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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 77

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Nine cats gathered in the North Park Blocks, waiting in the dark. From the far sidewalk, you can't make out much more than a clot of glowing eyes on the lawn.

"Does anyone have the time?"

"When I left the apartment it was eleven-thirty. That must have been..." The rest of the sentence is lost to the tires of a car on Eighth Avenue, but Fup knows the voices belong to Cesar and Cashew.

"Maybe Fup thought we meant midnight last night," a third cat proposes. Oreo, it sounds like.

"She knows what midnight means," Ro assures them.

"Thank you," Fup mumbles, approaching. You'd think they were doing her a favor instead of the other way around. A few minutes late and all this commotion.

"Let thee among you who hath never overslept cast the first stone!" She shouts, and nine heads turn in Fup's direction. A few of her friends bound immediately across the lawn.

"Yo!"

"What's up?"

"Take your own sweet time, don't you, Miss Celebrity Store Cat."

Fup ignores the jab. "It's freezing out here," she replies, "but it's warm where we're headed," and off she leads them to the slide in the new condo tower.

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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
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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?
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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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