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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 160

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Was the scene as strange for anyone to witness as it must have been for Bandit's family? Their 100-pound wolf-shepherd mix, in the clearing beyond the back deck, cuddling — literally, spooning — with a cat. And while other cats were around! Fup had arrived at their house in the woods that very day; she hadn't yet set foot indoors.

They had their own cats. Great cats! This behavior was unprecedented. Would Bandit ever, in a million years, cuddle with Wiggums? They couldn't imagine. And he didn't even like to be in the same room as Kit.

Hearing this now, Oreo asks, "Can you imagine if someone actually named you Kit Cat? I guarantee they let the kids choose the name."

Fup stood up, putting some space between herself and Bandit. She walked a few confident circles on the gravel. Wiggums and Kit observed without comment.

In the kitchen, not twenty feet away, the startled couple and their children had risen from the table and crowded in front of the sliding glass door. No one opened it, not wanting to interrupt.

Fup balanced on two legs and started patting Bandit's snout. Later, Wiggums would swear he heard the dog moan.

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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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