Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
Fup smells cheese. Where, though? Better to not worry about who's driving
she doesn't recognize the man behind the wheel, but Bear and Zooey seem comfortable
enough. One of them must know the guy. Focus on snacking, instead.
Behind the seats? Fup pokes her nose into the gap between cushions. That's
where it is: behind the seats. She lowers her head, wedges a paw past her ear
and tumbles through the tunnel thus created onto the cold metal floor
of the trunk. The tunnel promptly closes behind her.
Blame it on the pitch-black trunk or call it olfactory illusion whatever
Fup eats back there, it most definitely isn't cheese.
The floor rattles up and down. Something sprays at the metal beneath her. Are
they driving over gravel? So close to the city? She curls up into the belly
of a spare tire, hoping her stomach will settle.
The car stops. A door creaks open. Zooey barks. The door slams shut, and the
car starts forward again.
Her head spins. Did Bear and Zooey get out? Spinning-spinning-spinning, dark
and dizzy. Disoriented, deflated, soon enough she's desperately clawing at the
seat backs. Maybe she's making too much of this, but she's stuck in the trunk
of a moving car.
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.
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?
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.