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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 156

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup confided in her sister within days of the decision. Only years later, and under strict bounds of confidentiality, did Clara tell Bear. Bear had known Fup longer than anyone in Portland, save her family; he'd known her since before she even came to Portland. He could keep a secret, and didn't he deserve to know?

Only after Fup's passing did Bear tell Zooey.

"Kind of cool," Zooey reflects, "how there's still more of Fup to go around. I mean, it's odd how a story can make someone bigger in your mind, or make them more real. Even someone you thought you knew well. But it still kind of freaks me out."

Bear confirms it. "You did know her well," he says. "But you might have never known her at all, if she hadn't changed her mind."

Bagheera remains in the recessed window, near the top of the basement wall. Chester has retreated to the corner — no more wrestling with Oreo, too many close claws across the snout.

"Changed her mind about what?" Oreo wants to know.

"He'll get there," Bagheera chimes in.

Bear says, "Fup ran away once, not long after she came to Powell's. She'd told me — she'd told everyone — that she was visiting Wiggums in Boring, but according to Clara she had no intention of coming back."

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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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