Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
By the time Fup finished telling her story, the fire had long gone out of the
log. She retired to the loft of the barn with Wiggums and Bear while Zooey, who
didn't trust the rickety, makeshift stairs, slumbered below.
They woke with the rooster. Not an hour later, they were back on the trail
City living has made Fup and Bear soft; this becomes clear after just a short
while trying to keep up with Wiggums, who has kindly volunteered to escort them
to the stables nearby. Zooey, meanwhile, can't believe his luck finally
he can pick up the pace. Plus, Wiggums knows the names of all the plants and
what they taste like. Some you can eat without getting sick.
But even Zooey finds himself short of breath as the hills wind steadily up
and up. Firs reach so far into the sky that the travelers can't see the treetops
without lying on their backs. Not that anyone would actually do it, what with
the overgrown curtain of fern and ivy billowing over the ground (hiding who
knows what), and the rocks and roots crowding in on all sides. Then also there
are the countless downed trees blocking the way like bunkers, six feet up and
across, and hundreds more in length.
It's more than a little spooky when you stop to think how it will be after
sunset, without daylight, or Wiggums, who'll soon turn back toward home.
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.