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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 135

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Five hundred store cats converged on Portland. They came from as far away as Massachusetts and Miami.

"Cat crate sales must have gone through the roof," Lyn from Square Books speculated. She'd gathered with other booksellers in a brewpub near Powell's to give the cats their space.

Fup hosted a reception in the store. Powell's sprung for cheese plates, and Emily made seven flavors of milk.

Oreo must have posed for fifty pictures. Bear invited a few Tabbies from Ann Arbor to the office for a catnip break, and they didn't come back for an hour. Bagheera, to no one's surprise, quickly grew bored with the whole affair. So many questions about Fup and the stories online. Did no one want to trap moths in the park? Eventually he climbed up to the attic and slept on Doug's desk.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday — Fup attended seminars, led tours of the city, talked shop and talked life and talked family with new friends, day and night. She credited her strict napping regimen: Stay up five hours, sleep for one. Stay up five hours, sleep for one.

"Should I wake you at some point?" Lisa asked on Saturday, when all the guests had gone.

"If it's nice out on Monday, definitely."

"Forecast says partly cloudy," Lisa let her know, and she slid the half-curtains over Fup's bed closed.

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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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