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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 120

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Three months it's been since Fup overheard a couple at the store's front window, calling out the best quality in each stranger that passed outside, man or woman. "Hair," one would say. And the other would counter, "Sense of humor." (How could you tell from just a glimpse? Fup wondered.)

But after a bit of reflection, she thought: Fantastic! Not that Fup ever would have claimed to be the most optimistic cat in the world — a dark side, she has, and a propensity for occasional blues — but everyone must have a redeeming quality, right? So find it.

Three months of bright skies and silver linings, and now here comes Dinah, the new cat in town. Such a sweet name and yet such a sour disposition.

"I figured a woman of your reputation would have a soft carpet to save her legs instead of this clawforsaken tile," Dinah complains in the Engineering aisles.

Up till now Fup's blue skies vision has been a revelation, as if some new, peculiar light reliably broke through passing clouds. But Fup's friends and acquaintances... perhaps they're not so representative. Bagheera is unceasingly kind, Oreo somehow makes you feel more alive, and Bear — Fup has trouble singling out one quality she admires in him, but brave and funny rank high up.

"You call this a bed?" Dinah asks in the back office. "Have you been sleeping on this rock all your life?"

Dinah, Dinah, Dinah. Nice whiskers, Fup considers. Except, no, Dinah's the only cat Fup knows with split ends.

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Fup's Picks

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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