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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 6

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"I thought by the time the trunk opened I'd be in Montana," Fup tells the rapt crowd gathered after closing: ten kittens in the aisle, behind whom on shelves sit puppies in cages and, to the right, toward the front of the pet store, dozens of young birds. "I clawed at the back seat for miles," Fup continues, "until eventually I decided to let go, to just sit perfectly still and let the car move me." She gives the kids a moment to think about stillness.

"With my eyes closed I could imagine myself floating above the ground. I fell into a trance, from fear or peace I don't know, but when the trunk finally opened and I leapt out there stood Bear and Zooey beside me. And we were here at the mall."

"What's Montana?" twitter the parakeets.

"Debit or credit?!" the parrot shouts. "Debit or credit?!"

"Ignore him," Cesar's niece assures Fup. "He always has to be the center of attention."

"Tell us the story you're bringing to the trees," an American Shorthair pleads, "the one about your parents." She's never been allowed out of the cubicle this late. She wants more than anything to stay up all night.

The dogs begin to perk up, wagging their tails. Across the room, fish gather at the front edges of their tanks, floating near the top of the water, keeping quiet and straining to hear.

"Debit or credit?! Debit or credit?!" the parrot repeats, and Cesar's other niece runs off to shush him.

Fup starts: "My parents met in the woods, in Maine, during an ice storm that knocked out power across six counties for a week. Dad's legs were nearly frostbitten when Mom heard his coughing under the shed and went out with her brother to investigate. They found my father shivering in a hole he'd dug in the dirt."

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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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