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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 10

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Murgatroid left in the middle of the night. Honestly, it's for the best we'd all have been crying like little babies if we'd had to watch him go.

I showed up a few minutes before nine on Tuesday, and I'd hardly sat down when Darin called me over. Hillary was holding the note, standing in front of the quiet tank.

"I love you all," Hillary read from the paper, "but I told you way back on the day I got here from Jersey that I'm easily bored. It's me," the note explained. "I'd been thinking that I need something new for going on a month, then that snail showed up in the tank last week. Five nights running he's kept me up into the wee hours with his long-winded diatribes about how public transportation could change snails' lives forever. I took it as a sign that it's time to move on.

"I need to go swim with the dolphins again," the note concluded, in Murgatroid's familiar cursive slant. "I'm looking for something a little more get-up-and-go, a little more country, a little more rock and roll."

Linc took it well, considering, at least as well as could be expected. "I hardly ever took Muragtroid to the beach anymore," he admitted. "And lately he had been listening to a ton of Hank Williams."

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
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"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
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In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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