Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
A few hours up the trail, two backpackers are setting up camp for the
While the woman is busy making what appears to be a peanut butter sandwich,
Fup slinks out of the trees and settles onto an old, mossy log nearby.
Undetected still, Fup yawns dramatically.
"Honey," the woman calls quietly to her husband, "look: a cat."
A head pokes out from the tent's front flap. "A cat?"
"Quiet! You'll scare it away!"
Wiggums appears next, which makes enough sense to the campers Fup
and Wiggums look somewhat alike; and if one cat is lost in the woods, why
not two? But then Bear saunters into the clearing. "Another," the man
notices. "A Siamese."
There's hardly time to consider this latest surprise before Zooey trots
down the last bit of trail, bypassing the campers and cats entirely, and
heading straight for the woman's forgotten sandwich. But he doesn't eat it.
Instead, he sits immediately in front of it, stares at it, and lets out a
loud, impatient sigh.
"Here," the woman tells Zooey, "we can share," and she tears the sandwich
"Who takes cats hiking?" her husband asks.
Not a moment later, the horse approaches. As Joe steps off the trail,
ducking under low branches, the backpackers watch without comment. Their
cozy, makeshift campsite has suddenly become quite crowded.
"She thinks she's woken up in Narnia," Fup whispers.
Bear turns to Zooey. "Go get some wood for a campfire," he suggests, and
Zooey jogs off toward the sound of trickling water because first he
needs a drink to wash the sticky peanut butter down.
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.