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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 180

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Did you hear anything about a squirrel?" Oreo asked when Zooey and Bear met them back in the Park Blocks after their visit to the bookstore.

No one had mentioned a squirrel.

Apparently, the squirrel was big news. If you believed Oreo and Bagheera, anyway. Chester was too busy treeing crows to participate in the discussion.

"What squirrel? Who?"

They had assumed that Bear and Zooey would know. No one knew. The conversation hit a dead end. The crows flew away. A couple walked by pushing a stroller, and one word jumped out from their talking: squirrel.

The five of them looked around, over the lawn and across adjacent streets, at pedestrians and automobiles and the #15 bus pointed west toward the hills, at two teenagers playing Frisbee and a man napping on a bench and a dog peeing on a tree. But no squirrels.

"Weird," Oreo said.

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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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