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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 60

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Missing Cat," the cardboard sign read. A thumbtack held it to the telephone pole above Socks's head, but none of the people passing by seemed to appreciate her predicament.

"Who's missing?" one man asked early in the day.

"I am," Socks admitted. Two months it had been since she moved with her family from Walla Walla; she hadn't once heard from her boyfriend.

"Where do you live?"

Socks pointed. "In that brown house across the street."

He considered her answer for a moment. On the sidewalk in front of the house in question, two cats (Fup and Bear) appeared to be watching. "But..." the man started to say, but instead he simply climbed back into the open door of his car and drove away.

So she started lying, pointing to one house or another when they asked — and they all asked, as if somehow a front porch or flower bed might hold the secret of her sadness — until by chance she happened to single out the home of the very woman who'd inquired, who promptly chased Socks up the pole.

That's when Fup, who'd sworn she wouldn't interfere but could no longer in good conscience stand idly by as word choice turned her niece into some kind of hooligan, carried out a new sign. The letters on this one spelled "Lonely Cat."

Socks enjoyed no end of scratching and petting for the rest of the afternoon.

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"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
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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.

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