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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 2

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Treats for sitting and treats for staying. Zooey gets treats for offering his paw (Dave calls it shaking), for sitting up on hind legs, and for playing dead. Treats for bringing in the paper without tearing its plastic baggie and for delivering slippers upon request; for stopping at street corners and waiting on storefront curbs; for catching, for bathing, and for barking (though only once, only on command, and only with just cause). Treats for staying off the new couch (an insipid rule, but not worth fighting so long as the futon remains across the room), for being nice to children, and for greeting pretty women at the park. Treats, too, for staying out of the neighbors' flower-bed. Sometimes he gets treats for what seems like no reason at all.

Treats throughout the day and always a full bowl of water to wash them down. Then each day dinner served promptly at seven.

"Cats rarely return from these trips," the Doberman has warned Zooey. "They're not like you and me. They're roamers by nature. Eventually they fall in with other cats and never see their old neighborhood again."

Fup was born in Maine, Zooey knows. And she must have moved to Toledo for a while because that's where she first lived in a store — a shoe store. No shortage of roaming, one could argue. But the Doberman is always mouthing off about cats, so who's to believe him?

The forest is not so far. How far can the forest be? You can see it from the top of Mount Tabor (when the valley between isn't soupy with clouds).

But all those treats — and dinner served promptly at seven!

"We'll be back before you know it," Fup insists. "Me, you, and Bear, just out to the forest and back."

Zooey has never left home overnight.

"We need you," Bear adds, "to blaze trails through the woods — you love to blaze trails — and to befriend dogs along the way."

How far can the forest be? Zooey makes three.

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