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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 145

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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They picked up Chester twenty blocks away, running laps around a bungalow, playing with a young Golden Retriever he'd met days before at the park.

"You can't just take off like that," Bear warns him on their way back to the house. Clearly, Chester feels horrible for the trouble he's caused. Maybe not sorry yet, but horrible, sure.

"They'll lock you up," Oreo warns.

Later, the cats will regale friends with tales of Chester's escape and the search that followed — nearly two hours it took to find him, and then only thanks to their network of neighborhood pets. It's the summer's first truly memorable adventure. And what's summer without those? But they won't admit as much to the new dog.

At least not until they get some dirt about this Golden Retriever. She's cute, but c'mon — twenty blocks at a sprint?!

Fup reminds Chester, "They could do worse than lock you up," but Chester returns only a quizzical stare. "They could send you back to the pound."

Chester stops in his tracks. "Have they ever done that?"

"There's no rule against starting now."

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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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