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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 117

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The cat can't be blamed. So many pedestrians passing by the store, dogs as well, all morning and on through the afternoon. True, Bear spent much of the day on the block, roving from park to storefront and even inside, in and out a half-dozen times, it seemed to Carole, who was working the register, answering calls, and otherwise doing her best to ignore the fun being had outside by people with the day off from work. Had Carole been positioned to face the street her attention might have been drawn to the situation, but in fact a poster promoting math in local schools obscured her view, and in any case her back remained to the window even after the disruption, until another employee stepped out for a breath of air and found Bear hovering over the mess. Bear tells Fup, "They think I'm responsible."

"They're not stupid," Fup replies.

Granted, Bear brings a certain amount of baggage to the table, a reputation for roughhousing and horseplay, but pent-up energy and a native athleticism does not a troublemaker make. Not necessarily, anyway.

And even if it does, so what?

"They didn't see it happen," he reminds Fup. "It's all circumstantial evidence." He should have stayed home and napped all day in the shade. Cats don't belong downtown on public holidays.

Fup assures him, "Innocent until proven guilty."

"I didn't do it!"

She is being difficult, undeniably.

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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.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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