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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 4

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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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.

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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.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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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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