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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 48

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Near Butler Creek Park, they reconnect with Cesar's nieces, who set them up with a ride into the city. The last miles fly under them. The car shifts and leans. In what seems like no time at all they recognize the high-pitched whine of a bridge under the tires and realize they're mere minutes from home.

You can see Zooey's jaw slip when he hears metal whining against the car's wheels. A glance out the window confirms his fear: they've passed his house, they're crossing the river. "We'll get back to the east side soon," Bear assures him. "Dave will pick us up downtown."

The car stops, a door opens. Onto the grass leap Fup and Bear, with Zooey tumbling out close behind.

And that's it. Here are the Park Blocks. There, across the street, waits Powell's — the front entrance swings wide as a potbellied man walks out, bag of books in hand. While Zooey rolls on the sunny, wide lawn and Bear trees a squirrel, Fup scampers up the stairs, a simple store cat again.

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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
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.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: 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?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.

 

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