Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
On along about noon, the foursome stops at the edge of a clearing to rest and
warm their bodies in the sun.
"I'd been drifting for six months," Fup admits, stretching her tired legs,
"until eventually I fell in with that crowd in Geneva."
"Geneva, Illinois," Bear clarifies. Together, he and Fup have been recounting
for Wiggums exactly how they met, many summers ago in a western suburb of Chicago.
"Kane County," Bear goes on. "We met in July, when the baseball team was away
on a long road trip. Cats from all over town began congregating beyond the outfield
"Or, when it was raining, under the grandstand," Fup remembers. "I missed my
family," she tells Wiggums, "but I had no family to go back to. Just relatives
scattered here and there." Wiggums nods.
Not for the first time on this trip, Zooey tries to conceive of a life without
friends, or a home. With each day he's able to imagine it a little more clearly,
and the developing picture scares him half to barking. Sometimes, it gets so
he wants to dig a big hole in the ground, settle in, and not stand up till Dave
comes from the city to drive him home. Other times he wonders how he'll ever
spend such long days inside the house again.
"It's always something different out here," Zooey suddenly announces. "One
thing after another. I feel like we've been walking for six months."
Bear agrees. "It seems like forever since we were with Cesar's nieces in the
pet store. I can't believe they got fired for that."
"We felt horrible when we heard," Fup admits.
Wiggums paws at the air. "Don't worry about it. They'd been wanting to quit
and move back in with Cesar for months."
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.