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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 40

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup had made a show of examining the greeting card carefully, turning it over in her paws, rubbing the colorful cutouts against her ear while the classroom waited, transfixed. Seven kittens in attendance, and not a whit of licking or whispering among them. Cesar, meanwhile, who'd made the card for Fup, reveled in his teacher's rapt attention.

Bear watched wordlessly from the sill.

Afterwards, they would remember it as the moment the dogs began barking — Bear's earliest recollection of Cesar.

Ten dogs at least, or so it seemed to the kittens, trapped in the basement. The Cappadonna sisters, in particular, were scared out of their wits, but Fup, who knew better, simply thanked Cesar for the card and asked if it wasn't time for a story.

Three years later, now, Cesar tells them, "I ran into Rose Cappadonna on a friend's front porch stoop a few weeks ago. Weirdest thing. Hadn't thought of her in years. She wanted to know did I remember the dogs that day."

You could always tell which kittens in daycare lived with dogs by their reaction to the inevitable summer pranks and puppy hazing rituals. They always knew exactly when to expect it. As the saying goes, a dog is where a secret goes to die.

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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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