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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 9

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Tired and dirty by mid-afternoon, no one has to ask whether to rest when after a long uphill stretch they come upon a river. Finally, a chance to get off their paws.

Fup sprawls across a large, flat rock. Bear approaches and without hesitation begins to clean Fup's belly and legs.

Zooey looks away. He starts to clean himself, but his heart isn't in it, so he stops licking and clears himself a bed of upturned dirt, instead. Back in the city, he considers, any minute now the mailman will approach his house and wonder where the yellow dog has gone. He moans and shuts his eyes.

Miles from the city. It's real, suddenly, this undertaking. "Where are we going to sleep tonight?" Bear wants to ask, but he holds back the question and continues to groom Fup.

Fup counts stray clouds migrating across the sky as Bear licks and licks.

When Fup was a kitten — not even a year old because this was before her family moved to the room behind the post office, when for all Fup knew of the world its edges might have been carved along the Waldo County line — Penny would on stormy nights groom the girls until they fell asleep. The soothing always knocked them out. And now Zooey has nodded off, Fup notices, recognizing his soft snore.

Bear shifts forward and starts cleaning Fup's shoulders and head; he grooms Fup's neck and, finally, her favorite, her ears, until she can't help it, why bother, she gives herself over to sleep.

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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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