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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 111

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Bear's house is preternaturally quiet. Clock-tick quiet. This afternoon Oreo and Bagheera, and who knows how many others, will come over. The front porch will be teeming with cats. Since Stripes went home, though, it's just been Fup on the couch, Bear in the easy chair; Fup and Bear in the basement; Fup pushing ping pong balls off the top step to Bear, twelve stairs down.

"Where's Zooey again?" Fup needs to be reminded.

"Colorado."

Ages it's been since she and Bear crammed into the pitch-black nook behind where Dave keeps his socks in a plastic milk crate. She'd forgotten just how dark it gets.

"Doing what?"

"Hiking," Bear says. "Taking in the smells." Zooey came back last time raving about cactus in bloom. The cut on his snout took weeks to fully heal. "Enjoying open spaces."

"Open spaces freak me out." When Fup focuses, she can make out Bear's pulse against her hip.

"Me, too," he says.

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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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