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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 29

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"I want another dose," Bear says.

"Only one a day," Fup reminds him.

The middle of winter and lo and behold it's been blue skies two days in a row. Fup and Bear decided to celebrate, hitching a ride in Nathan's pickup as far as the bottom of Multnomah Falls. When they tired of taunting leashed dogs over by the Visitors Center, they walked here through the woods, to the lush pool above Horsetail Ridge.

Bear rises slowly on his hind legs until, when he deems himself close enough, he swats at a spider, traps it in his paw.

"Oh baby," Fup tells him. "You're so tough. You should flex for me in that tank top."

Bear swallows the spider, standing paws on hips watching Fup make faces in the pool's reflection. "And you should dance for me in your bare fur," he says, "like the woman in that Italian dance Ozzy's wife is always talking about."

Meanwhile, back in the City of Books, the citizenry is hot with debate. Should the whole cast of Books.news appear sans costume? Most agree that Sunday's editorial denouncing Fup for corrupting the minds of young kittens lacked a basic understanding of contemporary cat culture, but how far will Powell's let it go?

Will customers flee to some other bookstore, one that understands a cat's best place is in its clothes? Tune in next edition.

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Fup's Picks

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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