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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 55

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Suddenly all their reference points had slipped. Since the news, throughout alleys and parks around the world, on front porch steps and in great open fields, cats have been gathering in unprecedented numbers to talk and to wonder. To speculate about the future. To be together.

Rumors persist that Calicos have been sitting on cloning technology for years; that this is in fact only the first revelation and it will soon be established that Calico scientists have also developed an energy supplement so powerful as to bring dogs to their mercy. Norwegian Forest Cats, meanwhile, have refused to address repeated inquiries regarding several large facilities deep in the Scandinavian woods.

Patches insists it's not true, the part about the Calicos, anyway — as if Fup or Bear or even Ro suspects her, a Calico, of plotting this. Ro's been in town only two weeks and even she clearly sees that Patches couldn't plot so much as a joke.

"I've never known a Norwegian Forest Cat," Bear says, "but I think if I had to subsist on one breed's cuisine, it would be theirs. Dairy, fish, and waffles. I could eat that every day and be happy."

Fup shakes her head. Lately it seems she's always shaking her head and thinking about her age.

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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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