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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 161

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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When Bear wanders outside to get some fresh air, Zooey fills in the missing pieces: "Bear was toreador-cool in those days," the ninety-pound Lab tells Oreo, Bagheera, and Chester. "Dogs or cats, regardless, he practically dared you to charge."

Zooey feels a hundred years old, remembering. To run for hours and hardly tire. Sneaking into a hotel one time, he climbed eighteen flights of stairs! That same year, he met Fup and Bear. The others weren't even alive.

"I'm not sure Bear had ever been dumped," Zooey says.

Fup had been gone two or three days when Bear found himself in front of the Tech store, not for any particular reason. Routine. Two blocks north, he spotted Jason approaching on the rebuilt ten-speed he'd salvaged from a yard sale the previous summer.

What would Powell's staff think of Bear hanging around the store? Was he welcome without Fup? Would he make them uncomfortable? Or was he being ridiculous?

Jason swung a leg over the crossbar and coasted coolly toward the stoop, one sneaker on a pedal and the other alongside, dangling above the sidewalk. Maybe he didn't notice Bear by the parking meter. Maybe he pretended not to. Bear couldn't tell.

How much did they know?

Bear sat perfectly still while Jason chained his bike to the rack. He couldn't stay, didn't want to face these people, wouldn't let them pity him if he had any say in the matter — Fup was gone, and he wasn't sure why. But she was gone.

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Fup's Picks

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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