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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 144

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Since shortly after lunch, Oreo has been napping on a bed outside the front door. While Bagheera watches sidewalk traffic from the porch rail, Fup and Bear trap bugs in the long grass, meanwhile naming the best breakfasts of their lives.

"Tuna fricassee," Fup recalls. "Toledo, Ohio, at the Win Some, Lose Some Diner. Makes me hungry just remembering."

"New Year's Day 2003," counters Bear. "Eggs Benedict. For the rest of the day, my stomach felt heavier than the rest of my body combined but, oh, that hollandaise."

Along the front path, a neighbor approaches. Up the steps he proceeds, fishing in his coat pocket for the spare key he keeps next door. He turns the lock and leans into the house, calling, "Hello! Anybody home?"

Nearly five o'clock now, but it'll be ages still before the June sun sets on Portland. What the cats wouldn't give for a year of these lazy evenings, everlasting slanted light, pale purple sky, tranquility...

The neighbor tries again. "Hello?!"

Through the gap between door and frame, Chester rushes out, practically trampling Oreo on his gallop to the stairs, which he takes two per stride. Across a corner of sloped front lawn, down the block wow, that dog can run and then left at the familiar turn toward Mount Tabor. Before anyone quite knows what's transpired, he disappears.

All Bear can manage is, "What the?"

"Where's he going?" Fup follows.

Did Chester just run away?

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Fup's Picks

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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