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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 172

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Bear found himself in the Twibels' driveway, surrounded by strangers. A dog on the porch was staring straight through him. What was up with that?

"I'd imagined so many scenarios," Bear tells Bagheera and Oreo, Zooey and Chester. "Not one included Fup running away the instant I showed up."

Ugh, their guts tell them. Bagheera and Oreo, Zooey and Chester — they know Bear, and they know that Fup came back to Portland, and yet each is beginning to realize that they don't know the half of it. How much do we ever know about our friends? So many blanks to fill in, infinite room for error.

"Fup tore the Doberman apart," Bagheera volunteers. He has no idea, of course, but that can't stop him from rooting.

Bear says, "When Fup took off into the woods, I froze. Was I supposed to follow her? It was an awful lot to process in just a few seconds."

"Duh," Oreo counters. "You had no choice. Tell me you followed her?"

At once they understand that five guys are present for the telling of this story. It's an awkward realization. Two dogs and three cats — Zooey and Chester, Bear, Bagheera, and Oreo, all of them guys. Might as well print it on their collars: Beyond the bluster, we haven't a clue what we're talking about.

"I followed her," Bear says. "Of course I did. But I'd hesitated, and by the time I ran, she'd disappeared. Then the Doberman barked. And then Bandit starting barking. And running. Was he coming after me? I didn't wait to find out."

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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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