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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 15

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"All winter we watched packages come and go, divining their histories from postmarks," Fup continues after a good night's sleep and a long, languorous morning in the barn. (As Bear and Zooey agreed earlier, "It's nice to have nowhere to be but where we already are, for a change.")

Fup says, "A big trunk covered with bumper stickers would come off the mail truck and we'd track its route on the map displayed under glass on the front counter, sticker to sticker, city to town. Or when we saw our aunt's name stamped on a package, we'd shout, 'Orono!' Always, our mother would insist, 'My sister is in Ohio.' She'd paw the postmark, which of course clearly read, 'Orono, MAINE.'

"Weeks passed. The snow banks got so big we couldn't see out the front windows without first climbing up on the counter, so we spent a lot of time looking at that map.

"Each morning we honed our hunting skills by catching mice in the root cellar. In the evening, our father would tell us, 'In Texas, cats hunt fish that walk on land,' and he'd point to Texas. He'd stand in the Midwest and announce, 'Here, where these two rivers meet, cats hunt frogs bigger than Old Man Dyer's schnauzer.'

"Then one afternoon the packages came off the mail truck, and as we sometimes did we followed Penny and Bruno in among the boxes still on board. It never occurred to my sisters and me that we'd be leaving in it. We had no idea that our parents had been plotting the escape all winter, much less why."

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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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