.

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Fup, the resident cat at Powell's Technical Books, passed away on October 25. She was 19 years old. She continued to greet her admiring public to the end, when her health failed and there was no choice but to put her to sleep. Her lifelong veterinarian made the trip out to the store to perform the task and Fup died peacefully at home with several of her longtime co-workers present.

Fup was born on or about June 30, 1988. She was adopted as a kitten by the Technical Store's first manager, so her exact birthdate is unknown and she was always quite coy about that. As for the origin of her name, legend has it that the manager's sister had a cat named Puff, so he sort of spelled that backwards. There was also a book titled Fup by Jim Dodge, published in 1983, which may have played into it as well.

When Powell's Technical Books moved to its present address in November 1990, Fup made the move as well. After clearing the building of any remaining mice, she claimed the store as her own. She showed little interest in the outside world, except to watch birds and falling leaves outside the window. She didn't care for toys, either — Fup took her position quite seriously. Except for the summer of 1997, when she was moved to an employee's apartment for about six weeks while the store was being remodeled, her rule was uninterrupted.

In her youth, Fup would sometimes climb ladders and hide at the top of book fixtures to look down upon the humans in her domain. Over the years, Fup acquired a well-earned reputation for biting employees who intruded on her time for more than about 30 seconds. However, she would always be sitting in front of the office to greet whoever came to open the store in the morning, demanding her serving of canned food for breakfast. She was more patient with visitors; Fup played the celebrity game well. She received many gifts and cards and emails from fans, which she appreciated.

In her later years, she mellowed out quite a bit and even became friendlier towards her co-workers, especially if they shared their lunches. Her favorite foods were canned tuna, chicken (especially Tandoori), and pulled pork. Cold cuts were also welcome.

There will not be a service; however, a memorial to be placed somewhere in the store is planned for a future date. Tributes can left in the comments section below.

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In lieu of cards or flowers, we respectfully request you make a gift donation to the Oregon Humane Society in Fup's name.

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Ron Silberstein is the Assistant Manager of Powell's Technical Books.

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397 Responses to "A Tribute to Fup. Store Cat."

    Matt Chambers October 26th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    My sincere condolences.

    I somehow never actually saw Fup, but I always enjoyed knowing that she was there, somewhere (and reading her adventures, of course!).

    I hope you'll decide to find another bookstore cat, although never a replacement.

    Bridget Colontonio October 27th, 2007 at 6:58 am

    I'll miss you Fup, and never forget you. The newsletter will never be the same without you. Rest in peace sweet 'lil Fup.

    Jim Clarizio October 27th, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Farewell old comrade!

    As a former employee of Powell's I got many chances to interact with Fup. She was a wonderful soul and will be missed greatly. I remember when she was adopted back in 1988; how she was a shy kitten who grew into a fierce hunter. Lots of good memories of her.

    john October 27th, 2007 at 8:50 am

    The passing of a store cat, or it's owner is always a sad time. In Seattle, there was a wonderful little store in the U.district called "Puss n' Books" run by an elderly lady named Beatrice Cutts. Her store cats would lounge & nap in the front window in the '60's, to lure in young students from the UW. I was one of those students, returning for years to add to my classical record collection with such obscure labels as CRI, or "samplers" left by the Columbia records salesman.

    Ms Cutts cats outlived her, and her assistants had trouble for quite some time in convincing the cats to leave. They probably thought the store would reopen with a new "Cat Lady".

    Marina Czapszys October 27th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    I cannot say that I knew Fup well, but I can say that on the times when I was able to get someone to conjure her for me, I always found her delightful. I hope that this is not the end of an era for cats at Powells. I will light a candle for her.

    Beth October 27th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I was lucky enough to hold Fup once. She wasn't much for strangers picking her up and I think more than anything, she was surprised when I swung her up into my arms. She was gracious enough to stay still for about 30 or 40 seconds and let me pet her. Here's to Fup! We love and miss you!

    Lisa October 27th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Godspeed, Fup. Godspeed.

    Kathy October 27th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    I offer my condolences in the loss of Fup. You gave her a long and happy life.

    Thank you for sharing her life with those of us who never got to meet her personally. I have enjoyed the photos and stories she inspired. Fup has left special memories behind.

    Wendy October 29th, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Dearest Fup, what a sweet and mysterious creature you were. I will miss you.

    I hope you're lounging contentedly somewhere in that Great Bookstore in the Sky.

    Patrick October 29th, 2007 at 11:43 am

    wow, that sucks. saw the cat a couple of times and thought it was cool that Powells had one.
    sorry for your loss

    Carla October 29th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    It WAS the book "Fup" by Jim Dodge. We were or had just finished reading it when we found a lost kitten wandering outside Powells. Somehow Fup fit her and of course she had to have a literary title, didn't she?

    We snuck her into the storage loft above the Green room at Burnside.

    Coincidently, the Technical books were being moved out of the cramped single isle in the Green room to their own space (in what is now the NW corner of the Orange room).

    When it came to light that there was a cat in the store, management was NOT too happy with us!!

    But, the Tech Store was ready for a mascot and called dibbs...

    Penny October 29th, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Seeing Fup was always a special part of a trip to the Technical Bookstore. Like Wendy, I hope she is happily lounging in the Great Bookstore in the Sky. So long, kitty.

    Jeremy October 29th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    on behalf of powell's bevo, thanks for representing us so well all these years, fup. you will be missed.

    Marina Czapszys October 29th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Haiku for Fup:

    Quintessential cat
    You guarded all the tech books,
    And our hearts, from rats.

    Michael Van Kleeck October 29th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Fup was a friend of mine for 14 years, and I like to think she recognized me every time I saw her, as she'd come up to me with that half-meow half-growl of hers and mark my legs before moving on. Fup led me to the Java books and I found a new career in technology, thanks to her. Strangely, last Thursday the 25th was the first time I'd been in the tech store in over a month. Little did I know it was such a sad day.

    I always looked for Fup first, before looking for my books, and as Fup sightings became rare in her old age, I treasured every time I was able to pat those well-fed flanks of hers.

    Farewell, Fup. Going to the tech store will never be the same. Now the only cats are the ones on those O'Reilly Java books...

    Wait- is that really why she led me to the Java books? To see the tiger on the cover of Java In A Nutshell?!?

    Rest in peace, and my condolences to the tech store staff.

    -Michael Van Kleeck

    Dave October 30th, 2007 at 9:50 am


    Helas, I never knew you so well; except afar of arms reach. My book purchases have never been so well surpervised.

    Your presence, removed, shall be felt like a phantom limb. The enchanting lonely sound of an old grey bookstore now resound with half empty echos. The low song is over, the last page is turned.

    Glowing watchful eyes, closed
    Have stopped reading their last book, closed
    Loved reading lights, gone.

    Toby October 30th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    A fine old cat she was. I was often ignored by her, but never nipped that I recall, and once or twice gravely nuzzled.

    Elizabeth Jonca October 30th, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of a face-to-whiskers meeting with Fup. I showed up for a birthday party but learned that she finished her audience with the public.

    My condolences on the loss of your co-worker and wonderful companion. I will put in a transfer of merit for Fup.

    What a bummer: Alex the grey parrot and now Fup in one year.

    Elizabeth Jonca

    Monica October 30th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    She will be greatly missed.
    I remember her from when I was a little girl and she always greeted me with a purr and a head-butt whenever I saw her. I was also there at her 13th B-day party where she insisted that she get her own cupcake (and I insisted my parent's get me a 13 Fup T-shirt.)
    R.I.P Fup!
    I shall wear my T-shirt and remember you fondly.

    asha October 30th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Bye-bye Fup.

    I never had the privilege of meeting Fup but clearly she a queen in the noble tradition of book store cats. I remember the Puss 'n Books cats from the '60s though. Sounds like perhaps they did not come to such good ends which saddens me.

    On a happier note however, Maggie the elephant is leaving cold and lonely Alaska on Nov. 1st for her new home at PAWS in CA to live out her days in the company of several, new elephant friends.

    Einrich October 30th, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    She was a sweet old lump who put up with me walking her around like a baby in my arms and an occasional cart ride.

    Vicster October 30th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, Fup. You are going to be so terribly missed. But we are so grateful for the light and grace and beauty you brought to Your Bookstore.

    Rest sweetly, wonderful girl!

    sydney October 30th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Condolences to the Staff and friends of Fup. I never met her, but I always enjoyed reading about her inner thoughts and rich imagination. A complex soul covered in fur.

    Farewell, Fup.

    moo, puddin’, and pwince October 31st, 2007 at 12:19 am

    We are very sorry to hear about Fup's passing on. My dragons and I have always enjoyed reading about Fup and Bear and Zooey and Bagheera and others...

    Moo, Puddin', Pwince

    PS. Will there be more stories about Bear and Zooey and Bagheera and others? The dragons are anxiously awaiting! ;-)

    Sue October 31st, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I was so sad to read about the loss of Fup. From across the other side of the world, I read PowellsBooks.News from bottom up, starting with the adventures of Fup and her friends. Vale Fup. Store Cat, Global Cat.

    Leslie W October 31st, 2007 at 1:15 am

    I only knew Fup through the monthly newsletter, but I lost my *own* Bagheera last year, so I know your loss. Fup's 19 years seemed to be very happy ones with you guys. My condolences to you all at Powell's, and godspeed to Fup's beautiful kitty soul.

    Cobi October 31st, 2007 at 1:16 am

    Dear Fup,

    Sometimes I wear a T-shirt with your picture with my black business suit. At business meetings many times a conversation starter. I often read your wonderful adventurous stories. I guess you had a great life among all these books and I'm sure that you'll be missed by many, employees of Powell's and visitors alike.

    You were one of the reasons I looked forward to the newsletter. Know that youu'll even be missed here in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. My condolences to all at Powell's.


    Mig October 31st, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Such sad news. Even though the vast majority of my visits with Fup have been through her fictional exploits she was a part of my life. I'll miss her. My condolences to you all.

    marshonne w October 31st, 2007 at 2:10 am

    i didn't know her, but i knew her. oh the adventures! thank you fup, for making the world a little brighter. the light has dimmed now that you've gone, but we who love you will always keep the light on. rest in fuppi-ness (and happy mousing!)

    Lois October 31st, 2007 at 2:24 am

    I was lucky enough to have met Fup on several occasions. Once I sat on the floor next to her and she climbed onto my lap for a few moments. She liked me, I think, because I have many cats at home and smelled interesting! She had a lovely, royal presence and a beautiful, subtle purr. The last time I saw her was from a distance. She was asleep in her bed and I only saw an ear, twitching a little as she dreamed. Oh, I will miss her very much! I didn't always see her when I came into the store, but it was enough to know she was there. Journey well, Fup.

    Janie October 31st, 2007 at 2:34 am

    So very sorry to learn of the passing of Fup.
    I've never been to Powells. I've never even been to Oregon. But I've spend the last seven years reading about Fup in the newsletters and her stories have warmed my heart.
    Rest in peace, beautiful kitty.

    wildbill October 31st, 2007 at 2:38 am

    I look forward to each & every emailing for FUP. I Never have been in your store (NY) but as a cat person, I thought it was Great that FUP had it's own column! I lost my fur-person about a year ago to old age (18) & since then, I've moved into a bigger space, started a new sideline and have been working long hours. I'm not ready at this point to adopt another but I still carry my love of Cats with me.
    Please continue the column, and when the time is right, bring another fur-person in! I will include fup in my prayers tonight.

    John McCluskey October 31st, 2007 at 2:40 am

    What a delight Fup has been, whether one could encounter her in the store or in the newsletter. A sad moment and, yes, we aren't ready yet to dance, but in time we will and remember Fup fondly.

    sharon October 31st, 2007 at 4:05 am

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I never met Fup and have never even been to Portland, but I felt I knew her from her periodic reports in your newsletter. She will be missed.

    And now I'm going to go give some extra attention to the cat companion who watches over my books here at home.

    Wanda Lambert October 31st, 2007 at 4:14 am

    My daughter and I have been following Fup's adventures for the last couple of years. We will miss her.

    Linda October 31st, 2007 at 4:18 am

    I am in tears this morning at the news of Fup being gone. A firm believer in the Rainbow Bridge, I know that my two old friends, Oliver and Katy, were there to take Fup across and introduce her around. She will be missed. I am glad to know that the adventures of the gang will continue.

    Autumnchough October 31st, 2007 at 4:24 am

    I've never traveled from here in Maine to Powells but my orders have. When I get the email newsletter, my first action is to go to the bottom and read Fup's piece and it will be very sad and strange not to do that. My cats send condolences and I will make a contribution in honor of my "friend" from afar.

    Blessed Be and Peace be to you, Fup. Store Cat.

    Sue from Hershey October 31st, 2007 at 4:33 am

    As someone who never had the opportunity to meet Fup I'll miss her madly. I can only imagine how much her Portland people feel. She touched a lot of hearts in her nineteen years. Thank you for being you, Fup. We'll miss you.

    Barbara Stancliff October 31st, 2007 at 4:53 am

    I am so sorry to hear that Fup is no longer with us, I looked forward to reading about her adventures each week. Her passing leaves a big hole in our universe. She has gone to the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, and awaits us all.

    Sue Davis October 31st, 2007 at 5:19 am

    We are from Australia and passed through Portland when visiting my cousin last December and I was lucky enough to get some good photos of Fup - whose stories I have long enjoyed - reading them to our cat, Shadow. Fup will be sorely missed - perhaps her soul already rests in the body of the kitten ready to take her place as the protectress of Powell's.

    Heather D-G October 31st, 2007 at 5:20 am

    It made me cry to read of her loss this morning. I never met her, but she was familiar nonetheless.
    Rest in peace, faithful kitty.

    Ronda Cluff October 31st, 2007 at 5:26 am

    Fup - Is it safe to admit here that you were the main reason I subscribed to the newsletter? I'll miss you!

    Bob Newland October 31st, 2007 at 5:30 am

    I am stunned by this news. I live on the other side of the nation but have felt that Fup was always nearby. I will miss his adventures and opinions on the world.

    Heather October 31st, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Poor Fup! : ( I'm so sorry to hear of this development. She was the biggest reason I looked forward to visiting Technical–even if she did barely tolerate my bubbly attempts to be her best friend.

    Lisa Marie Garrison October 31st, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Even though I only met Fup through the site (I live on the East Coast), I was always eager to hear what Fup and friends were up to. From a bibliophile who also shares her life with cats, I offer my sincere condolences. There is nothing in this world like a cat sitting next to you while you are engrossed in a good book (recommended by Powells, of course!). Right now, Fup is in heaven chasing butterflies. And yes, we will see the dear Fup soon. Believe!

    Melissa K. October 31st, 2007 at 5:40 am

    I'm so sorry to hear about Fup. I had to have my 20 year old cat put to sleep on the 22nd. I'm inconsolable.
    Let's hope Fup and my kitty are playing just beyond the rainbow bridge.

    R. Lloyd Nelson October 31st, 2007 at 5:41 am

    As a memorial honoring Fup, perhaps it's time to adopt a homeless kitten or cat from the OHS for each of the stores? It wouldn't hurt business and I'm sure the cats would appreciate it.

    R. Lloyd Nelson

    Sonya Robinson October 31st, 2007 at 5:53 am

    I never met Fup, I live in Alabama. I get the newsletter, and the first thing I always did was go to the end to read about Fup and her friends.

    I cried anyway.

    Sue B October 31st, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Fup introduced me to Powell's, when my brother-in-law sent me a Powell's newsletter and pointed me to the "Fup. Store Cat" article. I enjoyed reading her adventures, and seeing the occasional photo.

    My condolences to her human family, those of you who cared for her for so long.

    Lemonhead October 31st, 2007 at 6:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Fup. I have been keeping up with her adventures for years, but never had the opportunity to meet her.

    May her memory live on!

    Lorraine October 31st, 2007 at 6:26 am

    Dear Fup, how I will miss her adventures and philosphy. While I could only enjoy her from afar, magical cat imaginations fit well with my reading of all things cat, oftentimes with one two of my own on my lap. Enjoy the Rainbow Bridge dear Fup with all the adventures it offers.

    David Moody October 31st, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Ave atque vale, Fup.

    James Bertoia October 31st, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Three years ago I made a pilgrimage to Powell's Books. I followed the adventures of Fup for many years. In the Tech Store I shyly asked if Fup was around, and the staff member took me in the back and I met her: a quick pet on the head and I was very happy. Farewell Fup and thank you.

    Eugenia October 31st, 2007 at 6:34 am

    oh I am so very sad to hear of Fup's passing.
    She was a cat's Cat. Heminway would have loved her.
    Stopping by to see her on my trips to Portland helped ease my missing of my cat Hudson back home. A week at a time is a long time away from a good friend and Fup was always kind enough to cross my path on my visits.
    She was a grand dame of a cat.

    Leslie Miller October 31st, 2007 at 6:35 am

    I knew this day would come and I sit at my computer, tears streaming down my cheeks onto the keyboard.

    Your comments section made her come alive even more for me.

    My last visit to Portland predated Fup, but perhaps a pilgrimage in the not to distant future will arise and I will buy books in person in honor of her, instead of through my impersonal computer.

    Now I need to dry these tears and go pat my own kitty.


    Agilagoguh October 31st, 2007 at 6:37 am

    From across the country, Fup blessed by days. She and her friends moved me to laughter and sometimes tears but always I was glad to get a glimpse of her life. I will never forget her.
    Vicki Allen

    Jennifer October 31st, 2007 at 6:41 am

    I am downright heartbroken about Fup's passing. I met her for the first time last summer and she graciously received my visit at her cozy cat home in the back room of the bookstore and allowed me a photo op with her. What a love she was!

    I have her 17th birthday t-shirt and when I wear it, I am often asked what obscenity I have shorthanded on my shirt. It's a cat, I explain. A very lovely, sweet cat. Eyebrows raise.

    My thoughts are with her colleagues who must be feeling this loss profoundly. Blessings.

    Jennifer Seyler

    Agilagoguh October 31st, 2007 at 6:41 am

    From across the country, Fup blessed my days. She and her friends moved me to laughter and sometimes tears but always I was glad to get a glimpse of her life. I will never forget her.
    Vicki Allen

    Woodstock October 31st, 2007 at 6:41 am

    It's always so sad to lose a faithful companion. Thanks for sharing her adventures over the years, and all my sympathy to those who loved her.

    Kevin W. October 31st, 2007 at 6:47 am

    I have never been to Powell's Books, but I have been receiving your e-mail newsletter and reading about Fup's adventures for years. It breaks my heart to know that Fup is gone. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

    Diane McPherson October 31st, 2007 at 6:50 am

    I'm sorry to hear that Fup is in cat heaven--well, not sorry about the cat heaven part, but sad that her friends no longer have her to enjoy. As happens with all fictional characters (I
    know she was a real cat, but since I never met her, I knew her
    only as a character who regularly appeared in your newsletter)
    she had become a fixture in my life, and so I will miss her. And I'm happy that she did not have to linger in pain; veterinary medicine is superior to human medicine in that regard.

    Shane M October 31st, 2007 at 6:51 am

    How surprised I was when I received the store email this morning... I had no idea. My work partner and I used to come to the store while on duty and I always enjoyed seeing fup. Thanks for sharing her w/ us. Condolences.
    Shane Moore

    Susan October 31st, 2007 at 6:53 am


    What a fine store cat she was and what great cat-capers she led at the Technical Store. We shall miss her and the monthly updates. Perchance a series of reprints of past Fup columns?

    How wonderful that you offered us the opportunity to remember her with a donation to the Oregon Humane Society.

    Godspeed, Fup.

    Hugs to the TechStore staff.


    Julia Klapper October 31st, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I'll really miss Fup - when the news letter arrives, I always go straight to the end to see what's up with Fup. Regretably I was not able to meet Fup on my one visit to the store several years ago.

    Mia Amato, Harlequin eBooks October 31st, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Like many in the virtual world I got to know Fup through your electronic newsletters - her queenliness came through, as did the obvious affection of her colleagues.

    My condolences on her loss, and thank you for sharing her specialness with so many others.

    Gene Bob October 31st, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Bookstore critters have always held a special place for me. When I lived in Los Angeles, I often had to step over the German Shepherd Dog @ Opamp Technical Books (sadly, I don't recall his name).

    Then, many years later when I moved to Dallas, there was Books, the gentle Labrador at Nerd Books (Richardson TX) who often guided me to a new section.

    Although I never met Fup, I know that *every* bookstore should have a critter on premises to add that certain je nais se quois

    Vicki Moyer October 31st, 2007 at 7:03 am

    My sincere condolences to you on the passing of a cherished friend, Fup.

    I too recently lost a dear friend, Chaz, who left following a couple of strokes which rendered him capable of only left-hand turns. He was 18 and had ruled the house lo those many years. He is sorely missed as I am sure is Fup. She will forever remain a cherished part of Powell's Books.

    Vicki Moyer, Frankfort, Indiana

    Debby October 31st, 2007 at 7:06 am

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Like many others, I scrolled to the Fup part of the newsletter first to read about her. I'll miss her presence.

    Ellen Maher October 31st, 2007 at 7:06 am

    Learning of Fup's death brought tears to my eyes. All of you who loved and cared for and worked with Fup have my sincere sympathy. My own sweet Golly died a few months ago, so I know how it feels to lose a cat who has become a real person.
    Once when I was visiting Portland, a trip to the Tech Store was tops on my itinerary, as much to meet Fup as for the books. She was asleep on top of an office machine, but it was neat just to see her for real.
    I always open the Powell's newsletter as soon as it hits my email, and I scroll down to "Fup. Store Cat" before I read anything else. I'll miss those vignettes a lot.
    Here's hoping that heaven is for cats -- at least cats who have become persons, like Fup.

    Nell Molloy October 31st, 2007 at 7:08 am

    I like to think that dear Fup is holding court with furry friends who have gone before. Perhaps she will meet my longtime furry companion who died last year at the age of 18. He looked remarkably like Fup and shared similar thoughts, I am sure. My condolences to Bear, Oreo and Chester and to the staff at the bookstore.
    Long live Fup in memory ~

    Kathy October 31st, 2007 at 7:11 am

    Dear, dear Fup,
    Rest in peace - and find plenty of time to dance.
    Please say hello to all of our other fur-friends that have gone over the Rainbow Bridge.
    Condolences to the staff.

    Susan Hradil October 31st, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Sad. Gonna go hug Smokey, our 19 year old cat who came to live with us the day his owner, my dad, passed away. Then gonna take him out for a walk on his leash, which he loves. Oh, not the leash so much, but the walk. And gonna close my eyes and send Fup a hug, and then another to my dad. Life gives us all these chances for sadness and love. Sweet dreams, Fup. Hope there are lots of books there, and lots of mice.

    Riz/Empress October 31st, 2007 at 7:14 am

    My deepest condolences--I've known Fup through the newsletter, and a few like her in real life.

    Adela Jabine October 31st, 2007 at 7:16 am

    I can't believe I'm crying! I never met Fup, only read about her for the last umpteen years. I admired her extreme felinity (although I myself am a dog person) and will miss reading about her adventures. Condolences to Powell's staffers, you have my sympathy.

    Betty Scheldt October 31st, 2007 at 7:16 am

    I'm so sorry for Fup's passing. It's harder for us left behind than for Fup. I'm sure she's more comfortable now than when she was in her aged body. My cat of 20 yrs. passed away last May and I know its very hard to let them go even after knowing they had a good life and were very loved. She's at the Rainbow Bridge playing and waiting for her loved ones to join her. God bless!

    Jeanne Sawtelle October 31st, 2007 at 7:21 am

    I never met Fup but have enjoyed reading about her adventures.

    I know how the loss of any animal can sadden one and especially such a famous

    Rest in PEACE, Fup.
    Condolences to her family.

    Kristin Bell October 31st, 2007 at 7:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Fup. I guess it had to happen sometime, but there never is a good time for the ones we love. I met Fup at the store and she was wonderful. I petted her on a couple of occasions and I always enjoyed reading about her in the newsletters. Fup was such a wonderful cat and made trips to the technical bookstore that much more wonderful. My heart goes out to those who knew her better and continue to love her although she has passed. Long live Fup! Rest in Peace fair kitty!

    Laurence Burghart October 31st, 2007 at 7:28 am

    As much as I enjoy books and reading about them and the books themselves the high point of Powells Newsletter is always the wit and wisdom of Fup. She will be missed.

    Chris October 31st, 2007 at 7:30 am

    My condolences to those who loved her. From New York I looked forward to reading about FUP and her friends, and felt tied to Oregon via the newsletter, as well as connected to the creativity that FUP inspired. I can't have cats where I live, but FUP was a special friend, whom I looked forward to hearing about. Am sure that FUP will be surrounded by catnip and books where she ends up, with an appreciative audience to all her adventures.

    rothko October 31st, 2007 at 7:32 am

    ohhhh, i am so very sad to hear about fup's passing. i've only been to portland once, back in 1998; while i went to powell's, i don't think i went to technical and at any rate, i never met fup. but i always looked forward to the newsletter and reading about her escapades. oh fup, you will be missed. rest in kitty peace.

    Lyn Palmer October 31st, 2007 at 7:55 am

    A world without Fup? How can this be?

    I never met Fup, and was actually planning on making a side trip to Powell's while in Portland for the first time on business in December. I am sorry to have missed the reigning queen of Book Cats.

    Pucci and Denzel send their whiskered condolences as well.

    Pam October 31st, 2007 at 8:03 am

    I knew something was off-color last Thursday -- now I know the cause of the disquieted feeling that dogged me through the entire day. As a long-time pet lover and owner (currently in the household: 4 cats and 1 dog, who thinks he reigns supreme), I've held my share of beloved pets as they passed away from me; I know the pain. I do hope that all of the wonderful stories about Fup and her cohorts will be collected into a single volume and sold, with proceeds going to the Oregon Humane Society, perhaps. Now THAT would be a fitting memorial.

    Marri October 31st, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Hmmmm. I too must admit, like so many of these FUP fans, the first thing (and admittedly, occasions when time was short, the ONLY thing) I read in the newletter, was Fup's adventure. This was a long and wonderful story that came from afar to make the world seem less unfamiliar and distant.

    As Nan Hannon so eloquently wrote;

    "The Old Ones say it takes three days
    for a ghost to cross the sky,
    walking west, the way the sun goes.
    But how, you ask, shall we cross
    that whitewater, Sky River?

    ...seeing the grace your crossing will be;
    balanced in the heart of the flow,
    stone to shining stone,
    star to star."

    (from "Sky River" by Nan Hannon)

    Cats are poems written in physical space. The books will not be so mused without Fup's poetic exclamation.


    linda October 31st, 2007 at 8:07 am

    I was fortunate enough to meet Fup in 2005-- it was the highlight of my trip to Portland! She reminds me of my own old and ornery kitty who is now pushing 18. Long live Fup!

    Eilene Campion October 31st, 2007 at 8:08 am

    I and my four cats (Melange, Lil Orphan Annie, Bubba and Fuego) wish to add our condolences to Fup's friends, both two and four-legged. There will never be another Fup, for all cats are unique, but I know that there will be another resident cat at the store, for no family is complete without a cat. I hope there was a crowd to welcome her as she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

    Carolyn Wolfe October 31st, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Like others who have written, I never had the pleasure of making her acquaintance in person, but I delighted in her adventures in literature through your email newsletter. My own three cats, Mercury, Artemus, and Molly, love nothing better than to read my books through osmosis.
    There is nothing like the sound of purring when one is reading a good book. Goddess bless you Fup.

    Trevor Graham October 31st, 2007 at 8:10 am

    My thoughts are of you Fup as you leave this mortal coil, and continue onto the next. May your afterlife be as pleasant as you imagine it to be.

    I'm glad to have met you virtually. I looked forward to your adventures in the newsletter. Sadly, I never met you during my store visits.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have something in my eye.

    Joyce October 31st, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Fup was the reason I first visited Powell's online; I couldn't resist a bookstore with a resident cat. I've never been to Portland, so I didn't have the privilege of meeting Fup in person, but I always enjoyed her stories in the newsletter. The store must feel a bit empty without her physical presence, but I'm sure that her spirit remains. I'll make a donation to help homeless kitties in her name.

    Emily Gertz October 31st, 2007 at 8:26 am

    One beautiful Portland afternoon in or around 1999, as I sat having coffee in the cafe at the front of Powells Technical Books, I was thrilled to see Fup step out from around a book display. Despite my best efforts to attract her attention (and I've been owned by cats all my life), Fup regally ignored me (*almost* sidling up to my legs, as if to drive home the full scope of her royal disdain) and went to observe her Park Blocks realm through the plate glass windows, instead.

    Fup, I know you're in cat heaven, which in your case is surely a huge bookstore with adoring fans and colleagues, and your animal buddies. My sympathies to you all at Powells; thanks for being such good caretakers of Fup.

    Stephanie Reynolds October 31st, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I visited Powells bookstore many times when I lived closer and I remember the cat sleeping in the store (on the counter?) But I really didn't becoume acquainted with Fup until I started receiving the newsletter emails. To be honest, tho I read the newsletter, I really took it only to read Fups adventures. I printed several of them and saved them. I burst into tears when I received this newest letter on Halloween.
    I really will miss Fup. I do hope all of her friends will keep up the blog of their adventures. My 4 cats and dog also send their sympathy. We know this is a very hard time for you all.

    Stephanie October 31st, 2007 at 8:36 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Fup in person - I live in Denver and my trips to Powell's are all too rare, but reading of her adventures is always the highlight of the newsletter.

    I lost my own kitty this summer, so my condolences to those who knew and loved Fup are all the more heartfelt.

    Sheri Hewitt October 31st, 2007 at 8:37 am

    I have only been to the store twice as I live 2.5 hours away so I've never seen Fup. But, the wonderful adventures of Fup and her friends was my favorite part of the newsletter. I'm a cat lover so every cat is loved and honored.

    I'll miss Fup and her musings.

    I hope there will be another wonderful cat to take up her post. Thank you for sharing her with all of us

    Art Foster October 31st, 2007 at 8:41 am

    My first (and best) memory of Fup in 1988 was watching her game of maneuvering and teetering along on the narrow space in front of books on a shelf and trying not to fall to the floor.

    Jane October 31st, 2007 at 8:41 am

    After years of reading Fup's adventures in the newsletter, I often thought of going to the Tech store just to see Fup in person. I'm sad that possibility is now gone forever.

    Dear, old Fup. You will be missed.

    Alita October 31st, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Fup, store cat, rest in peace. You've earned it.

    I am glad thankful that I got to meet Fup in person and that we all got to share in her adventures via the newsletter. Fup was one special kitty. My sincere condolences to Bear, Zoey, and all the Powells staff.

    Bruce Morley October 31st, 2007 at 8:53 am

    What will her friends do without her ? Nothing ever fills the hole; you just stop thinking about it all the time. Thank you for sharing Fup with all of us out here. I'll miss her.

    Malette Poole October 31st, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Like so many others, Fup was the highlight of each and every newsletter from Powells for me. She will be sorely missed but will live on in our memories as a friend, whether we met her in person or not.

    The news of her passing today made me go give my boys an extra hug. Bert and Ernie are only three. Ernie guards me while I sleep, Bert patrols the downstairs and takes up his station on my lap when I am in his domain. They tolerate the dogs and will even sit to get treats. :)

    Today, they seem to sense I am sad and are paying extra attention. I will attempt to explain it to them. We will all honor Fup. I only pray I have them for a like time.

    North Carolina

    Bruce Bikle October 31st, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Strikes me that a State (City?) funeral is probably in order. In this world of passing things Fup was point of sanity and stability. I like thousands of others mourn her passing. Our cat, Baxter, joins Alene and I in sadness.

    Glenda Johnson October 31st, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for letting us remember such a sly, sweet soul. Fup was a fixture that made Powells unique. Hopefully management will see fit to honor her memory not only with some pithy plaque but by being open to another store cat--I am sure that Fup will send one if they are open to it. My best to all of us that have been touched by her.

    Lori October 31st, 2007 at 9:08 am

    As with others, I had no idea. And, as others did, I cried. To learn that Fup is gone on the eve of the Day of the Dead is fitting, at least.
    I guess management was wrong when they objected to having a store cat...You had the best. My sincere sympathy.
    I had thought for a couple of years that Dave might put out a book of Fup's adventures; I would like to know what she was up to before I found her in the newsletter.

    Dee October 31st, 2007 at 9:09 am

    My deepest condolences. I feel like I knew her from your wonderful newsletter.

    I will remember her in my ancestor ritual this evening.

    May Bast hold you in Her loving paws, Fup!

    Meredith Norwich October 31st, 2007 at 9:11 am

    This day had to come...but it is sad nonetheless. I did get to meet Fup once, and she struck me as a very dignified cat indeed. My sympathy to her friends (human and otherwise)...she will be missed.

    Lisa October 31st, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Word of Fup's passing made me sad. I love the "four-foots" and I love books and especially (ofcoursewhowouldn't?) Powell's. My first-ever personal pilgrimage to the Mother Ship (and various satellites) was this past summer. While I didn't see Fup, I thought of her and her colleagues often as I happily pored over the frankly dizzying numbers of books until closing time (I only bought what I could lift). --Sigh--independent bookstores and cats... As I continue to add titles from my daily RAU lists to my extensive Wishlists, I will also eagerly look forward to InBox installments of "Fup. Store Cat." by whatever title you decide to bestow on the critter column. My sympathy goes to those who knew and loved Fup and will miss her most. And Godspeed, Fup! You were a fine kitty.

    George Rhoads October 31st, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Sorry to hear that Fup died. I hope you will continue the Fup blog. Fup should be able to get even more gossip now that she is unseen. I'm sure she will haunt the shelves and aisles of Powells for years to come.


    Marlene October 31st, 2007 at 9:22 am

    When I looked out this morning and saw the grey Seattle skies, I knew that I would received sad news today. Had a chance to meet Fup on several occasions since 1995 when a friend who lived in Portland first took me to see her. On more than one occasion she herded through my legs as I pretended to be interested in the books, but rather relished in her headbutts instead.
    Pretty much only read about Fup's adventures in the newsletter and maybe scrolled through the rest as an afterthought. My tears continue to fall like rain, but I will always remember Fup and the folks who shared her with us. Don't worry techstaff, she will still watch over your books as a guardian angelcat and will perhaps provide you with fodder for new adventure writings. We will miss her!

    thebaey October 31st, 2007 at 9:25 am

    oh fup. bye bye little kitty, we'll all miss you. my sincere condolences to the staff at powell's.

    Bill Fluty October 31st, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I was only introduced to Fup. Store Cat. through the electronic newsletter, but over the past few years, I felt we had actually met. Condolences on her passing.

    Pat October 31st, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Dearest darling Fup, I ordered a book once from Powell's and I ended up on their e-mail list. Being busy, I didn't have time to read much of it, but I always, always read your blog, regardless of how much work I had on my desk. Sweet Fup, you changed my mind about cats. I've always been a dog person, and I've been afraid of cats, but getting to know you changed that. I wish I'd had a chance to meet you in person. I don't think I could grieve more if I had, though. I feel as though I've lost a friend. I promise, though: one day I'll give a cat a home (Bo's'n and Pippa, my wire-haired fox terriers wouldn't think much of the idea now), and I'll name that cat after you. In the meantime, I thank from the bottom of my heart your good friends who brought your life into mine. They shared your wonderful sense of whimsy, I think. Sleep soft, dear Fup. Wander the fields of heaven with peace and joy. Yours in sorrow, Pat.

    Leslie H. October 31st, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Alas, the day I dreaded has come and Fup is gone. I, too, am one of those who read the newsletter from the bottom up to check on Fup and her adventures. My condolences to you all.

    Ted Voth Jr October 31st, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Yeah, well… I felt I knew her. I was wondering how old she was, how long we'd have her with us… She was a grande dame… I seem to have something in my eye…

    Sherie October 31st, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Goodbye, dear Fup.

    I was lucky enough to meet this wonderful cat in August, and she was kind enough to flex her paws and give a small wriggle when I petted her. I'd met her through the newsletter, of course, and when I was lucky enough to be in Portland visiting Fup was my first mission.

    I have said goodbye to five cats of my own, and it's never easy. Blessings on Fup and on the caring staff who were her attentive servants.

    Sherie October 31st, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Happy butterfly chasing in the sky, dear Fup

    Julie Spilker October 31st, 2007 at 9:36 am

    The dark days are a little darker now... heartfelt condolences to those who feel the loss. She was much beloved and shan't be forgotten. Will light a candle also, rather than curse the darkness. Farewell Fup!

    Michele October 31st, 2007 at 9:37 am

    My condolences to the Powell's family on Fup's passing. I, like many others, always read the newsletter from the bottom up, curious to read of Fup's latest adventures. Thank you for sharing her with us all around the world for so many years. I think a fitting tribute to Fup would be to set up a donation box at Powell's where patrons could drop off food, blankets, towels, toys, etc. that could be donated to a local shelter or humane society.
    Rest in peace, Fup, and have fun playing with my beloved Lucy.

    Anna October 31st, 2007 at 9:38 am

    ‘Sup, Fup?
    Ohho -- boo-hoo.

    Yowells? Yodels? Vowels?
    Barking parking.
    Only dogs snore.

    Archy and Mehitabel.
    Tech Staff and Fup.
    Long line of Queens and their consorts.

    “oh i should worry and fret
    death and i will coquette
    there s a dance in the old dame yet
    toujours gai toujours gai”

    From “the song of mehitabel,” by Don Marquis.

    Toujours gai and love

    Julie Teel October 31st, 2007 at 9:40 am

    From here in San Diego, I always eagerly devoured news of Fup. This morning when I saw the newsletter in my inbox, I excitedly hurried to make a cup of tea before settling down too read of Fup. I am very sad to learn she's gone.

    Jeanne October 31st, 2007 at 9:41 am

    So sorry. I'm glad to hear her doctor came to the store and that she didn't have to "travel".
    Peace be with you Fup. Have fun with all your new friends across the Rainbow Bridge.

    Danielle Signor October 31st, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Although I never encountered Fup in person during my visits to Technical, I lived for each new installment of her adventures in the newsletter (and like others have said, she was the main attraction for subscribing.) I have the 18 Karat Fup shirt and it never fails to get attention.

    Godspeed, lovely Fup, and my deepest condolences to the Powell's staff.

    Linda F. Peterson October 31st, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Like a number of your readers who do not live in the area, Fup was my first stop on the e-newsletter. Thank you for sharing her stories. I'm sorry for your loss and ours but, am grateful for having been privy to her world. Thank you.

    Grace October 31st, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Fup was the best of the news from Powell's - and I always hoped it would make it to the top of the newsletter. I am sad to see it there now when she's gone. I have shed some tears and hope she'll be remembered well by her friends at Powell's - Condolences to all for the loss. Thanks for sharing this remarkable creature with the world. I will miss her.

    Joanne Page October 31st, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I met Fup once, some years ago on a visit to Portland. She was resting on top of a file cabinet in the office. We had a little conversation...she was rather bored about it all, but I was very honored to finally meet her. Ever since, I've looked forward each month to reading her current news. I'll miss her.

    Lynnie October 31st, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Fup's adventures were always what I read first in the newsletter. Rest in peace, sweet kitty.

    Deb Dierking October 31st, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I am so sad to learn of Fup's passing. I am sitting here crying over the loss of a cat I never met, but had come to know and love over the years through tales of her adventures. I will miss Fup very much, and hug my felines a few hundred extra times today.
    Thank you for sharing her with us.

    Kay Ruhland October 31st, 2007 at 10:00 am

    After glancing at the book offerings in your newsletter, I always scrolled down to read Fup's Tale of the Day. How sad to learn that such a lovely animal is gone although certainly not forgotten.

    Years ago I had to have my "rescued" cat put down 18 years after raising her from 5-7 days old. I still miss her. Now and then I think I catch sight of her out of the corner of my eye. Her "10th Life" perhaps?

    Valerie Kramer October 31st, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Farewell Fup! Though I was only fortunate enough to see you a few times, I was always glad to know you were there. Your article was always the first part of the newsletter I would read. Next time I'm in the store, I'm sure I'll sense a big cat-shaped hole somewhere in the building.

    Spike October 31st, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Spike and the human staff of Left Bank Books send our deepest sympathies.

    Emily October 31st, 2007 at 10:08 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Fup, but I always loved looking at her picture and reading about her adventures in the online newsletter. What a beautiful girl.

    Marlene Head October 31st, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Greetings and most sincere condolences from the book-filled household of Marlene, Desiree, Miss Maggi, and Miss Chloe in Tujunga, California.

    ZJ October 31st, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Thanks, Fup, for just being there. On several occassions over the past 10 years, you let me scratch your chin or between your ears as you purred in approval. You will be greatly missed!

    Adrian October 31st, 2007 at 10:16 am

    I was so sad to hear of Fup's passing. I receive the e-newsletter and while I scanned through all the great book info, my heart always looked forward most to reading FUP.STORE CAT and the escapades of the friends. I will miss Fup's stoic ways and wisdom. I hope one of her friends will pick up the baton and carry on in her place. Sending love and condolences to all who remain behind.

    Kat October 31st, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Goodbye sweet Fup and thank you for sharing your adventures with us all these many years.

    The Tabby Boys (Salvador and Spencer) and I extend our deepest sympathy to Fup's family and friends.

    Joe O. October 31st, 2007 at 10:22 am

    How sad, and strange. This past weekend, in NJ, I wondered how old Fup was, and how long she would grace the stacks and aisles in Portland. Alas, she was already gone.

    She will be missed by many, all around the globe.


    Flo October 31st, 2007 at 10:28 am

    I was saddened to hear about Fup. I have enjoyed reading about her exploits on the Powell's website. I am a cat lover and lost my own 15 year old cat, Mickey, this past April. I still miss her terribly. So my condolences to the staff at Powell's. I am sure you will remember Fup fondly, as will I.

    Anne J. October 31st, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Dear, dear Fup. My son and I went to the store especially to meet her; she was very gracious. She had the most beyoootiful eyes... My condolences to her co-workers and fans.

    Donna Aastrom October 31st, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I sure will miss reading Fup's column of all her and her friends' adventures. We lost our last kitty of 18 years almost 2 years ago and it was a sad time to send her over the Rainbow Bridge to wait for us. Fup was a beautiful kitty and a beautiful cat soul.

    pdxgirl October 31st, 2007 at 10:34 am

    I carry the Fup gift card in my wallet and everyone always comments on it. Fup and my kitty, Rocket, look amazingly alike. I had started to worry when I didn't see a Fup. 19 shirt on the website, and on the arrival of every newsletter I scrolled nervously to Fup. Store Cat.

    I'm crying at my computer and hoping no one comes to my office in the near future. Condolences to Powell's staff and fellow Fup lovers. She was a Portland fixture and will always be remembered fondly.

    Patricia Schaller October 31st, 2007 at 10:36 am

    After having kept up with Fup for years via the newsletter, when we moved to Portland, the first thing I did was to visit her. We had a nice chat. When I found out Fup had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I sought her out again in my sorrow. She is glad to be free of pain and able to breathe better. She rain around the green grass and the big Maple tree just across the bridge to show me she is feeling like a kitten again. However, she said she will not waste time with foolishness since she is still quite committed to her job at Powells. To her, nothing has changed much. She sends love to all. I wouldn't be surprised to see her around the store regularly.

    Patricia Schaller
    Pet Communicator

    James October 31st, 2007 at 10:37 am

    That is very sad news. When I was little, my dad took me to powell's technical somewhat frequently, starting shortly after you opened at your current location. I always spent most of my time then following and playing with Fup. She even lay in my lap by those stairs a few times. I've lived in the area ever since, and have rarely browsed your shelves without seeing her. My sincerest condolances to all of her coworkers. She will be missed.

    Aud ‘n Dinah October 31st, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Fup's friends, we are very sorry for your loss. Although we were not friends with Fup, reading about her adventures brightened our days. We will miss you, Fup. Hugs to your store people.

    jill October 31st, 2007 at 10:50 am

    This Vermonter will miss reading about Fup's adventures. Goodbye sweet kitty...

    Betty Widerski October 31st, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I was very sorry to hear of Fup's passing - I'm still tearing up in my cubicle as I'm writing this. While I never met her in person, I'm one of those people who narrate their cats' thoughts out loud to others, so I loved hearing her story through the newsletter.

    My condolences to you, and my next random gift to a cat in need (a habit developed after experience with expert-but-expensive veterinary care for ours) will be in Fup's memory.

    Richard Blough October 31st, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Fup never visited the Powells in our Chicago neighborhood, but I always visited her, in the newsletter. She's suddenly gone, and it's such a loss. As I rediscover every decade or so, even cats don't live forever.

    Cynthia Ortiz October 31st, 2007 at 11:11 am

    My condolences to all. Having had a cat for 19 years, a stray like Fup, that eventually had to be put to sleep, I know what an empty hole her absence leaves. Fup's adventures were a highlight of your wonderful newsletter and I will miss that. Sorry I never got to meet her in person. Rest in peace, Fup.

    sk October 31st, 2007 at 11:17 am

    I always enjoyed reading about Fup's adventures, though I could never set foot in the store (dang those allergies and my need to breathe) and am sorry that she has passed.

    claudette October 31st, 2007 at 11:18 am

    ah, dear fup!

    there were books mentioned in the newsletter? i thought it was solely a showcase for fup. the small wisdoms you gave! the warmth of your friendships.

    i had never met you in person. although when the possibility of a december trip to portland arose, you were my goal.

    but i will miss you just the same.
    condolences to all who knew fup. store cat.


    Dr.Stuart Schaller, PhD October 31st, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Rest in Peace, dear Fup

    Feak October 31st, 2007 at 11:25 am

    My human just told me the news. We are very sad here on the other side of the country. Even though we live so far away, I could live Fup's adventures through the newsletter.

    Bookstore cats are wonderful. I sometimes wish I'd been a bookstore cat, too. RIP dear Fup.

    Prune October 31st, 2007 at 11:32 am

    An infrequent visitor to Powell's Tech, I met Fup only once. I came in dire need of a tome on digital design for a pending job interview. Fup hobbled by and gave me one of those *cat* looks (we have a pair of moggies at home) -- by Royal Appointment, I was now a transportation device.

    She spent the next few minutes nestled on my shoulder, purring softly. Eventually, a store employee gently informed me that, due to store health policy, Fup was no longer accepting rides from strangers. Coincidentally (hah!), this was just as Fup was done with me, so we parted amicably.

    I bought one book. I read it fervently. I am writing this from my desk at work: I got the job. Happenstance? Sorry -- I've read Diane Duane's "feline wizards" series, and I know better. Fup is moving on to the next life, whichever that may be for her.

    I hope you continue the blog entries. I expect that the careful ears of those who knew her best can continue in this interval of separation.

    Dreams, dreams, enchanter!
    Gone like the shadow
    when the fire dies;
    Gone like the harp's echo
    when the strings fall mute;
    Be still, and listen!

    Terri Jenkins-Brady October 31st, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Everyone here at our tiny publishing company in NW Tennessee feels we lost a dear friend. Fup, you were the main reason we read the newsletter, and you are going to be sorely missed. Condolences to the TechStore staff, and we believe with all our hearts that Fup will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge when her human friends cross over too.

    Dr. Q October 31st, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Thank you so much for sharing Fup with us over the years. I met her on three occasions when I was in Portland and will never forget how wonderful it was to have a bibliocat on duty! My kitties(who range from 6 mos to 18 yrs)send our deepest sympathy to all of you on your (and our) loss.

    We shall miss her adventures and wisdom. She brightened many days for me.

    Julia Davis October 31st, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Living in Portland all my life, I don't know how I found out about Fup's existence so late. I love cats, and just a couple weeks ago I was reading about Fup and thinking about how I would need to make a trip to the store soon to meet her. Unfortunately, I didn't get that chance. I am sure you were well loved and will continue to be well loved, Fup.

    Ann in Sutherlin October 31st, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I'll miss you, dear Fup. Your presence in the newsletter brought you into my life, and now that you are gone there's a cat-sized gap. There are tears in my eyes as I write this.

    Rest in peace.

    CrazyOne October 31st, 2007 at 11:41 am

    I knew this would come one day. Even as I read Fup's section of the newsletter each issue (often enough the *only* thing I actually read in the newsletter, in fact) I wondered when that time would be. A cat in her late teens, well, it's not particularly unexpected. But that doesn't make it any less sad now that the day is here....

    We did get to Powell's Technical a couple summers ago during a west coast trip (we live in Pittsburgh), but we did not get to meet Fup in person that afternoon. An employee at the store assured us she was there, probably sleeping in the back, and she had been out and about earlier. Sigh.

    So long Fup. I'm sure your spirit will live on at Powell's and with all of us.

    Melissa Williams October 31st, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Dearest Miss Fup,
    My kitty family and I are heartbroken that you will no longer grace the aisles of Powell's. Though I never had the privilege of meeting you, your adventures and perspective on life were eagerly awaited in each Newsletter. Thanks for the wonderful kitty-love you shared with all who knew you. Our deepest condolences to your human family and to your "critter family" as well.

    Melissa, Panda & Miss Flossie-Boise,ID

    Maggie Allyson October 31st, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Even though I'm a serious word person, I always read Fup's section first in the newsletter. My cat Amethyst also lived to be 19, and I still miss her. I think I will also miss Fup.

    don peer October 31st, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    You have my heartfelt sympathy. I've become over the years a follower of Powell's company cat, and I'll miss Fup's musings. I know what it's like to lose a dear furry friend, and it's not easy. When the time is right -- and it will probably be a while -- maybe a new cat (out at the Humane Society?) can take over the watch at 10th and Burnside.

    It's entirely possible that Fup had died earlier in another dimension, and was simply serving his stint in Heaven for all those years at Powell's.


    Dan October 31st, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    My condolences to all. I never had the opportunity to meet Fup in person but I enjoyed reading her exploits every newsletter.

    I hope that her friends will continue to grace us with their adventures each month. But there really isn't a replacement for such a great cat.

    Kate October 31st, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Oh, Fup. You've been in my heart the past few years. There goes the neighborhood.

    While it's hard to imagine a better life than a bookstore cat's, as we Buddhists say, may you reach the purelands or have a better rebirth!

    Do give a highpaw to my family friends who also passed this year: Citta, Mikko, and Skyhawk!

    Reva October 31st, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I was never lucky enough to lay eyes on Fup in the fur, but always looked forward to the newsletter because I knew I'd see her there. Condolences to all of Powell's family and friends from another biblio-ailurophile. I'll miss you, too, Fup.

    signe porter October 31st, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    When I first came to Powell Books email list, I found Fup. Fup kept me coming back until I could appreciate Powell's for itself.

    Thank you Fup....

    Steve Tamplen October 31st, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I never got to meet Fup personally, but it was a highlight to read FUP.STORE CAT. in every newsletter, which I always copied to my wife. We have 2 cats and I couldn't bear to lose either of them.

    My condolences to all of you at Powell's.

    Erica E. October 31st, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I have been a Fup admirer for several years. My brother, who works at Powell's, has become accustom to the yearly call, "The new Fup t-shirt is on sale, will you get me one? I need it." I just met Fup in person at the beginning of October, I am so glad we stopped by and I could give Fup a pet.

    Sophia October 31st, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I am so, so sorry to hear that Fup has passed. I have very much enjoyed reading of her adventures over the past couple of years.

    I lost my dog Teegan the middle of this month. She was 15 (the vet said she didn't think she had ever seen a 15 year old Springer Spaniel.) I know how miserable I felt/feel, so I can only imagine how all of you are reacting.

    Best wishes to you all.

    Shawn Wall October 31st, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    I was working at Powell's when Joshua (first manager) came in with a kitten. The story he told was that his sister had gotten it, but couldn't keep her. So he took her with the idea of making her a store cat. Higher management was not pleased, but she stuck. I was there when she was named. It was based on Puff, backwards. Joshua complained that every cat his family had had was named Puff, so he wanted "anti-puff".

    My fondest memories:
    As a kitten she chased her kibble across the floor for several seconds before "killing" and eating it. She liked to sleep in the tubs of plastic packing peanuts, burrowing in till she was mostly covered with them.

    As she grew older and bolder she repeatedly had to be carried back to our store (first location) from the adjoining printing shop. We never figured out what route through ceiling, wall, venting or whatever she used to get to them. Doubtless she transported. They were very nice about it.

    I remember two co-workers (Otto and John) mounting the remains of one her captured and killed mice (yes, real mouse, not toy) to a piece of cardboard and leaving it displayed with suitable title above the employee toilet. It was pretty mummified by the time the rest of us convinced them to take it down.

    Finally, the time there was an alarm at night in the store (I was manager at the time and had been called out to be there) and being told by the officer outside that another officer was inside checking the store with a patrol dog. I yelped that we had a store cat which he relayed via walkie-talkie to the guy inside who immediately responded in a very amused voice "Yeah, we just found that out!". Evidently she and dog met almost nose to nose while one or the other was coming around a corner. Fup was mostly cool, the dog freaked!

    I was able to keep up with the store and Fup through the newsletter. I will miss her, remember her, treasure the experiences and wait for the future. You must have another, preferably soon. Or you'll have to change the sign and the feel of the store. She made Tech friendly and accessible for everyone.

    Condolences to us all.

    Catherine October 31st, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Nineteen years....longer than most marriages, certainly a way of life -you will all surely miss her, and for that I'm very sorry. Just think though, what a grand life for a cat, to be homeless and wander into the best bookstore in the land and not only find a home but when you walk off the stage, people all over the world read the news and sitting in front of their computers say "Oh! No...." out loud. Of course, cats being the creatures they are, and Fup being the Cat she was, I imagine she would take it all in stride. Take heart -I have it on good authority that for cats in heaven there are barns (much like mine) where the mice hold nightly revels and catnip is in unlimited supply. God speed, Fup!

    Teresa McMeans October 31st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    R.I.P. sweet Fup! You will be sorely missed by all of your long-time friends and visitors. We should all be so lucky to have such a long and well-spent life as yourself.

    Eva Pasco October 31st, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    A cat lover who has three female felines, I can empathize with your loss. Fup has probably found a library in another realm where he can still feast on tuna and perch on books. My condolences for the void Fup has left in your store.


    Valorie October 31st, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Goodbye Fup, your stories were an insight to the world of bookstore and cat-you will be missed

    Lisa F October 31st, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    My deepest sympathies. I myself lost a beloved cat on August 1st, and have subsequently been oscillating between the surrealism of grief and the surrealism of the everyday (the latter is far more incomprehensible.)

    There are many moving poems for times like these, but I think the following short piece by James Merrill is particularly apt. Cat, dog, or human, something endures....and returns.


    My life, your light green eyes
    Have lit on me with joy.

    There's nothing I don't know
    Or shall not know again.
    It's noon, it's dawn, it's night.

    I am the dog that dies
    In the deep street of Troy
    Tomorrow, long ago-

    Part of me dims with pain,
    Becomes the stinging flies,
    the bent head of the boy.

    Part of me looks into your light
    And lives to tell you so.

    Alisa Slaughter October 31st, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Fup and Powells: best reasons to come back to Portland. Her picture and a plate of tandoori chicken go on the Day of the Dead altar tomorrow, along with the snickers bar and cup of strong coffee for my dad.

    Susan B. October 31st, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, Jeez, Fup, I never did get to meet you. But I did get two of your t-shirts, knowing that those upper teens birthdays are special accomplishments for kitties. Loves to you, dearie, and show 'em how a good smack is done in the afterlife. Say high to Bast.

    Dr. Dave October 31st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    My family and I met Fup on a trip through Oregon in the late '90s. My younger daughter (about 10 at the time) spotted her at the end of an aisle and went to investigate. About a minute later, she was back holding Fup in her arms. Fup was purring - and very tolerant.

    We are all saddened to hear of Fup's passing. She now belongs to the ages.

    Jennifer Rupert October 31st, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I so looked forward to reading about Fup's adventures. It literally brings a tear to my eye to hear she has passed on. I will miss hearing about her. What a great and full life she led. I am glad her death was peaceful and with those who loved her. My thoughts are with her kitty and human friends at the bookstore.

    Marty October 31st, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Please accept my condolences on your loss of Fup. Obviously, those of you who were Fup's voices touched something in many of us who logged on to learn about the new books, but couldn't leave the website without checking on Fup and friends.


    San Fran Mulligan October 31st, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Fup had a rich and long life, filled with abundant friends and admirers. If she could have asked for more, she probably wouldn't.

    My heart goes out to you humans that will also miss her.

    San Fran

    David October 31st, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for caring, and showing that you care.

    Geralyn Beauchamp October 31st, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Fup was such a part of the store! How do you replace such a grand creature? You simply cannot, but can only cherish the memory. What a long, lustrous life of greeting, and smiling giving! I got my share I know! Fup will be greatly missed! My heart goes out to those who took such great care of Fup. When one loses such a love, it's no different than losing family.


    Ingrid Wilkerson October 31st, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I may not read the whole newsletter but I never missed Fup's section. I'm so very, very sorry she's gone and thank you for sharing her with your patrons who don't live near the store. Cats and books have always been good companions. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Pablo October 31st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    So sorry to hear about Fup. On behalf of the cats of Australia, I'd like to extend my sincere condolences to everyone at Powell's.

    Pablo the Cat, West Hobart, Australia

    Leilani Clark October 31st, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    As I write this, the tears are flowing. I feel I've known Fup a long time. Rest in Peace Sweet Kitty. We will all miss you.

    Jo, Don and Moki October 31st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    We made a trip to Portland this past summer with the express purpose of meeting Fup. When we first spotted her at the Tech Store, she was meditating in the office, so we just said hello and left. We returned later that day and I looked for her - she came out and sat in the aisle and talked to me a bit and let me pet her. Then she made her way back to the office and went to sleep. She seemed so fRail and fragile, I was afraid that she wouldn't be with us much longer, but I am SO glad that I got to meet her in person before she moved on. I can't imagine the newsletter without her, but .... Blessings to everyone as we learn to get along without "our" dear Fup.

    Joyce Bell October 31st, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    You are gone, I am bereft. You were the only reason I subscribed to Powell's newsletter though eventually I began to read other sections (after reading your column first, of course). Though I never had the honor of meeting you in person I'm glad to have known you through the newsletter and your pictures on the website. May you rest in peace.

    chuff October 31st, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Once, I remember FUP climbing down the old spiral book slide and greeting me at the bottom, as if to say "hello! welcome to powells tech!"

    I will miss you FUP, thanks for being such a great bookstore cat.

    Anne October 31st, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I have only just heard the sad news about Fup. I am devastated for all her friends, both at Powells and around the world - I'm in England, and Fup was the first thing I looked for in the newsletters. I felt as if I knew her. I shall give my own cat a bit hug tonight. I'm in tears, I'm so sorry for everyone at Powells.

    Rest in peace, Fup.


    Diane October 31st, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Like Sue, I waited for the newsletter each week to specifically read the adventures of Fup, and then to see what other treasures lay in store in the reading.

    I lost a cat at 21. I was know how devastated I was so I can imagine that it will take you all a while to come to grips and stop looking for her in her special hiding places.

    Rest in peace Fup, and condolences to all at Powells

    Pattie Reber October 31st, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    From deep in Dixie, Fup, and from my heart, farewell. Have you seen my darlings, Toughy, Dreadnought, Simpkin, Tatiana, Pug? They all learned to lie right down on top of the book to claim affection from their distracted human. I loved you from afar, for you were one of the great ones. See you later, dear Fup.
    Pattie Reber
    Milton, Georgia

    Tammy Robinson October 31st, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Farewell, sweet Fup. May your journey across the Rainbow Bridge be a swift and happy one.

    To Fup's friends - I hope all of the wonderful memories of your darling companion will turn your tears to smiles very soon.

    Annie O. October 31st, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I looked forward to the newsletter, just because of the tales of Fup and friends. Some cats are cool and make the world a better place just because they're in it. 25 years...she lived long and she obviously lived well...truly the best kind of revenge. Thanks for the stories of Fup over the years...I hope you turn the stories into a biography, it would be special. A friend to dogs and humans...Fup will be missed.

    My condolences to the staff at Powell's who loved her and miss her terribly. Thanks for sharing her.

    Benjamin October 31st, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Dearest Fup: Now that you have left this binding orb for the Great Litterbox in the Sky - please remember to smile down upon us from time to time. Our tortured souls can always benefit from a warm, fuzzy lap cat.

    Good luck in the Beyond,

    sonya roloff October 31st, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, Fup, we hardly knew ye ... but we did meet once, a surprising moment for us both, brief but well-remembered by me. The Newsletter will never be the same, and the thought that a visit to the store will never again be an opportunity to see you again is too sad to contemplate. Condolences to all your many friends, and sleep well in peace with mice angels and catnip aplenty.

    sonya roloff October 31st, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, Fup, we hardly knew ye ... but we did meet once, a surprising moment for us both, brief but well-remembered by me. The Newsletter will never be the same, and the thought that a visit to the store will never again be an opportunity to see you again is too sad to contemplate. Condolences to all your many friends, and sleep well in peace with mice angels and catnip aplenty.

    Patsy Barrow October 31st, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Fup was the reason I started reading the Powell's blog. After I moved from the Northwest, Fup remained one of my favorite memories of Portland. My cats (Redford, Isabella, and Squeak) join Fup's special friends in remembering an adventure filled life. I know Fup will be waiting on the other side of the raidbow bridge.

    Hanna C. October 31st, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    bookstore cats are the best and fup was wonderful even for those of us who only got to meet her online. good thoughts to everyone at the store -- it's always sad to lose a companion.

    Nori Z. October 31st, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    bewhiskered and beloved Fup, you linger in our hearts. you will be missed, but not forgotten. thank you for Being.

    Iris Coffin October 31st, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    I have always loved reading the adventures of Fup the Store Cat. Our family opened a small store called the Shoppe of Oddities and immediately acquired a store cat; a stray of course. We named her Oddy. Like Fup she lives in the store and is very serious about greeting everyone that comes in. She loves playing in the window and has quite a following. She also has her column in our newsletter.

    I will miss Fup a great deal. I always read her part of the newsletter first. My condolences to Fup's staff as well. My heart is heavy at this sad news.

    Jean October 31st, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I just read the news of Fup's Passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I never met the lady in person but like many others read her column first each newsletter.
    I know how hard it is to make the decision which is best for a beloved pet. I'm sure she's already across rainbow bridge and basking in the sunlight and meeting many new friends. I'm sure my trio who preceded her - Lady, Rascal, and YumYum have already greeted her - they loved to lay on books, especially when I was trying to read and they will recognize another with the same love.
    Peace and thank you for allowing us to share in your grief.

    Mary Nicholas Picard October 31st, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    So sorry to hear about Fup. I was getting worried about her turning 19, but it's still very sad. Her adventures with her friends greatly cheered the past six years here in the NYC metropolitan area. Sure, we have cats in bookstores here, but none like Fup!
    Please keep her friends' stories going - that would be the most fitting memorial of all!

    Jacob October 31st, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Ah, Fup. You know I never wasn't much one for cats but what fun we had sharing lunches, shelving books, and laughing at silly customers. Hearing you leave the mortal coil saddens me but I know you are one to bigger and better things. Here's a toast to you and that big bookstore in the sky.

    Foxworth Firth October 31st, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I always thought you were a kindred spirit. I too am a bibliocat, but was never fortunate enough to have my own store. My human loves books, so I have managed.

    Portland should have a FUP. STORE CAT. day in your honor. And I would absolutely insist that my human purchase the authoritative FUP collection of adventures, if such a book were to exist. A donation will be made to the OHS in your memory.

    Foxworth Firth
    a quite respectable 18
    Houston, Texas

    Kirk October 31st, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Save some catnip for me, Fup! I'm sure I've petted you at one time or another over the years (a customer since the '60s when I was a wee one).


    Ruth Dittmann October 31st, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    I wore my FUP 16th birthday t-shirt just last week and wondered how much longer we would be hearing from and about Fup. I'm the "mother" to two 18 year-olds, so Fup's passing hits home. I'm so glad that she went in peace with friends around her.
    I'm sure we'll miss her as much as the gang.

    Ruth Dittmann October 31st, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I wore my FUP 16th birthday t-shirt just last week and wondered how much longer we would be hearing from and about Fup. I'm the "mother" to two 18 year-olds, so Fup's passing hits home. I'm so glad that she went in peace with friends around her.

    Chris Z. October 31st, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Farewell Fup, she was much like my beloved kitty who has also passed on. I will miss your adventures.

    Joan M. October 31st, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    As usual, I went first to the Fup.Store Cat section of the newsletter. I am sad to hear about her passing. It made me go look for my own 17-year-old Nellie and give her a hug. I wish I could have met Fup in the fur. I love all her stories.

    My sincere condolences to all the staff at Powell's on the loss of their premier store cat.

    Sue October 31st, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Condolences to the staff and others who loved, and still love, Fup. I really loved the stories in the newsletter and hope that she lives on in the stories as well as in spirit.

    It's never easy losing our beloved animals--and I believe that sharing our lives with little angels in furry suits helps make us better humans.

    Angel blessings,

    Molly October 31st, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I'm not sure I ever met Fup, but I followed her adventures in the newsletters - in fact, I think they were why I signed up for the newsletter in the first place, ages ago when I was living across the country and missed Powell's. Better adventures were never had by a cat - and few have been quite so loved.

    Ali A. October 31st, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    Well, cripes, I finally decide I'm gonna go visit Fup since she's 19 years old and she ups and leaves. Blee. I couldn't even move for about 10 minutes this morning when I finally found out the news.

    I bought 3 of your T-shirts, girl. Maybe the good staff at Industrial will make a Fup commemorative T as well.

    I already miss you like crazy, Fup. R.I.P. Live Long and Prosper

    barbara October 31st, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Farewell, Fup,
    I have looked forward to your stories for many years. I have lost a friend. I wonder if heaven can be any better than living in a bookstore?
    From, Barbara and cats, Saint Colum and Blue

    meg October 31st, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    I'm pretty sure I discovered Powell's thanks to Fup. And argued with IT to get the newsletters off the auto-spam list. I loved the Fup tales.

    My deepest condolences to those lucky enough to meet her and love her (I've had a difficult but loveable one for a decade now.). Never been to Oregon, but I've loved cats and their catness. Glad you had her for so long, and so sorry it wasn't long enough. Thank you for sharing her, even as it makes me cry now.

    You were blessed, and you share it. That's monumental.

    Emily October 31st, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    My condolences to all of you at Powell's, and farewell to Fup.

    I must admit that although my cat (Neko) and I look foward to getting the whole newsletter each week, Fup's column is the only portion that we read in it's entirety, as we are always in need of a small dose of wisdom. Neko turned 17 yesterday, so I imagine I will have to turn directly to her for my feline wisdom now . . . we will miss dear Fup


    Oskar Feichtinger October 31st, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Lippincott Books here in Bangor, Maine has a store cat named Casper. cheers to Fup and all their brethren.

    Janet October 31st, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Remember what Fup told Bear? (Chapter 17)

    "When I was a kitten," she told him, "my family was friends with a Tabby man who lived under that bridge." She pointed north past the train station to the Fremont's green-gray arch.
    "The Tabby's name was Oliver Klappenpuss. He used to show me and my sisters how the bridge was really a giant cat, waking up, stretching its back. Late each night, Mr. Klappenpuss explained, the bridge would let go its paws from the west bank of the river, step down with its back feet off the east side, curl itself up on the water, and go back to sleep for the night.
    "Until just before sunrise, Mr. Klappenpuss convinced us, the giant cat just floated there, asleep, curled up in the river. And no one could cross until morning," Fup remembered.
    She told Bear, "It would be just about time for bed, and the four of us would be starting to nod off, me and my sisters. Our father would yawn, and say on cue, 'Come girls, it's time to go home. We have to get back before the bridge goes to sleep.'"

    Fup is in a good place now to remind the Bridge Cat when it needs to rest. May your spirit dwell in peace, and may the humans who so poetically channeled your thoughts into words find peace, too.

    Laura October 31st, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Dearest Fup - may your kitty other world be filled with all the comforts of home and your heart's desire. I too have shed tears over your passing and my fuzzy babies Missy & Cookie send their deepest condolences over your passing. You were one of the great cats of all time - so loved by so many and for so many of us, via the web. How wonderful to read about those of you who were lucky to have known amazing tribute.
    Rest well, Fup

    Wendy Scott October 31st, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Bookstore People;
    This comes to you in sadness, not only for Fup's passing, but for the memories that came rushing back with the news. My own Mumblipegs closed her blue eyes in the summer of 06. She followed Fup's adventures with great interest and voiced her own unique opinions regarding the wisdom of outdoor adventure, a shared delight in staircases, and downright envy at Fup's proximity to so many bookshelves. Perhaps now, the two of them can meet and compare notes. Just yesterday, while browsing in my favorite independent bookstore in Nelson, BC, I met another bookstore cat. She's a soft colorful tortoiseshell and patrols the aisles as only a cat can do.
    I send you songs,Fup, from all the cats I have known; God speed, pussycat; we miss you.
    Warm Regards from Wendy, and whispers--somehow, somewhere--from Mumblipegs

    IsisHazel October 31st, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    For Fup - I gnow which is more mportant - Cats or Books...and it's Cats.
    Meows and may you frolic in the Poppy Fields of Bast,

    Sarah Gregory October 31st, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I worked for Fup (and the rest of you) for about a year in the mid-1990s. I'd known Fup beforehand, of course, having spent way too much time and money in the store (thus necessitating the job). In recent years when I've returned to pick up books for work, I've always made a point of tracking down Fup. I'm sure she didn't remember me, but she was gracious nonetheless.

    My condolences to all of you - especially to you, Ron. From what I remember, you & Fup understood each other well - you got her better than most of the rest of us.

    Take care.

    Shawn,Michael,and Girlie October 31st, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I'm glad to know Fup was surrounded by friends and family at the end. Me and mine will light a candle for you and wish you well. Enjoy the flutterbys and warm sun while we miss you.

    Peter November 1st, 2007 at 12:41 am

    I'm very sad to hear about Fup's passing. I live thousands of miles away at the bottom of the world in New Zealand and have never had the opportunity to visit Powells books. However I enjoy your newsletter and, like others, always read Fup's column first. I like buying books from you for a lot of reasons but one of them is that you take cats seriously.

    Katherine November 1st, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Dear all,

    I've looked forward to Powell's newsletters since I began receiving them, due in no small part to the opportunity to hear more from Fup. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, I have been a great admirer. From Switzerland, I send my condolences for your loss. We -- my fur-birds Aristotle and Google and myself -- will miss hearing of Fup's adventures. I'm glad she enjoyed such a full life and hope she knew how loved she is and was.

    Best regards,

    ellen pyle November 1st, 2007 at 5:25 am

    I looked forward to Fup's adventures with as much anticipation as I do to seeing my own kitties every day. I'm very sad for you all and so sorry for your loss.

    Hermione November 1st, 2007 at 5:30 am

    My condolences. Although I never met Fup, I too enjoyed reading about her. I am a cat lover. I had 2 of mine - one for almost 18 years and the other for 17 years. I adopted another one from rescue 3 years ago. You were lucky to have had her in your life. Rest in peace, Fup

    Benita November 1st, 2007 at 5:37 am

    I didn't know Fup, but the loss of any cat is a great loss to humanity. Fup sounded like my kind of cat.

    Cathy November 1st, 2007 at 5:56 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your FUP. I never met her, but knowing she was there was good enough. I think she would have understood that.

    Chris November 1st, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Dear Fup, your exploits always made me smile. I hope that Rainbow Bridge has a big room full of books for you to haunt. You had a long life and I'm sure you were loved and happy. Fly free and be well, beloved.

    Carol November 1st, 2007 at 7:13 am

    RIP Fup. I never met you but your presence on earth made everything a little brighter.

    Jane November 1st, 2007 at 7:32 am

    My sympathy goes out to all who loved Fup, she will be missed. Like so many others, hers was the 1st column I read in the newsletter. She will truly be missed. She was so very Special.

    Cate November 1st, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Many many condolences to Fup's family. Like so many others, I loved reading the Adventures of Fup and went to that part of the newsletter first. May she have an endless supply of catnip and laps upon which to lounge.

    Karen Edie November 1st, 2007 at 8:02 am

    I had hoped one day to meet Fup, She of the Greatest Name Ever. I greatly enjoyed reading of her adventures told in a wonderfully spare, sometimes Noir, sometimes Beat style. The world is certainly a little less for her passing.
    I am certain her spirit will still remain at Powell's though the sightings of her may be a bit more rare. Blessings and comfort wishes for all who knew and loved her!

    marilyn heck November 1st, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Darling Fup,
    although I knew you only through the pages of the newsleter, you were as real and dear to me as any and all of my own.
    I know my guys, Chester, Samson, Sugar Pinkerton, Fredie, Ponkler and Kiisa. all welcomed you to the Rainbow Bridge. Unless you all are there to greet me, I'm not going.
    Dear Fup, rest in peace.

    Emily November 1st, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I don't know when it was that I began receiving the Powell's newsletters, but I do know that from the beginning I always looked forward to reading about Fup. Last year, when my husband and I traveled to Portland on vacation, I was thrilled to finally see Fup in person (or in kitty, as it were). All our best wishes to Fup as she begins her next journey. We will miss her dearly

    Jeff November 1st, 2007 at 9:23 am

    I remember petting Fup way back when! I did not see him everytime I was there.

    Vanessa W. November 1st, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I only met Fup once in all of my trips to Technical. She was in her kitty bed back in the employee section of the store, but the staff still let me sneak back to pet her.

    Ms. Fup, I'm sorry you're gone. I'm sorry I never got to bring you any kitty treats or take a decent photo of you.

    On the part of cat loving tech geeks everywhere, we'll miss you.

    Bob B November 1st, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Though I never have been to the store, like others who have commented, Fup's musings were a prime attraction to the newsletter. Had we been able to make the trip before she passed on, we would have enjoyed meeting Fup. Animals add so much richness to our lives with their curiosity and candor. Fup is now in that place where all cherished animals go. Those of us left behind will have an empty place where she used to reside. Condolences to her companions and her menagerie.

    Shoggoff November 1st, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Goodbye, Fup. You were my favorite part of Tech Books, and I always felt honored when you would allow me to actually pet you, if only for a few seconds. After moving out of the region, I always read of your exploits fondly.

    My condolences to those who loved and cared for her.

    Cheryle November 1st, 2007 at 10:30 am

    As a non-geek married to a computer geek I tagged along to Powell's Technical on several occasions, never willingly. But Fup made those visits much more tolerable .. fun, even.

    Fup, sweet kitty, you will be missed.

    Joann November 1st, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Over the years, I have visited Powell's Technical for one thing or another but regardless of what I was after, the one thing I always found in the stacks was FUP. She was a true personality.

    With the advent of technology, I long ago jettisoned my stacks of collected business cards for a PDA. However, one card that I have always hung onto because it always brought a smile is Powell's Technical Bookstore card for...FUP, Store Cat.

    Surely she lived a long time because she was happy and loved.

    Jean November 1st, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Fup - you will be missed! Your comments and insights each month were anxiously awaited by Jasime & Josie as well as myself ... not to mention Lil' Mew & Succotash before. Sure hope you gave some of your experience to some of your friends so we will still receive our monthly chuckle and words of wisdom. Enjoy chasing butterflies and playing in the leaves ... and give my girls Lil' Mew and Succotash a rub.

    Dave November 1st, 2007 at 10:54 am

    I'm very sorry to her about Fup's passing. Very hard to read all these posts with a dry eye! She was always a bright spot in my visits to the store and said a lot about Powell's & the people who work there. I still have one of her business cards in my rolodex - think I'll have it laminated as a memorial.

    Jean November 1st, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Fup - you will be missed! Your comments and insights each month were anxiously awaited by Jasime & Josie as well as myself,not to mention Lil' Mew & Succotash before. Sure hope you gave some of your experience to some of your friends so we will still receive our monthly chuckle and words of wisdom. Enjoy chasing butterflies and playing in the leaves and give my girls Lil' Mew and Succotash a rub.

    Elena and Sabrina November 1st, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Goodbye, Fup, sweet kitty. We live way across the country, and never got the chance to see you in (feline) person, but we always looked forward to the newsletters, and first of all scrolled to the end, where your musings and wanderings were recorded by your faithful scribes. We know no one can take your place, but maybe you designated a successor and we can continue to enjoy animal postings, perhaps? Sabrina sends her loudest purrs; maybe you can hear them.

    Kate Duncan November 1st, 2007 at 11:11 am

    I read about this sad loss in my discussion group
    We like to discuss all things cat related, and particularly since Fup was a literary cat, and a working cat, we thought it duly appropriate to recognize her contribution to cat kind. Very sincere condolences to Powell's for rescuing her and providing her with such good care. She is now a part of cat history and has set a great example of how cats and people can work peacefully together in our world. May she rest in peace.

    Mark Moerman November 1st, 2007 at 11:39 am

    My sincere condolences to all at Powell's on the passing of a true feline legend. I had the pleasure of meeting Fup a time or two and will always remember her. Thanks to Powell's for providing her with such a wonderful home.

    tasha November 1st, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Wow - so sorry for this huge loss. Goodbye, Sweet Fup. Thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us and thanks to the humans for transcribing your adventures for us. I'll still scroll down when I get the email newsletter to see what's happening with the rest of the gang but it won't be the same without you, Dear Kitty. You touched more people in your life than you'll ever know.

    Love and Blessings,

    Margot November 1st, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Here I sit at my desk in Oakland, California deeply mourning a store cat I have never met. I am so sad to hear of Fup's passing. I can't imagine Powell's News without her. She was to me the quintessential bookstore cat. May they all live as long as Fup.

    rev andrea November 1st, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I guess Fup and I came across Powell's about the same time, the one and only time I set foot in the place- and it was the first time I'd seen a cat in a store. It made more sense to me with the vast-ness of Powell's and the books that mice love to chew on all over...

    Even if she never caught a mouse, I remember how much at home she made me feel. She is a part of the history of the place. May she rest in peace on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, where if there isn't a bookstore, wanna bet there is one now????

    Tom November 1st, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    I was fortunate to meet Fup in person this past summer. I have followed her exploits looking forward to each installment.

    Goodbye Fup, you will be missed.

    Marghretta November 1st, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    I remember when I first heard of Fup, I thought she was imaginary, a marketing ploy of Powell's. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that she was real - I met the Powells in a chance encounter on Madison Avenue (here in New York)and they confirmed her existence.
    When I visited the store two years ago, the first thing I did was look for Fup. There she was, in the window! She allowed me a little petting on the head, but made it clear not to overdo. She would not, however, stay still for a photo op.:-)
    What a wonderful feline!

    Alberta November 1st, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Dear Fup--Here in a small Jr. College in Oklahoma you lead us in many adventures that lead to books purchased for our students. Your memory will live on in the students you influenced and the wonderful newsletter we always read. Please continue with the cats from Powell's Books.

    EvilDawn November 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I seem to remember that F.U.P. stood for Feline Urban Protection and that many, many years ago one of her kills was mounted in an employee restroom... ah, her younger days.

    May she forever hunt mousies and warm nappy spots in the giant bookstore in the great beyond... ;)

    Holly November 1st, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    I never met Fup, but feel her loss all the same. I cannot stop the tears.
    Like many others, I scrolled to Fup. Store Cat. first when I read the newsletter. Who am I kidding - she's the reason I subscribed to the newsletter.
    My condolences to her human and animal friends. Our time with the ones we love is always too short. Treasure your memories of her and she will live on.
    Fup, I wish you happiness and peace in your next great adventure.

    Diane K. Martin November 1st, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    I loved to see Fup's beautiful face in your newsletter. I'm a dog person, and cats make me sneeze, but Fup's personality just burst through the monitor. A lovely creature. So sad.

    Bobbi Herget November 1st, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    What a lucky cat! She always had a warm place to sleep, got fed every day, had lots of places to explore, and lived a very long life. We should all be so lucky. No wonder she never had any inclination to wander outside. I'm sure you all miss her, but knowing that you made her life so wonderful should give you some comfort. After a while, be sure to get a new cat. Every store needs one. My condolences.

    Mary Crabtree November 1st, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Somehow it's just meant to animal in a bookstore.
    I hope Fup returns and keeps your tradition of a store cat alive.
    We look forward to many years with our own store dog Scout.
    She far prefers UPS deliveries over DHL but lately she's been shining up to the fed-ex man. USPS guys need to wear protective pads. We'll miss FUP!

    carole November 1st, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    It feels so strange to walk into the back office and not see you a)asleep in your kitty hidey-hole, or b)sitting alertly and saying "meow!" as I pass, wishing for a bit of attention, a rub under the chin, or better yet, some moist Friskies. We still watch for you as we guide the book carts around the store, especially near the math section. I'd like to think that a part of you is still here, staring down dogs that make the mistake of coming into the Tech store, sitting on top of the Fax machine (hey, it's warm!) and almost tripping me when I walked into the bathroom and found you on the way out.

    Viva Fup!

    Jenny Parranto November 1st, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    As I'm sitting here crying over a cat that I met only once I have to wonder why did Fup make such an impression on me. I looked forward to every Powell's newsletter jsut to see what Fup was up to. My favorite story was when the gang rode the rolling book carts down the street and almost into traffic. Making that corner was a feat in itself!
    I met Fup when we were visitng friends in Tacoma. I made my family go to Portland just to see Fup. I was so happy the employees let me pet her. That was the year of her 16th birthday. I will cherish my FUP 16 t-shirt forever!
    Goodbye Fup, I'll miss you!

    Stacy November 1st, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I hope all who shared Powell's with Fup know how much we send our deepest sympathies. I will miss her updates and like so many others (when I thought I was the only one), I scrolled right to Fup's column when my newsletter arrived. With six cats at home, sometimes it's hard to go to work and leave them. How lucky and blessed you were to work with a such a wonderful cat. I hope there will be another store cat (or cats?)to fill the void left in the Technology section and in our hearts.

    Tasiwoopa api & Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa api November 1st, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    We were never able to meet her, and as we have had to do with two of our cherished fourlegged family in the last year, we will add her to our daily prayers for the next year in preparation for her journey to the ancesters where she will play forever happy with all of those who have gone before us,....

    robert November 1st, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    In my brief time as a tech store employee I would like to believe that Fup & I had a good rapport. I would pick her up & craddle her in my arms like baby & scratch her chin ingnoring her half hearted meows of protest until she began to pur. I loved that plump ornary old cat. I will miss her. See you in my dreams sweet kitten.

    Sarah November 1st, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Fup was a very lucky cat, having such a loving home. My heart goes out to the staff, Fup's friends. I know they will miss her. Perhaps there will at some time be another cat in the store to carry on the welcome tradition.

    Vivien O’Leary November 1st, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    How can the world be judged such a cruel, life-threatening place, when the passing of a talismanic cat elicits such outpourings of tenderness and nostalgia!!!!

    Frank Archer November 1st, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Like so many others, I would always check up on Fup before reading about the books for sale. I feel for those who open up the store and probably, over the years, received Fup's full attention as the can was opened. They might miss Fup the most, but many of us will join them in their loss. Blessings on everyone.

    Sandy November 1st, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Isn't it interesting that so many people (myself included) always read the adventures of Fup FIRST. Fup you will be missed!

    Jan Wiedemann November 1st, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    When I visit a store that has a cat I have a good feeling about the place. When the newletter comes from Powell Books, I look to see what Fup has been up to. I just regret I did not get to Portland to meet her. Nineteen years is a long time for a cat and I know she will be missed.....

    Louise November 1st, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    We were driving through Portland last August, on the way through, and I told my family we NEEDED to go to Powells and meet FUP. Arrived an hour before closing at the main store, only to realize it was the wrong Powell's. We never did see her.

    With 5 cats at home, we really identified with her and her stories. Even the late night of driving afterwards was worth it to seek her out.

    I loved that a cat ruled the realm, and loved reading her adventures - always the first thing I read. I'm sure the books we did buy that night will have a certain aura of FUP-ness.

    What goes better together than books and a cat? Please, when time goes by, continue the "adventure" with another cat that needs a home. Powells will just be another bookstore without a store cat to rule the realm.

    It would be the best tribute to the spirit of Feline Ownership FUP clearly exhibited.

    My condolences - I know about that empty spot in your heart.


    Jim Freeman November 1st, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Happy are the humans have have been owned by a cat such as Fup. I met Fup years ago and many Powell Tech staff have come and gone since then, but Fup was always the anchor. It won't be the same, but I will always look forward to visiting the Tech store. I'll watch for a memorial to Fup and make a donation in Fup's name.

    Enjoy whatever, where ever. You have done what we all have to do, but feel we never will. When that time comes, be with us. Peace. JimF..

    Jen Robinson November 1st, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone whom Fup touched in her long life. I always enjoyed reading about her in the newsletters and will miss her a lot. I know she's with my beloved cats in Heaven, having as many treats and cans of tuna as she would like.

    Susan Mullen November 2nd, 2007 at 9:14 am

    I just read about Fup's passing on the British "moggies" website. Fup was a great ambassador for all cats, and I will miss her.

    Paula Lozar November 2nd, 2007 at 11:18 am

    I never met Fup (I'm a long-distance customer in NM), but I loved hearing about her adventures in the newsletter. Her prickly-but-mellowing personality reminded me of a beloved cat of mine, coincidentally named Bear, who passed on in 1985 (I still miss her). I'm glad that Fup was able to live out her final days in her real home.

    Karen Garcia November 2nd, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Ah dear Fup!
    I first met you while I attended college at Linfield and made the trip to Powells for school books. You snuck up on me and rubbed against my leg and hung out at my feet for a few minutes while another patron remarked with surprise that you'd always shunned her advances. I've never been fond of cats, but you charmed me that day and were the exception to the rule. Long after I graduated and moved away, I continued to search the newsletters for snippets of your latest antics, even becoming perturbed when your section was omitted on one or two occasions. Although it's been years since our first meeting in the stacks, you are still the first and only cat I've ever cared for. Safe journeys my feline friend...I'll miss you.

    Sam Ganczaruk November 2nd, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I will miss Fup who has gone to kitty heaven. She is obviously looking down from on high so she is happy. No one cat can replace Fup, but I hope that Powell's Books welcomes another cat some time soon.

    nancy November 2nd, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    I was so sad to hear about Fup's passing; I am still crying. Although I never met her, I guess I made a huge connection by reading about her adventures. My condolences. She touched so many.

    devon November 2nd, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    "I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."
    - Jean Cocteau

    Fup, darling, you will be missed.


    Docdeb November 2nd, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    I just sent my first fan email to Fup a couple of months ago. Loved the stories and the photo of Fup. Always hoped I'd get to visit Powell's and catch a glimpse of Fup.

    Wasn't easy to mask the tears while reading of her passing in my office. Decided not to try.

    Fup - Always remembered fondly by me and MY girls, including Dot. House Cat!


    John & Cleo the Cat November 2nd, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    In the staring darkness
    I can hear the harshness
    Of the cold wind blowing.
    I am warmly clad
    And I'm very glad
    That I've got a home.
    - Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Fup was a kind and gentle soul, spirited, an individualist who lived among a community of book lovers and admirers. She will be missed. Fare thee well!

    Aurora November 2nd, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Fond farewells to Fup. So many will miss you.

    Melissa November 2nd, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    I was deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Fup. Like many others, I look forward to the newsletter and ALWAYS read the story of Fup first. My heart breaks for you all and you will be in my thoughts during this sad time.

    Holly November 2nd, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    My thoughts are with Fup's family at this sad time. Nothing can take the place of a Dear One, but time will ease the sorrow. I will dance with her friends and family when the time comes.

    Thank you for sharing her adventures with us.

    Wise Fup, Store Cat, Friend
    to many, known and unknown
    She has touched our hearts.

    Grahame Bartholomew November 3rd, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Powell's have provided me two grand pleasures: all of the books you ship out to me here in MN, and the adventures and long-distance acquaintance of FUP. I am kept by wonderful cats who grace my library here at home, and I believe that every book store must have at least one store cat. Whilst no cat will ever replace FUP, I do urge you to continue the FUP tradition by bringing in another store cat.

    In memory of FUP I have ordered a custom made tile to be mounted on a wall of such memorial tiles at a wonderful no kill cat shelter hereabouts.

    Two great and good joys: Powell's and the books they provide me; and FUP, the store cat. I always turned first to her blog in the newsletter. How strange and what an ache that the space is now vacated. All our loves end in this way. Hardly seems fair. It isn't fair.

    --Grahame Bartholomew

    Karen Hagglund November 3rd, 2007 at 9:00 am

    We were lucky enough to meet Fup on our trip to Portland last year. We took a video, just outside her office in back, and several pictures, and the links to these are below. We offer these as a tribute to her.

    Fup was a legendary great bookstore cat, and we will never forget her!

    Video is here:

    Pictures are here:

    Beatrice November 3rd, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    My sincerest condolences
    It was always such a pleasure to read about Fup and her friends. I hope they are doing well and keep posting their "diary".
    I know exactly how sad it is when a loved one goes from us. Tarzan, one of our cats passed away a few days ago. He and Fup will now probably meet in cat heaven and enjoy each other's company. That, at least, is a comforting thought. Long may they live!

    CCR November 3rd, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    thank you to those who were with Fup at the end & helped her to pass on in the hands of those who loved her. Everyone should be as blessed to be surrounded by their loved ones.

    thank you for all the Fup stories!

    Nancy November 3rd, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    I have tears in my eyes, since I'm just now finding out about Fup's passing. I never had the chance to meet her, but I so enjoyed her point of view that I'd speed to the bottom of my newsletter to see what she and her gang were up to. I'll miss her. Nap well, kitty.

    Kevin November 4th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I only hope that there will soon the the near silent sound of padded paws in in the aisles of Powell's.

    Robin November 4th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I will admit that Fup was the primary reason I joined the Powells website. six years ago. Of course, I eventually read the reviews, etc. But I always turned to Fup Store Cat first. Rest in peace little cat friend. My idea of heaven is lots of books and animal pals, so I am sure we will eventually meet in that great library in the sky for a chapter of something wonderful and a lap-sit/head-scratch.

    rosemary November 5th, 2007 at 9:40 am

    My handsome Grendal surely escorted Fup to her new home, with a sweep of his regal tail and wink of his golden eyes. I'm so glad he and she can meet, and greet me when I come.

    Bleumoon November 5th, 2007 at 1:22 pm


    Well, FUP. STORE CAT. I knew this day would come, I just hadn't planned on crying this much about it.

    I am heartened though to hear that my guilty habit of zooming through the newsletter past the other entries to your space is echoed by a great many others.

    I haven't quite had the heart yet to tell my two fur-kids, Murphy and Aggie, the bad news.

    I will miss you more than you know, Fup, but am glad you are not in pain and are at peace.

    Patrick Smiley November 5th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Please accept my condolences. Fup was a grand old lady and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. But she had a good life and a long one! No one could have taken better care of her or loved her more than the Powells staff. Perhaps we will all meet again one day. Heaven MUST be a bookstore of some sort, mustn’t it?

    sanmigmike November 5th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    It was an unhappy present to hear that Fup had passed on my birthday. We feel fortunate to have met and then seen Fup several times at the store. It was obvious that Fup knew she was loved and admired by the way she strolled around her store.

    Like most Tabbies I have known she had a certain dignity as she patrolled her store. She was a gracious and beautiful cat. I hope that at some point there will be another cat at the store, one that fits as well as Fup did.

    It will not be the same to visit the store without at least the hope of seeing that grand lady...Fup. I will miss you. Books and cats, special cats go together.

    Theus November 5th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    We were lucky to have known her as long as we did. News of her passing is bitter-sweet.

    Once, Fup was just one little kitten whose human could not keep her at home and had no other option. He snuck her in to the beginnings of the technical bookstore and kept her there on the sly... for a very short time. When Ownership found her out, it was not at all certain that she would lead the much-loved life she ultimately did. What wild luck they did the right thing!

    So this is the happy ending. Fup made it.

    As I've found myself saying so often before -- Bye, Fup.

    Pat MacAodha November 5th, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Dear Fup-in-Spirit,

    I always passed up all the other posts on the Powells on-line newspaper and went straight to the section that started with Fup. Store Cat.

    Many blessings, beautiful spirit. May you live joyfully in the Summerland. Blessed Be, a Pagan friend

    Sophia/Tokyo-Japan November 6th, 2007 at 5:19 am

    My condolances to the people who took care of FUP. I never met her, but was looking forward,every time the email came with her stories.
    I wish her godspeed. Sayonara!

    J November 6th, 2007 at 8:04 am

    Never met you, Fup, but I enjoyed you from afar through your fun and wonderful tales. Rest in peace, small lion, you'll be missed.

    April Love November 6th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Well, Fup
    Your were greeted by many of my cats and others at that Cat Temple. Thanks for putting up with me petting you that time. I Knew that you were one of those felines with a low tolerance for petting from us "subfeline" humans, so I resepcted your personal space. And in 2005, it was great to see you again, although your bones were on the creaky side.

    It will be good to see you again when I cross the Rainbow Bridge, too.

    Lots of love...

    Kristin November 6th, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Oh, my most heartfelt condolences. On a birthday Powells pilgrimage a few years ago, I searched the shop high and low before working up the nerve to inquire after Fup. I will always be grateful to the employee who kindly escorted me to the office so I could pay homage with some behind-the-ears love—and to Fup, who graciously allowed me to interrupt her nap on the file cabinet. I can't imagine a better gift, and it will be an honor to make a gift donation in her name.

    Sarah November 7th, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Oh, I am strangely moved by news of Fup's passing. Her column was the main eason I read the newsletter. Sleep well, kitty!

    Debbie T. November 7th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    My special condolences to the staff who so sweetly wrote of Fup's and the others' adventures and musings. We recognize and sympathize with the empty feeling you must have, and will understand if you need a break. But when the time is right, know that we all look forward to reading about all of our feline friends. My cat, Thaiko, and I send our love and condolences to the wonderful staff at Powell's. Thank you for her column in the newsletter and for taking such good care of Fup.

    Steve November 7th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    I firmly believe cats can manipulate time and space, and Fup is sitting on a window sill in the sun, even now, laughing at us scurrying about. Rest well, dear Fup. I met you once, I will miss you always.

    Kriss from Ohio November 7th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    In 2004, my husband and I had the privilege of traveling from Ohio to Oregon for vacation. We made a point of stopping at Powell's because I am a huge fan of Fup and her column. After making polite inquiries to her whereabouts, I was absolutely delighted to actually meet her. It was a rare treat to meet a feline celebrity, and I treasure the photos we took that day of Fup in my arms. Her loss is felt across the country. Farewell, good friend.

    Sharese Williams November 7th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    My kids and I will miss Fup. Thank you for sharing her with the world. Praises to the people who cared for her every day and made the hard decision that had to be made in the end.

    Peace be to you and to Fup.

    David L November 8th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    My friends and I will miss Fup. He was a friendly soul who inhabitated Powell's bookstore and made that part of the world even more special.

    Amy November 8th, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    I, too, add my condolences for the staff of the Tech store, and Fup's friends.

    I must admit, like so many others, Fup's section was the highlight of the newsletter.

    And, as a couple have mentioned... I would love to see a compilation of Fup's articles!

    Also, when the time is right, I'm sure another cat will enter and demand, with regal grace, his/her rightful place in the store.

    Rock November 9th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I was startled to hear of Fup's passing. I had never met Fup, being from the East Coast, but read of his adventures in the newsletter. Strangely, I had hoped to meet Fup in October. I traveled to Portland for the SAF Annual Meeting, but only made it to Burnside on the 22nd. I had no idea he was failing.

    I am sure another cat will appear when the staff is ready to move on. We kind of have our own private cat rescue operation, which is why I'm currently feeding 11 cats. I'm convinced cats around here spread the word about the people up on the hill. So your next cat is somewhere in the wings waiting for the right moment. Be ready to be open to a new friend.


    Susan W from Colorado November 11th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

    I have been eagerly reading about Fup's adventures for several years. In March, I was able to come to Portland to visit my brother. One of the specific things I wanted to do while there was to meet Fup. The day we got to the Technical Bookstore, I wandered the store for quite a while, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. I ended up asking one of the staff about her and he kindly lead me to the office where Fup was curled up in her bed. She was very gracious and allowed me to pet her.

    It may seem a little silly to be a groupie of a store cat, but she seemed to be a very special one. The comments that precede mine are proof of that! I'm sure that Fup is in the process of choosing her successor and will send her/him your way when the time is right.

    buckycatt November 11th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    I have been purchasing books from Powell's for several years because of fup. I ran across the used bookstore online and correctly deduced that any store w/ a resident cat must be a good one.

    I always wondered the origin of her name. Because of the dot at the end of fup. I mistakenly have been searching for a mark such as ibid. or et. al. I think fup. stands for a source so unparalleled it cannot be reduplicated.

    Condolences to the staff and fup.'s friends. Off to pet the kitties.


    Therresa Kennedy November 12th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    My daughter and I met Fup about two years ago, when we meandered into the Powells' Technical store.

    We have six cats, three of them geriatric, so we recognized her age and frailty immediately. She seemed very dignified and we admired her regal manner and proud attitude.

    Since we have three older cats, we knew to pet her very gingerly. Older cats become arthritic, in their spines and hips, and just like people, they have aches and pains, except that they rarely complain of this or ask for Vicodin or other pain meds. Generally, they suffer in silence for years.

    We pet Fup for quite a few minutes with the requisite feather touch older cats appreciate and I am proud to say, she did not bite either of us. When we finally left, we made sure she did not wander out the door on our way out, though I do recall she was not in any way interested in going on any unexpected safari.

    I am saddened to hear she has passed away, but like I had done with one of my cats who was terminally ill, I had the doctor come to the home for euthanasia. Fup was quite lucky to have such well informed and well meaning group owners. I am certain having the doctor come to the place she called home for so many years helped make her passing as fluid and peaceful as a falling leaf from a tree.

    Thank you all so much for caring for such a pretty and darling cat. You will be blessed for your loving attention and devotedness.

    Therresa Kennedy, Portland Oregon.

    Alice in Phoenix November 13th, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks to the staff at Powell's who cared for Fup and shared her life with those of us who wish we could hang out at Powell's all day, every day, and give her a little scratch. She will be remembered fondly every time I wear those great t-shirts with her kitty silhouette. (Do we have a designer working on a Memorial shirt as we speak?!)
    Bye, Fup!

    stacey in gainesville, fl. November 14th, 2007 at 5:54 am

    oh fup! i just heard the news. :( you sweet, sweet girl! I know you're enjoying sunbeams, watching the leaves fall from trees and embarking upon new adventures in some other part of the universe. you'll be dearly missed here though.

    Miss Gretchen November 15th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Fup Tees Rock harder than Led Zep IV!
    I'd ordered the Maneki Neko Fup 18 tee, but had a feeling it was already sold out, so was happy to get Fup 19 and it is so groovy I threw over the idea of giving it as a gift and I slipped it onto my own bod (the Park Ranger and Chandelier shirts will be great gifts for my young friends.)

    Thank you Karen for posting that darling video!

    Oops! The computer went beep and it was the Powells newsletter arriving. . .scroll down. . .and dang y'all, I'm crying again. (We had a herd dog, the much missed Duffy the Border Collie. No, Chester can't help it!)

    May the Fup be with you.

    Alison Laffoon/Kitty Hooch November 15th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I am SO saddened that Fup is gone. I know that for the last couple of years, she enjoyed her Kitty Hooch catnip mouse toys that were given to and bought for her. I take consolation in the fact that we here at Kitty Hooch gave her some moments of joy and pleasure. Our hearts ache for your loss...

    Renee November 15th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I offer my condolences to you all at this time. I was crushed when I read about the passing of fup. I had no idea she was 19! She obviously had a great life as your cat-in-residence.
    I was in Portland over in June and I visited the Burnside Ave store the first day I arrived! I asked about fup and was told she was down the street at the Tech store. I thought I would have enough time to meet her but once you're in a bookstore, time disappears! Now I feel so sad that I didn't make it to the store!
    I loved fup's adventures! They were so much fun that I went back in the archives to read them all! She was a great cat and I'm sure she'll be passing on her wisdom to your next cat-in-residence.

    Big Bad Baby Twinkle November 15th, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Oh deer - Fup is gone.... And she left this world close to the anniversary of my nemesis, Miss Princess (who looked alot like Fup and hoo herself wuz quite the fiesty philosopher kitty -- but Princess DID like toys and wudd sing to hers)

    Oh Fup, we miss you!!!

    Meowmie and I ALWAYS enjoyed reading about your adventures, Fup - Fup was quite the pragmatic yet advenchuruss kitty -- and she wuz very very wise. I should have taken her as an example of how to beehave, but I was too bizzy creating havoc to pay attenshun.

    Katnip Feilds, Heaven's Librareez with wiide aisles and MOWSIES under da stacks.... Books to knock down, Clowds to lounge upon az yoo survey your world frum a vantage point higher than a SCILLION ladders .... Fup, yoo got it good, Up There -- but you are still VERY much missed heer on Earth.

    RIP, deer frenn!!!

    Tamara November 15th, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Oh, sweet, furry special furry friend...You were the reason I went into the store, the reason I read the newsletter. To stop in and visit you confirmed in me that my day was grand and there is love in this world. You will be missed, I will wear your t-shirt with glowing pride and honor that I once knew a cat named Fup.

    Norma November 15th, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, you must be completely lost. I know I would be, and we only inherited our cat a couple of years ago, although she is around 10 years old.
    I do hope you get another cat, not a replacement, but another friend to greet you.

    Suzanne in Oaklandia November 15th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    You know you're a crazy cat lady when (1) you browse through 300+ condolences to a cat whom you knew only through her blog (which you read faithfully; what does that say?), and (2) watch a 2-minute video "narrated" by a woman how sounds and speaks to cats just like you do.

    Oh, wonderful people of Powell's, please keep up the tradition of the store cat story.

    Thank you, Fup (and thank you to Fup's biographer).

    joanne and mirena in Sacramento November 15th, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you, sweet Fup, for brightening our lives with your adventures every few weeks. We will miss you.

    Joanne Monks November 15th, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    I am so saddened to hear that Fup has left us. I was off line moving and changing isp's so have not been receiving the news letter. The very first thing I always read is Fup's column. Today my first newsletter since the end of August to find that she's gone. I'm sure she'll rejoin Powell's in another form of cat. She lives on in all our hearts

    Robyn Franklyn November 15th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    I will surely miss Fup. I did not personally know him, but always read the stories. One of my cats 27yrs old. We will remember Fup and will send in a donation to OHS. hugs, Robyn and Family

    David Roller November 15th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    The world is a smaller and sadder place without Fup- I had the pleasure of befriending a kindred spirit, also a silver tabby- Mitten
    These are special four footed people- and those of you who have the pleasure of their company know what I mean- each with their view on the world and lessons to share
    I was going to write the last time of the newsletter but was too overcome after reading tributes
    In time, with a little luck, a new friend will add themselves to the store- not to replace- ever- but rather to fill a void in the store and in our hearts.

    Lynn Hackenberg November 15th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    My sincere condolences to Fup's family. I will miss her column in the newsletter.

    Fup, be at peace over the rainbow.

    M. L. Cravey November 15th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Fup while in Portland several years ago. It took a lot searching to find her, resting on top of the copy machine. She greeted me pleasantly--must have been a good day. The sad news of her passing brought tears to my eyes. I always looked forward to reading her adventures. Thanks for so many years of enjoyment and giving her a good home. I hope my own Ren will live as long.

    Corrie November 15th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    I am so sad to read about Fup's passing. Fup made Technical Books my favorite Powell's location (and I am not the least be interested in anything technological, so that's quite a compliment!). Every time I went to "big" Powell's, I would go over to Technical Books, too, to see if Fup was around. I think my favorite memory of her was when she sat in my lap for about twenty minutes a couple of years ago, purring and purring, and giving me kisses with her raspy old tongue. She even drooled a bit, old sweetie that she was. I'll miss you, Fup. You were the best store cat ever.

    Jack November 15th, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    My most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your companion and friend.

    Paul Ashcraft November 15th, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    I flew cross country and met Fup. I'm a better person because of it.

    Kathy Eaton November 15th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Fup's passing and offer my deepest condolences to all of her associates, both two and four legged.
    I've enjoyed her antics and stories for about five years now and will deeply miss "Fup. Store Cat."
    I hope it will be some consolation that, because of your new-letter, there are people all over this country who mourn with you.
    Rest in Peace, lovely cat. You've given pleasure to so many for so many years.

    Robin (& Little Wolf, & our other 3 cats) November 16th, 2007 at 12:17 am

    I'm going to miss Fup, even though we never actually met--one reason I keep getting your newsletter is to read about her and her friends. We have a cat that looks a lot like the pic in your newsletter; her name is Little Wolf, aka Wolfie, and she's an LPN (Little Purring Nurse). She's about 10 years younger than Fup, and very serene.
    You do realise, I hope, that Fup is having the time of her afterlife hobnobbing with Edgar Allan Poe's Caterina; Ernest Hemingway's polydactyl posse; Robert A. Heinlein's inspirations for Pixel, the cat who walks through walls; and all the other cats who have honored various authors with their companionship and now accompany their humans in Authors' Heaven!

    Eileen Gebbie November 16th, 2007 at 5:32 am

    I worked at the Tech Bookstore in the mid-90s (with Jay Oberg, Alan McNeely, Kirsten Berg, Kanth Gopalpur and other ne'er do wells) and had the honor of opening the store most days. I loved meeting Fup at the back door. My dream was that her attention would some day turn to affection but it was really all about breakfast. She was a good pussums and I'm glad she was so well loved so long.

    Mary November 16th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    I've been reading about Fup for years, and heard about her death on 10/31 but didn't get a chance to leave a message till now. Fup's adventures were the first thing I read in the newsletter and I wish I could have visited her in person. My own cats and I live in Minnesota, so I haven't visited the store yet. Someday I'm sure I will, but it won't be the same without Fup.

    Dee Conquest November 16th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Both books and animal companions enrich our lives in so many ways. To have news of both of them arrive monthly in my email box was a treat. Fups was special and set Powells apart from the many purveyors of books and media. We here (me and my group of rescued fuzzballs) send our condolences and hope that Powells continues of the tradition of Fups and her friends in the monthly newsletter.
    With Aloha,
    Dee in Hawaii

    Luna November 16th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    So long cute Fup,

    Though I never had the chance to pet you, or meet you in person, I've been purchasing your birthday t-shirts for about three years now. I just today found out you had passed.

    So sorry to the Technical Book staff for your loss. Losing a pet is never easy.

    May you rest in peace little Fup.

    Luv and meows,

    Mary Sabetta November 16th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    From your friend in Connecticut, my cat Jesse Mistletoe and Maggie, the yellow lab with the golden heart... How one cat can bring so many people so much pleasure, have adventures written about her, and bring out so much gentleness and goodness in so many people! I love to see that little picture of her when I open your newsletter. I knew for one moment I could follow that tail into a story and a moment of laughter. Fup was special and she made us special, too!
    We are very sorry for you all and the loss of your dear friend.

    dawn November 17th, 2007 at 9:33 am

    my sincere condolences. though i never got to meet her other than through the newsletter, she was fabulous.

    revolutionibus November 17th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    My condolences to the staff of Powells. I always read Fup's column first and look forward to it carrying on.

    Bookstores such as Powells are as near to heaven we have here on earth.

    To borrow from Cocteau, "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." Fup was the visible soul of Powells.


    Ginger S. Baldwin November 18th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Mysterious feline
    Companion to untold thousands
    by way of cyberspace
    You have earned your rest.

    But we will still miss you.

    Faith Varrone November 18th, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    I have been reading Fup Store Cat for years. I never had the pleasure to actually meet Fup as I live on the east coast and have not been to the store. However, it was always fun to see what Fup and friends where up to.
    Fairwell, Fup. I will continue to read about your friends...and always think of you. God bless...

    Chris November 19th, 2007 at 5:47 am

    It's been over 10 years since I've left my home in Portland. Fup was an institution, not just a novelty. Somehow, I still have Fup's card here in a box of old photos. She's just transitioned to legend.

    Good night sweet cat.

    Sandra November 20th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, how sorry I am to hear that Fup is gone. I always loved books and cats and my friends convinced me to go to Powells the first time many years ago just by saying "They have a Store Cat". Her blog was my favourite part of the newsletter and I hope that we'll continue to read about the lives of her friends and family, Chester and Oreo and Ro and Zooey and Bear and Bagheera are all loved too.

    stan November 20th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Fup's good works continue: Losing her (even though I never knew her in person) made me realize it's been three years since my own furry pal, Shibumi, died (after 18 years). Enough is enough. Time for a trip to the Humane Society. Thanks Fup. (And I join all the others who hope we'll continue to hear about her friends and family.)

    johnschoppert November 20th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Aaaaah, wonderful Fup. Ex-coworkers are so hard to see go. Off now to the lands of catnip and pillows. Harriett and Miko, the two true owner's of Kings Books in Tacoma, stand in reverance to all good works done by all bookstore felines. See their story on the Kings webpage www, As is usually the case, their stature is legend.

    Ruthi Q Skinner November 28th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    I looked so forward to reading about Fup every month. I must have thought she'd live forever. The day I read about her dying, I just dropped my head and cried real tears. Thank you so much for continuing the story through the other animals.

    Nicole November 28th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Fup personally, but I feel like I've known her for years through her Fup Store Cat columns. I will miss her dearly, and will think of her happy, catching mice, and telling stories in Heaven. To the Technical Store staff, thank you for giving a little kitten such a long and wonderful life!

    Susan Stern November 28th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I am another of those who never actually saw Fup when I had the opportunity to be in Portland and visit the store; but I have loved the stories in the newsletter each month and felt completely connected to her (which is a tribute to the writing AND Her Fup-ness).

    And I, too, cried to know she is gone to the Great Bookstore in the Sky - perhaps she gives the employees more than 30 seconds now?

    So long, Fup - and thanks for the totally cat integrity of you.

    Gordon Clarke November 28th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Humm... well, Fup was quite the adventuress. I had an aunt quite like her so I had a semi-personal connection at least in spirit. I know the loss of a spirit companion is as real as the loss of a physical one. We will all miss the companionship of Fup. I know she will NOT rest in peace as she is already up to some high jinx somewhere .
    Maybe Bear can carry on the load now.

    da9ve November 28th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    What a great cat life Fup had. I'm sad to hear of her passing, but know that the bookstore and the little corner of the minds of those who read about her in the newsletter have been made by her having been there.

    I'm calling my cats in now to give them a hug.

    Alice Strand November 28th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Oh, no, I just read the news. I didn't know. I've never been to Portland, never visited the bookstore(except vicariously, on line), and sadly never met Fup. But to me, a lover of cats, she was the very essence of catdom. I loved the stories, and will go back and read them over again.

    Thank you for sharing the life of this awesome animal with us. I can't believe this, but I am sitting here crying over a cat I never even met. I guess I'd better go tell my friend Dar, who introduced me to Fup so many years ago. Funny the things that end up really meaning something...

    Jerrie Sims November 28th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    My favorite part of the newsletter was Fup adventures. It won't be the same without her. I know she is having great adventures in Heaven. Thank you for sharing her life and aventures with us.

    Chloe, Oscar, & Sam I Am November 28th, 2007 at 10:57 pm


    We miss you, but understand that you had to go. Our parents attended your birthday parties and brought us some of your cat nip. We know that people all over the world will miss you.

    Please send our love to Pericles, RJ, and JC. They are all handsome boys that you will enjoy meeting up there!


    Chloe, Oscar, & Sam I Am

    Pat Chupa November 28th, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    I have followed Fup's adventures for years, and I sincerely hope that you will consider a living memorial to her . . . when is the book "Fup:The Cat" coming out? I would hope you will seriously considering publishing the years of adventures you have shared with your newsletter readers. What better immortality for a literary cat?

    Connie November 29th, 2007 at 7:27 am

    I never was in the area, but I always enjoyed reading about Ms Fup's many adventures. While all good things sometimes must come to an end, this ending will hurt more than most. Having been around a number of store cats in my own time, it is always a profound loss when they have to leave our lives. Fup's passing is no different. :(

    Cecily Sherritt November 29th, 2007 at 8:54 am

    I have always wanted to open a small bookstore and have my beloved cat, Lily with me in the store. I have not been able to achieve this goal yet but am still working toward it.
    Although I live in the Seattle area, I enjoy visiting Powell Books whenever I am in Portland and will miss seeing FUP in the future.

    kebeco November 29th, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear for your loss. Although I never had the honor of meeting her in person, I feel live I've "known" Fup for years, reading about her and the others adventures in the newsletter.

    She had a long and happy life, and will be missed by thousands.

    Lynn Perry November 29th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Farewell, dear Fup!

    I will miss gently petting your ancient head, miss singing to you, miss that musty smell that grand old cats have, miss the feel of your rumbly soft purr against my fingers, miss the creaky bones of you tottering over to your chow bowl, then weaving down your little wooden ramp to the floor, there to sway gently, awaiting the gumption to continue on your journey, wherever you were going. Our time together, though short, was achingly sweet.

    I recall the tears that surprised me when I first met you. I felt so humble and so grateful to you, after so many years reading your adventures. The trip to the story forest captured my imagination, and I was awed and inspired in the same whisper. I remember how glad I felt, when, on our last visit together, you greeted me with a rather rousing, and unexpectedly hearty meow!! I was thrilled to hear it.

    I hope the others will continue telling stories, for in the great tradition of storytellers, I feel certain you passed on your gift to another. Perhaps one of Ro's little ones. In any case, know that my life has been enriched, and the planet a better place for having had you on it.

    Much love to your caretakers: may their grieving pain pass swiftly till only the love ache remains! And please say meow to Furhead, Max, Edgar, Minou, Ike, Gumbo, Folly, and Bastible. I'll see you all when I get there.



    Ruth Mastron December 1st, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    A cat who lives in a bookstore has surely had a foretaste of paradise!

    We've made a donation to the Oregon Humane Society in Fup's memory and urge all her admirers to do the same. The best tribute to a beloved companion is to help care for other animals.

    It's so sweet to read about how this lovely feline touched lives and hearts around the world.

    Denise December 4th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    I always looked forward to receiving your newsletter to I could read about Fup and his friends. Can/would you collect all the Fup stories and publish them into a book and maybe even include some of the many tributes to him? I'm sure his many friends would be happy to buy such a book.

    Paula December 4th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Dearest Fup,
    I will miss you so much! I wish I'd had a chance to see you one last time before you left us. Whenever I visited Portland (from San Diego), I always stopped by your home to browse the shelves, but also to spend a little time with you. I'm glad I had a chance to pet you, and of course, to "talk" to you. You were (are!) so sweet and adorable. I'll never forget you, Fup, and those expressive eyes of yours. I'll keep your photo as my computer wallpaper for a long time to come. You will always hold an honored place on my very short list of favorite felines. Goodbye my friend--you will live on in my thoughts and in my heart.
    Thank you to all the kind folks at Powell's who gave Fup such a loving home.

    Lola Lucas December 8th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Fup's picture by her blog is movie star glamorous--a feline Marilyn Monroe, wide green eye observing the world, delicate nose, mouth and whiskers. I was admiring it yet again this week, scrolled down and then learned the news that she'd passed on.
    There's the inky version of Fup: the human behind the words who created her exploits. That person is still here and the stories can go on--there's no reason why mere death should prevent Fup from continuing as a ghostly participant in adventures. And yes, please do bring out a book of her collected columns.
    Then there the fur Fup: kitten to fragile old lady who patrolled the stacks. She'll leave a cat-sized hole in the hearts of her coworkers and all who enjoyed petting her or simply seeing her curled up in a window or on a counter. (I think I met her years ago when she was just a storecat and not yet an international celebrity.)
    Two friends' mothers died this past week. Not a tear. Finding out that Fup had gone set off a major waterworks. As I look at the outpouring of grief for that one small cat, it reminds me that we are not so bad as a species if we can love animals so much. She'll be missed. Hug whoever you love in her memory.

    It was Cat Stevens who sang, "You're only dancing on this earth for a short time." 18 years was a good run as these things go--bright blessings to you, Fup!


    Judith Mentzel December 12th, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Dear Fup,
    I'm shocked on hearing just today that you have left us alone in this world,
    which was made more beutiful due to you and your friends' presence ...
    You passed exactly 22 years after my beloved Rosy, I'm sure you will meet her in that other world reserved only for the
    noblest of the souls ...
    You were my companion for years through my computer, although I'm many miles too far for having ever been able to come and meet you and hug you ...
    But those many who just like me have shared here their thoughts just prove once again what a great family of book and cat lovers we are throughout this world ...
    Enjoy peacefully this other part of the Universe with the same joy that you brought to us for so many years, your new journey to a better world in which maybe we, those left behind, will join you again some day ... if we will be found to deserve it ...
    My deepest condolences to all those who loved you and showed you the nicer part of the human soul ...
    Good bye and many hugs and kisses from me
    until we'll meet again !

    Monica December 12th, 2007 at 7:38 am

    So sorry to learn of Fup's passing. His presence in the store will surely be missed.

    Betsy Sargent December 12th, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I'm a teacher in Canada who misses Oregon (I took my job here in 1999); I subscribe to the Newsletter to feel not so far away--and I can always tell the very week in the term when normal life disappears completely because my Powell's emails pile up unread, saved for the moment when I can finally read about Fup again.
    This term, the craziness hit in mid-October. Now, however, classes are over, so I allowed myself to open those Powells' emails to catch up on Fup's adventures before working my way through the next stack of papers.
    How can Fup be gone?!
    Fup.Store Cat kept me in touch with Portland weather (spiritual and actual--how I would long for Oregon rain when the ice was rock hard up here).
    This email is for the author of those stories, with their deft touch, their humor, their fine opening lines that always pulled me right into the middle of things without a wasted word, and the way the weight would fall at the end, leaving me satisfied but also hungry for the next time. Is it Dave who writes Fup.Store Cat? Dave who? Who is Dave? I want to know. You're noticing, aren't you, author of Fup.Store Cat, that many of us open the newsletter mainly (some of us even only) to read about Fup? That many of us (including me) never met Fup in the fur, but are crying over the loss of a cat we knew only through your words. I'm glad I can continue to read about Oreo and Bear and co. as they reminisce--because in the middle of a stressful life, the gift of those 150 words or so mattered more than you might have realized; they managed to lift me out of myself for a moment, to make my troubles seem less and the world (human and non-human) more (richer, more colorful, friendlier, funnier, full of possible adventures to come). Thank you for the writing and for putting in the time to make me laugh--a grateful writing teacher

    Kellene December 12th, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Oh Fup how sad, I just read today. Just like alot of others my first stop on the Newsletter is always to visit Fup. I hope we hear many more stories of Fup & friends, it is just too sad to imagine the newsletter without their hijinks. Best wishes to those still grieving & yes I cried today when I heard/read even though on my many trips to the store we never met, how sad. I bet she was watching just the same. If a book was written on Fups adventures I would be first in line to buy it! Plese keep her memory alive. More pictures would be great as Fup was such a looker!!

    In sadness, Kellene

    Linda J. December 12th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Goodnight, sweet cat. Although I only knew you online, you left indelible paw prints on my heart.

    Liz C. December 12th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    My husband and I had the great pleasure of meeting Fup in the store in September of '06. When I didn't hear of a birthday party or 19th birthday T-shirt last summer,I suspected she might not have been feeling well. I also share your grief as I lost my 17 1/2 year old last June; but the wonderful thing about old cats is that during their last few years they are so very snuggly, cuddly and loving. I agree with Kellene, please publish a Fup book, and post more of her pictures on your website. And maybe one more, commemorative T-shirt too. Thank you so much for sharing her adventures, and her life, with us.

    Margaret R. December 12th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Like so many others here, I only knew Fup through your newsletter. I have always believed (and thus far it has been proven true) that all the really good book stores have a cat or two in attendance, and I greatly enjoyed reading of her adventures with her friends.

    She obviously lead a long and happy life, well-loved by many. I'm sure she's found a cozy corner in Heaven where she can gaze down upon the humans around her and eat Tandoori chicken to her heart's content.

    Tom Young December 12th, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I always enjoy reading about Fup and am sorry to hear of your loss. I have the company of three cats at my home in Peterborough ON Canada know first hand what loving companions they are. If I ever have the opportunity to visit Portland, I will drop by Powell's Books. Thank you and seasons Greetings.

    Sherri December 13th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I made my first pilgrimage to Powells too many years ago to remember. I remember seeing this hauty cat and thinking he was the epitomy of what a cat should be. Over the years of making my trips to Portland I would stop in - always watching for Fup. A great character that will be missed by many.

    Jocelyn December 17th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    I first met Fup when I began traveling to Portland to attend an annual conference in 1996. I didn't make it to every conference, but every time I was in Portland, I'd walk down from my hotel to the City of Books, taking time to stop and visit Fup on the way.
    Fup bore a striking resemblence to my first cat, who also lived to the age of 19.There was a sweet remembrance, then, in visiting Fup after my cat had gone to the Bridge. My last visit to Portland was earlier this year; a job change meant that this was the last time I'd be attending the conference, and when I stopped to see Fup, I knew I was saying goodbye for more than that reason. Fup wasn't a gregarious cat, but I would sit in the doorway of the 'back room' and eventually she would condescend to interact with me. :) On my last visit, I discussed geriatric cat care with Fup's caregivers, and gave them some tips from my experiences nursing two 19 year old cats.
    A Fup book? Continuing the story of Fup, Store Cat? Of course! Fup transcends such petty details as the time-space continuum. This page proves it...hundreds of people grieving over a cat they never met in purrson.

    I just hope that the decision the staff told me about this summer, that there would not be another Store Cat at Powell's, isn't the final one.

    Sandy January 11th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    So many postings and overall the one thought remains: if possible publish a book of Fup's Tales (you must know by now that Fup had a great following).

    A Store Cat/Dog brings in the customers. No cat will replace Fup, however keep the tradition going and you will see what a difference they will make!

    Dee Medley January 16th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Fup's passing. I looked forward to meeting here someday. We were birthday twins, and I think we had a special spiritual relationship. I do still have the commemorative shirt from her 16th (or was it 17th?) birthday, and I still wear it with pride.

    Shamu G.M January 30th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    My sincere condolences to everyone at Powell's Books.

    I live in Singapore & only knew Fup thru the regular newsletters Powell's send out & especially look out for the posts on Fup.

    Am really missing Fup, she was a really adorable looking cat, a true queen. Although no cat or dog can replace Fup,I hope Powell's will keep the tradition alive. This has been the saddest news i have read so far. Again my sincere condolences to all at Powell's.

    Cece Noll February 15th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I was greatly saddened to read of Fup's passing. Though I never had the privilege of meeting her, I enjoyed immensely following her adventures and opinions online. So much has been said and written in praise of our finicky feline friends... I'm guessing that after years in residence at Powell's Fup was well-acquainted with her species' literary heritage.

    Super Peach February 28th, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Wow, what a crushing blow it is to read about Fup's passing. Reading her adventures was always a pleasant reminder of the years I lived in Oregon and after our beloved cat of 18 years passed away two years ago the Fup stories helped to fill the void. Thank you Fup.

    Jeanne February 29th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Good-bye Fup. Forever alive in my heart.

    Pet Urn Mary March 29th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    What an awesome cat and I know that she will be missed by all. My condolences -- Mary,

    Tara M. April 1st, 2008 at 12:30 am

    God Bless Fups in Kitty Heaven.

    And Thank You Powell's Books for Being a Kind Home to Fups' During Her Long and Happy Life.

    Herb Moore April 3rd, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Carla, and I are both belatedly glad that we'd seen FUP in Sep, and saddened in the loss of Powells feline ambassador. But also glad in the fact thatFUP suffers no longer, and went in peace, amongst those who loved her.

    Val May 21st, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I just started reading Fup's stories when I saw her obit. I am so sorry to learn of her death. She must have been a pretty special kitty. I'm sorry I won't get to meet her.

    Anne Marie May 28th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Fup used to let me rub her belly sometimes. I always loved that she was a technical bookstore cat, and I miss that in today's corporate BS environments. Fup was friendly, imperious, and let us all know that though we were engineers, we would never have it as good as she did. Those were HER books, and if we wanted one, we'd have to pay - and pay I did. Fup was the highlight of my visit to Powell's Technical, and I will miss her. I do hope Powell's gets another feline ambassador

    Elaine July 16th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Fup, we met once, you were prettier than your picture, oh those beautiful eyes! It's been almost a year, and I still miss reading about your adventures. Dear Fup, we're not the same without your fabulous fur personage. Happy wanderings, wherever you are, sweet kitty. I really hope Powell's finds another furry friend to follow in your pawprints. xoxo

    Lina September 5th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I remember I came into the Powell's technical bookstore JUST to visit Fup just before the Spring of 2007. I'm glad I got to meet her before she passed - she was a sweetheart, and seemed to enjoy the rub I gave her. I hope Powell's finds another store cat to follow in Fup's place - no offense meant to Bear or Zooey, but another aloof (but cuddly and secretly affectionate) kitty is always a good addition!!!

    Rest in peace, Fup.

    R. Kevin Hill September 7th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I moved to Portland in 2004, and for the first time was separated from my children, who remained in Chicago with their mother. One of the ways we stayed close was e-mail, and after I discovered Fup, I often sent "Fup. Store Cat" stories to my youngest son, who adores cats, as a way to stay connected. When he came to visit me, we went and met Fup in person. Though we only knew Fup late in her life, she had a special place in our hearts.

    Orion Lyonesse December 19th, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I just found out that Powell's had a website today (on PBS), then I read some of Fup's adventures. Then I found this queue of condolences for a cat I never knew existed.

    And I have been crying constantly as I read the sentiments of people all over the world who had been touched by this store cat.

    And I am glad Fup was there to greet Freya, my store cat for Orion at Twilight, a bookstore long gone from downtown Everett, WA. She too had her own newsletter column, graciously greeted booklovers, slept either in the showcase or in the window, rising to greet people on the sidewalk, meowing silently through the glass until they had to come into the store, if only to pet her.

    She was a rescued chocolate-point snowshoe cat with the most beautiful sky blue eyes. When she died in January 2008, even Bastet, Beomi and Nyxie couldn't console me, though they tried.

    Thank you all for sharing your feelings for Fup. Somehow, it felt like words about Freya, as well.

    There must be a bookstore, where they have gone, else what's a heaven for?

    Orion Lyonesse
    Everett, WA

    Lira January 17th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    SOS! My car was broken on road. Should I call to repairs or ploice?

    Ultra January 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am

    So nice!

    Robocop January 21st, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Yes, it's true, I know!

    R. Kevin Hill March 7th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    If you look up to post 379, you'll see a remark I made on September 7, 2008 about how Fup brought my son and I closer together when we were separated by great distance. We were sad that she was gone.

    I had completely forgotten that I had written that. Less than a week later, my son died. They're together now.

    Stephanie from NZ, CA March 26th, 2009 at 10:30 am


    I came to see you four years ago. I could see you were counting the years. As a cat lover and mother of five at one time, I knew a great cat when I saw it.

    It was you. You did much to enhance and help the image of cats and you were one heck of a literary genius.

    Take care over that Rainbow Bridge. Say "hi" to Purr, Snooks, Tux and Baby.


    mark April 15th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I want to say - thank you for this!

    Pat July 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I've been reading about Fup for a long time - at least 10 years if not more. I fell in love with her and her stories immediately and always read about Fup if I didn't read anything else in the newsletter. I'd planned to visit Powell's to see Fup in the fur, as it were, but - alas - I waited too long. For many years it's given me pleasure just knowing she was there. We miss you, Fup.

    Michael August 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Back in the 90s, I used to walk to the Hoyt Street Post Office at night to get my mail and would pass by the Technical store. I knew Fup lived there so one night I called for her through the little 1/2" spacing between the two front doors and she came 'round to visit and chat with me. This went on every time I went by there. Oh, the discussions we would have! A few months into this great friendship, I walked into the store to buy a book and found Fup quietly sitting on a chair. I eagerly approached her and talked to her like I did through the doors those many nights, hoping she would remember me. She took one look at me, got up, twitched her tail, and walked the other way! LOL Cats!! Funny though, we still had those chats through the doors from time to time and, again, would ignore me when I was in the store! RIP dear one and thanks for the late night chats!

    Sandy Sandy October 17th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I guess I'm not as observant as I thought as I did realized Fup died in 2007. I love cats and so that saddens me but it sounds like she had a good life. I had a cat/companion for 17 years and she died 10 years ago. I had her cremated and spread her ashes at the Ross Creek Cedars in NW Montana, a special place for me. A friend from MT had met me there. At the time, I drew a Zen Tarot card and it was the Sorrow card. At the end of Sept 09, we once again met up at the Cedars to celebrate the 10 year anniversary. I again drew a Zen Tarot card, and out of 78 cards, I once again drew the Sorrow card. It was a special day for a special cat. The next time I am at the Cedars I will think of Fup. Sincerely....

    Auriette November 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I knew Fup only from the adventures published in the Powell's enewsletter. I was shocked to realize that something had happened to her and I searched out this tribute. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, but I believe she had a happy life, well-loved, and what more can a cat want?

    Jaybird December 26th, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I first met Fup when I was about 14 years old, in 1994 or so. I would often visit the tech store and made many friends of the employees there--my first official paid job was assisting with the great inventory of '95 that made it possible to put all the books online for us today. As the years passed, I stopped coming to the tech store so often, but whenever I did, I always sought out her company.

    Fup had a special talent for being authentically herself. She was often aloof, occasionally mean, delightfully chubby (when I knew her), and had a penchant for ambush affection (hers to you, not the other way around, thank you very much!). She was a most unique cat, and I am glad I knew her.

    I had heard of her passing, but I hadn't read the full scoop 'til now. Never got the newsletter so I'm looking forward to reading about her adventures after the fact.

    Fup, wherever you are, you're still missed. Hope you've got a high place to look down from, and books to watch over, wherever you are (and maybe a red slide, just for decor).

    Gracie December 30th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I just lost my cat this year after 14 years of friendship. I used to look forward to the newsletter to read Fup's adventures. It's so sad to think of even now, years later.
    Rest in peace, dear Fup. You were loved by so many. And thanks to Powells for making her known to the world.

    jonz b May 17th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I would like to say this was or seem to be a very Amazing Cat.My wife and i own a Hair business,our cat who`s name is Tison,lives in the beauty salon with us,we share with him just about everything,strange coming across this piece of topic(Story).I am just so shocked to see fubb and tison share the same quailities,there since of place,surrounding and atmosphere,they are familiar.My deepest warm feelings for fubb and her family.

    =Dan August 4th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I still miss you Fup. The newsletter is not the same without your adventures. Although I never got a chance to meet you in person I still think of you as one of my favorite cats. Have fun playing with Sultan and Precious, I miss them as well.

    Jennifer December 13th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I found myself thinking about and missing Fup today. I can't believe it's been more than three years since she left us. What a loved cat she was. I do miss reading of her adventures.

    Arthur Pearson February 9th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    The tech store manager was unhappy about Fup until he found out people loved having a store cat. My old tom Minky was the same age as her, and over the years he would rub his scent on my pants legs, and then Fup would snuffle that smell and then rub her scent over it. Then when I went home he would snuffle the smell of her. If they had ever met they would have known each other instantly. Minky lived to be two weeks short of 20, blind in his last year, like Fup, with failing kidneys.

    LarryC December 28th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I saw her once, in 1997. She glanced at me, a glare really, then indifferently looked away. Perhaps she smelled my cats at home. I miss the online stories, about disco dancing and traveling.

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