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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 72

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Just before dawn, the first gray light filters through the elms and maples along Park Avenue, and the robins can't contain themselves for the gossip they've been collecting since dark; squirrels scamper between trees, hoarding the easy harvest left overnight on the lawn, their mouths bursting with acorns and their minds full of winter plans; stupid moths flutter in the grass; while people lie tucked under blankets still, and their dogs acquiesce, obedient or lazy or simply, inescapably trapped inside locked apartments and homes.

"Hunt me," the world seems to be saying.

Some such mornings, Fup slips out of the store to prowl the Park Blocks. Sure she does. Other days, however — today, for example (and yesterday, if you must know, and the day before that, too) — she curls up in front of the window, warm and relaxed on her bedded, sheltered shelf, where the birdscreech and squirrelchirp and mounting commotion is effectively baffled by glass.

What's the line in Kundera? "The true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of your attitude towards those who are at your mercy." Fup's lungs swell with breath, contented, and her nose returns a soft snore.

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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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