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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 81

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup's scream reaches through the aisles, past rows and rows of books to the registers, even out to the delivery gate. For an instant, it's as if the whole store stops breathing.

Amber interrupts the man she's been helping choose among HTML guides, turns, and runs. Ryan abandons the information desk, where for almost ten minutes a woman has been trying to recall the name of the book with the green cover that only this morning her husband asked her to buy. Collier, organizing overstock shelves, skips the last three rungs of his ladder and dashes directly to the back office. In the doorway they gather, confirming for each other by their mutual presence the urgency of the moment.

Fup's not on her blanket. She's not on the photocopy machine. The Out box holds its envelopes — but no cat.

"Fup!" Amber shouts.

They find her in the corner, licking her paw, licking and licking and licking.

"Fup, are you okay?" Her eyes skip from face to face, smooth as a stone across still water. Oblivious.

"Paper cut," she explains.

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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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