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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 154

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Chester is straining the cats' nerves. Circling, albeit slowly, paroling the living room's outskirts. Rounding them up.

Bear looks at Zooey. "Please tell him to stop."

Zooey barks. Chester stops.

"He's worried about losing us," Bagheera whispers. "It's kind of sweet, really."

Bear sighs.

"Someone named Marina posted a haiku on the blog," Zooey announces. Zooey recites Marina's poem: "Quintessential cat / You guarded all the tech books / And our hearts, from rats."

Quietly, Chester rises. With a few modest steps, he disappears behind the sofa.

"I'll scratch you," Oreo warns. "Zooey, tell Chester I'll scratch him if he doesn't quit herding." Chester peeks around the end table. Oreo does not appear to be joking.

But Oreo can be hard to read sometimes, he can be one sarcastic cat. Maybe in fact Oreo wants to play. Teasing this way. Provoking play!

With his nose, Chester pokes the top of Oreo's head.

Nope. Not joking.

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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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