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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 36

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Just one car over, that's as far as they would wander. Or two — two spaces was safe. But then the second space was occupied by a truck encroaching way over into the space beside it, so really there wasn't any risk in advancing one more. You could sneak from the truck to its neighbor with one speedy lurch, and so they did.

"Where are we going?" Ro asked then, three parking spaces from where they'd begun.

Penny stood under the driver's side door. "I don't know," she answered, peering across the lot toward the picnickers. Back, then; they were going back. They retraced their steps. Fup led the way, under the truck, then the first car, and into the space where Bruno had left them almost three hours ago now.

By the time Fup heard Ro shout, by the time Fup turned around, Ro had disappeared.

Penny darted out from under the car, that's all Fup saw. And the next thing Fup knew two arms cradled Penny and lifted her off the ground, out of view.

Fup hurried away from the car's fringes toward its safe center — hide, yes, hide — then changed her mind completely and went dashing into the open. She must have been three feet off the ground before she identified the clamps around her ribs as hands, human fingers, a woman's. Fup bared her claws and swiped at the air.

Up, the hands brought her, then violently down into darkness. The trunk latched and her world turned pitch-black for a few seconds before her eyes adjusted, before she saw Penny beside her. Fup sensed someone else in the trunk, and sure enough she turned to discover that Ro had been captured, too.

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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
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?
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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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