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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 71

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup leaps onto the front counter and saunters straight across the register keyboard, inciting a tirade of beeps and moans from the confused machine. Before Ryan can remove her completely, the woman at the front of the line begins scratching Fup's head and rubbing behind the cat's ears, cooing, "Store cat needs scratches, doesn't she? Yes, yes. Scratches for kitty."

Ryan voids Fup's random keystrokes, returns the customer's books to the near side of the counter, and starts again, scanning the labels anew.

"Scratch, scratch, scratch. Itchy kitty, yes," the woman says. Two men emerge from the shelves to extend the line behind her.

Fup bows her head to better position herself for the scratching. A third man joins the queue, and now, from out of nowhere, a fourth. Suddenly Fup reverses, slipping her head out from beneath the woman's hand. Her paw lands squarely on the VOID key. The register whines its complaint.

Fup's message is clear. The store cat's power is evident. So concludes Ryan's latest attempt to switch Fup over to that chalky, horrid — "Senior," they call it — dry food.

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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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