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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 32

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"Sad, sad, sad," an unforgiving beaver interrupts. "But what's it got to do with our dam? Your dog destroyed our dam!"

"We're sorry about the dam," Fup reiterates, "but we can't go back and undo the damage, so I'm not sure exactly what you'd like us to do. Please, if there's a way we can repay you, tell us."

The beavers caucus. As their conversation becomes heated, Fup looks to her friends to shed some light on the situation. Zooey feels horrible, of course; he's ready to accept whatever punishment is necessary. The trouble is that he can't imagine what that punishment might be. If it's just a matter of gathering sticks and downed branches, he'd be happy to oblige.

They wait. The sun slips behind the western ridge, and they wait some more. As daylight drains from the evening sky, the birds in the forest begin to perk up. Their chatter spreads through the forest, and still the beavers argue among themselves.

Eventually, a beaver steps apart from the circle of conversation, raises his head, and sniffs the air. Another beaver follows. Zooey tries to catch the scent they're tracking, but it's no use. "All I smell is big, brown rodents," he says. The birds are practically screeching now.

"Fup," a voice suddenly calls from somewhere in the thick canopy of needles and cones above, "you're here. You made it."

The beavers cease their jabbering immediately and turn together toward a towering conifer forty feet from the river's bank.

"Yes," Fup mumbles. "But how..."

"A hawk listened to your story at the campfire," the fir explains. "We've been wondering when you'd reach us."

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Fup's Picks

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
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.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: 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?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.

 

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