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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 22

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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In the roadside rest area where Warren parked for the night, diesel engines growled, and each time a car entered the lot, its headlights punctured the mail truck's windows; one and the other filled Fup's sleep with nightmares of angry dogs and botched street crossings, until finally she gave up on rest.

The postmaster, at least, seemed better for the sleep. Not long after dawn, he woke, started the engine, and joined the highway again. Fup recounts for the campers now, "Each time we passed a township sign, Mr. Warren would announce the name of the place aloud: 'Bridgeport, Connecticut: five-digit zip, such and such.' Always the city and its zip code. 'Elizabeth, New Jersey: something-something-something-something-something.'"

Zooey says, "So you always knew where you were."

"But you didn't know where you were going," one of the campers, the woman, adds. "Why didn't your mom and dad just tell you?"

"Because they didn't know either," Fup explains. "But that became obvious soon enough."

At least Ro and Clara had recovered from the motion sickness that bothered them the day before. But the three sisters were tired of driving. They'd had enough of the truck's close quarters and its cold metal surfaces. Their ears ached with the engine's ceaseless whine. They wanted out.

The postmaster announced, "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 19103." The truck slowed to a halt. Odd, because they'd only a short while prior stopped for gas. Warren collected some of his belongings from the passenger's side and the shelves in back. He refilled the cats' food bowl and changed their litter box. Then he stepped outside, locking the door behind him. The cats climbed up on the dashboard, five in a row squeezed against the windshield, and watched him carry his suitcase into a hotel.

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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
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"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
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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?
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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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