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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 168

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Walking home from the park, Wiggums showed Fup a shortcut. Off the streets, they crossed from one back yard to another: first through an easy gap between fence posts, then under a patch of chain link where some dog has dug a hole, and next, most impressively, via a sturdy span of plum tree branches.

"He'll forgive me," Fup said, meaning Bear. "In some ways, that's the hardest part. He'll say that he wants what I want, that what I want is what matters."

The plum tree set them down on the roof of a shed.

Wiggums didn't know how to respond — he'd met Bear just a few times and wouldn't have presumed to understand their relationship. Instead of speaking, he motioned toward a woodpile conveniently stacked against the shed, stepping down.

"Bear will understand what drove me here," Fup reiterated.

Along the street out front, a blue Oldsmobile crept between houses, conspicuously, as if lost.

"If he didn't understand," Fup proposed, "he'd be mad at me, right? Totally pissed."

"I would think so," confirmed Wiggums, though it wasn't clear whether even Fup believed this. Was Wiggums meant to answer these questions as a cousin or as the representative male? He had no idea. Thankfully, they'd reached his house.

Parked in the driveway, there was the Oldsmobile, its trunk and bumper dressed in colorful stickers, bold messages on bright backgrounds. Wiggums welcomed the distraction.

Now Fup recognized the car. The sticker that proclaimed, "There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast" beside a familiar dent by the back tire well.

Which is where she spotted Bear, in front of the tire, pawing anxiously at the gravel, looking around.

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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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