Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
They follow at the horse's pace. Considering his long legs, it isn't very fast
"The sooner we get there, the sooner we go home," Joe reasons. He asks Fup,
"Walking on a trail or standing all day behind a fence, which sounds better
"Ain't no fence that can hold me in!" Bear interjects.
Fup tells Joe, "Pay no attention to him when he's like this."
They ascend single-file as the trail narrows, rising up and above a creek,
up and up. When the way finally opens to a shelf overlooking the valley, they
park themselves on the flat, grassy patch to rest.
Suddenly Wiggums shouts nothing in particular, just nonsense sounds
and his echo comes bouncing back off the hills. He explains, "They say
the first cat tribe to prosper in Oregon flourished in part because they learned
to throw their voices for miles through valleys by calling to each other when
the echoes were ripe. They were able to communicate over incredible distances
without revealing their exact whereabouts to predators."
If he'd hoped to make it home by dark and that was Wiggums's plan when
he left the farm he should have turned back an hour ago. Apropos of nothing except
this unaddressed fact, he confirms, "Joe hasn't even told us about his sister
yet. No, I'm staying with you guys as long as you're willing to have me."
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.