Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
Fup races into the woods, toward the roar. Rounding a giant cedar she spots its
source: framed between Joe's trembling legs, a mountain lion stands twenty feet
up the path, back arched, legs coiled, ready to spring.
Zooey's hackles rise from his spine like useless quills; otherwise he could be
made of plaster for all he's moving. His ears are folded back against his skull,
so he's scared out of his wits, as well.
It's come to this: Fup's hubris will cost her friends their lives. A trip into the
mountains, she said, as simple as that: come with me. Maybe the lion will take her,
too; that would be just fine because how could she ever live with herself if she
makes it home without them?
"Stop!" Bear shouts. "They're with us!"
The big cat hardly flinches, but something clearly changes in his composition.
When he raises his chin and looks down the path in Bear's direction, first he
sneers, but within seconds his muscles relax barely, yes, but enough.
Fup realizes, far too late: that oversized beast up the path is one of them.
It's almost too much to believe.
"You are so, so lucky," the lion grumbles, and Zooey's relief is such that he
immediately collapses onto the ground and begins to whimper, which hardly endears
him to the lion. "I so cannot believe you're traveling with cats."
That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan
"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.
Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel
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?
by Bronwen Meredith
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.