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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 23

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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While Gus waits outside on the wire, staring through the window at Fup and Bear, Vicki tells the phone room staff, "Just let them be. They need to work things out between them. They just need time."

On Saturday Gus had flown in through the phone room's fourth-floor window by mistake, though he wouldn't admit it. For more than an hour, he perched on one of the big exposed beams in the ceiling. Finally someone offered him popcorn is how the story goes, and after a while he couldn't resist so he flapped down to grab the salty kernels off Tracy's hard drive, his slippery bird talons scratching on the purple plastic casing. He'd been hanging out inside ever since – until word spread to the Tech Store and the cats.

"How much longer are you gonna keep up this macho act?" Fup asks Bear again now.

Bear stretches his paw, taking care to reveal his sharp claws. "Not much longer," he admits. "He's no fun to bully, just sitting there."

Gus continues to rock lightly on the power line, pretending not to care. Then another seagull lands a few feet over him, and a third. Gus squawks.

"The seagulls are going to attack," Miel announces. "We should have stopped this while we had a chance."

"The seagulls are not going to attack," Vicki assures everyone.

A phone rings, startling the tense staff. Fup remains prone on the window sill. She whispers, "Should I be calling friends?"

It's hard to know how serious she is.

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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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