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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 43

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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The cat across the street shouts, "You guys going to the park at all today?"

The cats on this side exchange glances, feigning deliberation.

"Cesar doesn't want to drive the kittens wild with lust," Fup answers.

The cat across the street shakes his head as if to rid his ears of debris — did he hear properly? Meanwhile, Cesar smiles at the idea of himself in some glittery collar, perhaps with slicked-back hair, the Casanova of Sewallcrest Park.

Despite Bear's repeated glances skyward, Cesar takes no notice of the blue jay above him in the branches of the great oak.

Ten minutes later (but what seems like a thousand worlds away), back in room 106, Miss Anbinder explains to Sarah that she should have "left that story out on the playground, where it belongs."

"But the bird was just joking," Sarah insists, "he didn't mean for it to land on Cesar, and it wouldn't have either if Cesar hadn't suddenly decided to waltz."

"Enough!"

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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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