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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 139

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The cats are sleeping.

The boys can't believe it. They've come all this way, to a bookstore, to the city. And now Fup, Bear, Oreo, and Bagheera they're sleeping? All at once?

"Cats don't sleep," the younger sibling declares. Once last year his brother warned him to stay away from the robins in the back yard, lest they bite. He will not be fooled so easily again. Can't he just peek in the back room to see?

"I think it's time for some pizza," their mother suggests. "A slice of pepperoni? How's that sound?"

The older boy announces, "Cats do sleep. I want a cat."

"The cats are sleeping, dear," says his mother.

"Cats don't sleep."

"I want my own cat," the eldest clarifies.

"Birds don't bite."

Cats do sleep, true enough, though not so well when families argue outside their open door.

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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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