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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 78

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"See, it's right there." Fup leads nine cats past the Adidas boutique to the new condo tower, pointing toward the door to the slide with a lean of her head. Cashew goes running toward it.

"Try to outrun me!" Oreo dares him, and takes off right behind.

"He runs so funny," Cesar says to Bagheera, and Bagheera agrees.

"He likes to pretend he's in the jungle like the big cats you see on nature shows."

So Oreo runs and of course catches up (ever since Cashew twisted his leg jumping off the shed he can hardly manage more than a jog). The pack is halfway down the block still when Oreo lowers his shoulder and lunges at the door.

To Fup it sounds like her bowl falling off the counter — the foot-high door rattles just slightly before setting firm, tossing Oreo onto the sidewalk like a drunk thrown out by a bouncer. The white-bellied cat climbs to his feet, woozy, shaking it off.

"Is it locked?" Trudeau asks everyone.

No one answers, but no one hits Trudeau, either. (They've been practicing restraint.)

Oreo swears he's fine.

"Somewhat anxious, though," Fup adds.

"I wanted to hit the slide with a running start."

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"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.

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