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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 14

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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It was simply a matter of pride. If you know Fup, you understand that, but the Kiwi customs official how could he know, relying solely on the testimony of a biased ornithologist from Sydney who happened to be seated by the condiments when the shouting began?

The truth: while we waited in line at the counter, then for a full ten minutes at the table while the rest of us washed down Hokey Pokey muffins with Long Black coffees, Fup completely ignored the birds flitting here and there around the dining area of the airport's food court. Didn't even turn her head. Not until the one bird started taunting her. Then, well, none of this excuses Fup's behavior afterwards, but that Fantail was way out of line.

Fup's sarcasm didn't help any. "Nothing looked good at the food court," she told the officer, "and you know how unreliable airline food can be."

"That's no answer!" a cockatoo shouted, but by now the ogling crowds had returned to their espressos and pre-flight snacks, and though we all wanted nothing more than to board our connection, it was becoming clear that we might be detained for awhile.

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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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