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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 125

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The question at this point isn't whether Fup will stop butting her head against the customer's hand. She won't stop until someone makes her stop or until the woman agrees to pet her. We recognize the mood.

"Why is she doing that?" the woman asks. Her name is Donna. It's written on her personal check, and her driver's license confirms it. "It's so great that you still take checks," Donna tells the cashier. Jason has been on the register since lunch.

Fup nudges her again. Does Donna really not know why?

"Fup's hoping for a little scratching," Jason tells Donna.

Fup rubs her nose against Donna's wrist.

"She has an itch?"

Is it possible that Donna has never encountered a cat? The marvel glazing her eyes would certainly make you think so. But Donna doesn't look especially young (by what age have most people seen their first cat – twelve?; she's twenty years past that, easily), or otherwise unhinged.

Jason says, "She likes it when you pet her."

"Really!"

Fup collapses on her side and raises two paws in the air. Say this for her: she's not giving up.

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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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