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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 27

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Dogs and cats, playing together. It's unnatural, that's all I'm saying."

"We needed a fifth," Bear tells Otto. "And anyway, it's not dogs, plural – it's one dog, a friend of mine, who happens to be fundamentally incapable of bluffing."

"Zooey seems harmless enough," Otto admits, spooning tuna salad into a hollowed round of sourdough bread, "but how do we know he's not some kind of plant?"

"Meaning what? That he'll report back to the canine society how you mark cards? If there's a player left on the east side that doesn't know you scratch the edge of face cards with your claw, it's news to me."

Back at the table, Fup deals. Otto bets three red chips; Moxie raises one white. Bear and Zooey meet the bet. Fup folds and begins to replace their discards: everyone takes three except Zooey, who asks for only one.

As the remaining players begin to organize their hands, the warning starts up again, like a stick against a garbage can: Zooey's tail wagging against the back of the metal folding chair.

The cats lay down their cards. Another pot goes to the dog.

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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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