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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 186

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Later, much later.

After Morrison's acrobatics in the park, and after the revelations. Getting on dinnertime by then, the streets filled with commuters. The man with his daughter on his shoulders got tired and let her down. Holding hands, they set off for home. Eventually people moved on.

It was dark by the time Zooey suggested they spend the night at the bookstore — "We're already downtown" — and another hour still before Bear volunteered, "I know a way in."

Darker yet and starting to rain when at last Bear led them upstairs to the empty break room.

Hadn't the day veered wildly, wonderfully off course?

The big yellow Lab made straight for his old spot on the couch. On the cushion beside him lay a cat colored like an Oreo cookie. Another cat dozed on the windowsill. The night had gone quiet, but the nervous herding dog tried to keep his eyes and ears alert.

No one could say how late the Siamese cat went on talking with the squirrel. Those two voices outlasted them all.

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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
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"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
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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?
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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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