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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 130

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup didn't eat on Thanksgiving.

"She's just being contrary," Trudeau told several cats downtown. Not in front of her, however, so Fup had no opportunity to explain. The whole thing became a much bigger deal than it needed to be, and all because of a mincemeat pie.

Fup had floated the idea of fasting as early as Monday. "Let's give thanks by going without," she proposed. "No food, no toys, no TV. We'll just hang out and think about all the stuff we'd rather be eating and doing, but can't, for once."

Bagheera and Bear agreed. Oreo bought in at first, too, until come lunchtime on Thursday he got hungry.

"Partial credit for going without breakfast?" Oreo requested.

Partial credit was granted, though Bear took to calling Oreo "the standard against which we shall be measured: for short, I dub you, 'The Standard.'" Trudeau, however, didn't find the experiment funny or inspiring or in any way worthwhile. He'd brought the pie, and no one ate the pie not even Oreo, who favors dry kibble.

"I can't eat the whole pie!" Trudeau protested.

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Creeps in this petty hunger from day to day," Bear assured him. "Point being, we're going to be awfully hungry tomorrow."

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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.

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