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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 159

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Bandit bared his teeth. The Doberman feigned a charge.

"But never mind the dogfight," Bear tells the room. "Fup thought her heart would give out before the first bite."

On the window ledge, Bagheera whimpers. The others pretend not to notice.

"Bandit didn't back down," Bear assures them. In fact, the big dog practically roared, and his rage shocked Fup into motion; she turned from the face-off and fled behind the cabin, up a tree.

"And let me guess," Oreo volunteers. "Fup almost didn't come back to Portland because she'd decided to spend the rest of her life hiding in that tree."

Suddenly Bear starts cleaning his leg.

"Like you'd have rushed into the melee," Bagheera follows.

"Dogs like me," counters Oreo. And it's true, to an extent that often vexes the other cats. Why does everyone like him? Not just dogs but also cats and people, sometimes even chipmunks and crows.

Chester urges Bear to ignore them. "What happened?"

But Bear just goes on cleaning his leg. The other cats hush, confused.

"Bandit chased the Doberman off," Zooey interjects, "and eventually Fup came down."

Come down, she did. But Zooey can't bring himself to say the rest in front of Bear, Fup's old flame: Not long after Fup climbed out of the tree, she took up with Bandit: cat and dog.

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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
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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.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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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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