Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
"Let's follow a path in the sun," Bear purrs.
"There are no paths in the sun," Wiggums reminds him. "You're
in the last patch of sun we're liable to find for three days."
Up and up the fir trees go, so far beyond the leafy pockets
the ground that there's no telling where they stop. Their tops end
in the sky, is about all you can safely say.
"We could climb until we're above the tree line," Fup suggests, "but that would
be an odd thing to do, seeing as it's trees we're looking for."
"Trees you're looking for?" someone says.
Fup looks at Bear. Then Fup and Bear both look at Wiggums. An echo would be
the most natural explanation, except that they hadn't noticed an echo before.
Fup repeats herself, but a little louder this time: "Trees we're looking for."
"That's what I thought you said."
Down by the creek, Zooey begins to growl.
They search the woods around them, but it's like trying to find fish in a deep
lake, Fup realizes, staring into the tangle of leaves and branches. She notices
for the first time how loud the bird chatter has become or had she not
been listening before? She can't see a single bird for all the leaves and branches,
but suddenly birds are all she can hear.
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.