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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 20

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Wait," Bear told Zooey, stopping at the edge of the sidewalk. "I've got a queasy feeling about this." Across the street, hundreds of dogs spilled into the parking lot from the back patio of the brew pub, begging meaty treats from thirsty bar patrons. Blocking the entrance to the lot, two yapping Yorkshire Terriers tugged at their leashes, mouthing off to a panting Bernese Mountain Dog who couldn't have cared less.

Zooey barked. Fup and Bear quickly hid behind a shrub.

"Cats!" a retriever yelled. They would die, surely; they would be remembered as the most gullible cats who ever lived.

Yet by dusk it would seem like a dream. Hadn't it all been so strange? Later that night and through the remainder of the weekend, Fup would regale Tech Store employees with the story of the miniature poodle who, after perhaps lapping a bit too much from unguarded pitchers of stout, invited Bear to the two-dollar showing of Chicken Run; also Gerard, the German Shepherd who had just moved in next door to Omar, a handsome Tonkinese whom Fup had dated on and off two winters ago.

"Dogtoberfest," cats throughout the North Park Blocks marveled. "Unprecedented."

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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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