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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 38

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Eventually the trunk would open, they knew, though where the car might be when it did was anybody's guess. But each of them understood that the trunk would have to open sooner or later, and when the moment came they would stay exactly where they were. Nothing mattered anymore but keeping together.

The road kept rolling underneath them. The tires complained. Penny cleaned herself incessantly. Had she always been so obsessive about grooming?

If you blocked out the noise of the tires and the music on the radio, if you ignored the whining engine and excluded the roar of cars and trucks passing and falling back on either side, if you forbade those voluminous intruders access and focused instead on your immediate surroundings, you heard only your mother lapping her fur on the one side and your sister's shallow breathing on the other.

And if you closed your eyes — this might explain why Ro had closed hers, for all Fup knew — with eyes closed you could imagine Clara's sweet breath alongside, and Bruno's raspy breathing as well. Bruno, whose every inhalation seemed filtered through a sieve of loose pebbles.

The road kept rolling underneath them. Until, finally, the car drifted to its right, slowed, and soon enough rolled to a complete stop. All three cats' eyes were wide open when one of the back seats folded down in front of them and a white sheet of daylight rushed in. Then into the trunk strutted Bruno, casual as a cat can be.

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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?
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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