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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 167

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup had been in Boring eight days, nine days, ten. Bear couldn't hold out any longer. The time had come for a visit to the bookstore, no matter what it might cost his pride. For better or worse, he needed information.

After a week of loitering in the Park Blocks, spying Powell's front door for clues, today he charged straight in.

"Bear!" Ryan shouted. "Where have you been? Fup moves to the country and suddenly you forget who we are?"

Moves?

Ryan called to Jason, who was fluffing a sale books table, "Look at the cat who dragged himself in!"

Moves? Bear's brain snagged on the word, searching for a definition that didn't imply permanent relocation. A form of "moves" with a built-in "moving back."

Time stopped. Voices filled the back office — Bear couldn't remember crossing the store to the office, but there he was. Someone petted his head. Someone else shouted his name. He thought he might throw up. Then Ryan appeared with a bowl of kibble, Fup's bowl, and Bear got sick on the floor.

"Gah!" Ryan exclaimed, retreating toward the paper towel stash. Bear almost followed. He would race out of the store, yes, he needed air, immediately — but what if the front door was closed? He froze among the concerned staff.

Just then Lisa poked her head in the door. "I'm driving out to see Fup on Friday," she announced. "Maybe Bear would like to come along?"

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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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