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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 162

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Zooey steals Chester's puzzle toy. Chester steals it back, and this time he carries it straight into the kitchen for safekeeping. Zooey, no surprise, follows.

But Chester won't let Zooey take it again, you can see it in his eyes. He's focused.

Then suddenly: Look, water.

Chester opens his mouth. The toy crashes. Water leaps from the bowl.

Right away Chester's pawing and pawing to scoop the toy out. The original puddle spawns three distinct coves as it spreads across the tile. Zooey is too amused to taunt Chester further.

It takes so little to fluster him.

Oreo hollers: "Use your mouth!"

So Chester does. He plucks the toy and retreats to the corner, dripping all the way.

Lo, the commotion is enough to start Bear talking again. "Fup came back," he reminds everyone. His voice quiets the room. The promise of resolution (or at least an end to this long break in the story) even stops Chester from fretting. But it's as if Bear is reminding himself as much as anyone else when he says it again: "She did come back."

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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.

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