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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 122

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Zooey looks left, looks right. He pants and pants and pants. The big yellow dog wants shade.

But Dinah is hogging the shade. There's more than enough cool sidewalk under the awning for two. Twice Zooey has approached. Each time Dinah tore at the space between them with her claws.

Zooey shifts on his paws. "Woof!" He twirls his head so each ear stirs the air, starting a breeze. "Woof!"

Dinah does not speak dog. Figures.

"Move!" he repeats. "Share!"

Carol pokes her head out of the bookstore. "Zooey," she says, "make nice."

Make nice? With Dinah? It'll be enough to make nice with Fup, who's responsible for his predicament. Maybe someday she'll host a downtown tour within the prescribed time, but not today. "They had a thousand questions," she'll explain. Or, "They wanted to see the tunnels." And of course she can't say no.

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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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