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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 87

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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She'd have sworn she'd seen the lanky, black cat before. Fup watched him from the store's front window, struggling to recall the time and place. Could it have been one of Bagheera's nephews, from Laurelhurst?

She slipped outside with the morning's first customer. After no small amount of roaming, she tracked down the mystery cat finally, one of several, near the loading dock of a furniture warehouse a few blocks north: five cats sunning themselves around the lot — and Fup didn't know a single one. How could that be possible? Where had they been all this time? Where had she?

Should she go find back-up? Bear was all the way across town, but surely Cashew and Trudeau, at least, could be drawn out on such a warm, dry day. Never mind, though — by the time she rounded up friends, the klatch would likely have moved on.

Approach or retreat? She started for the warehouse gate then quickly reversed direction. Stop. And go. Stop. And go. And stop.

"Fup!" a tabby called out.

Sometimes it felt like cheating, how seemingly everyone in town knew her. Socializing made simple. But other times, for instance now, it killed her — did she know the tabby? Or the black cat, the one who'd led her here, strutting across the lot to greet her? Year by year by year by year, the faces piled up; the names congealed. Had they met before? She had absolutely no idea.

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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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