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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 67

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"The catnip is from West Virginia," Amber explains. "It arrived in the mail today. Fup loves it. She rolled around in her bed with it for over an hour — and we haven't even opened the package yet!"

Bear enters the back office to find Fup boxing a fly in the corner of the room, pinning it repeatedly to the linoleum. Each time she lifts her paw, the tangled black knot flits away in a half-hearted attempt at escape before the paw comes crashing down again.

Bear observes quietly from the doorway. Up comes Fup's paw, out slips the fly. Down goes the paw again. To Bear it looks as if Fup is slapping a volume control, silencing the buzz.

"Mind if I roll around in your bed for a while?" he interrupts.

"Fly away!" Fup commands, retracting her arm, then — wop! — endgame.

At last, she turns to Bear. "Go for it. When you're ready, meet me in the attic," she suggests. "There's bound to be something up there more challenging than flies."

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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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