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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 63

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"No," Fup dutifully insists. "You shouldn't bother. I don't need a birthday party."

"It will give people a chance to welcome you back to the store," Lisa reminds her.

"We'll keep it short," Amber promises. "An hour at most."

How tiresome this act has become, and how patently absurd. "Consider everything you know about me!" Fup wants to scream. "Like how much I love food. Look at me (but don't stop rubbing me)! Nothing pleases me more than steady pampering, except presents. Think!"

What was that woman's name, the bookseller from Coos Bay? One of the nicest staff members the store has ever seen. Joyce, was it? Joanne? Jezebel? Truly, some people are too kind. Or too literal, is really the problem. It's these children of the west coast, Fup can't help thinking. Sarcasm! She was being sarcastic when she said she didn't want the attention a party would bring, she was joking, but Jill or Jeanie or Jolene didn't get it, and all these years later, for reasons she can't herself figure out, Fup's still stuck feigning reluctance.

A party for her sweet sixteen? Are you kidding? She wouldn't miss out for the world.

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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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