No One Escapes the Cole Borg

Last night, after 24 hours, I knocked down the gate into the spare bedroom that was housing Zsa Zsa. There were no incidents all day, and I spent sometime in there working on the Mac, giving her ample time to walk across my keyboard and be all lovey-dovey. Tonight, she came into the hallway and was looking exploratory, so I picked her up and brought her into the living room with me:


Rosie stared intently until she could get her sniffs in, Lily got hers in, and then… they ignored her.

I’m no dog whisperer or cat whisperer, but I swear my sedentary lifestyle and zen like qualities (lots of food and love for everyone!) are unrivaled when it comes to bring new beasts in the house.

Zsa Zsa is going to fit right in.

52 replies
  1. 1
    Doug Woodard says:

    What about Tunch? What did Fatboy have to say about the interloper?

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    Steeplejack says:

    Rosie’s laser eyes are hilarious.

    ETA: I miss the rollover text humor.

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    danielx says:

    Those dog laser eyes may indicate displeasure to be expressed at some point in the near future.

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    sb says:

    That picture made me jump a little bit.

    Looks like the pets are getting along quite well. :)

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    Yutsano says:


    Lily just looks mildly curious. She probably thinks it’s just another house guest.

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    khead says:

    Uh, the dog’s eyes are glowing like in the Village of the Damned.

    You are in deep shit, John.

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    Genine says:

    How is Tunch adjusting?

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    West of the Cascades says:

    I foresee several “oh shit, Tunch has started clawing all the furniture and peeing to mark his territory” posts in your future …

    also re: Steeplejack @ 2 — in Firefox, if I mouse over the photo, the file name and attendant humor appears in the lower left of my screen. No humor on this one, though, just descriptive.

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    Stan says:

    Best wishes for the new member of the Cole family/menagerie. They may civilize you yet!

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    maya says:

    ZZ appears to be unruffled by the dogs. That’s the main thing. Since she’s female and Tunch is, whatever HE is, there should be no problem.
    I once brought home a big fat male black cat, on trial basis, and after letting him out of the cage he immediately went into the bedroom and laid down next to one of the dogs on her bed. She didn’t mind. He didn’t work out – way too docile. Needed a mouser.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    I suspect Tunch has implanted a microchip in her brain and a Tony Stark type power generator in to Rosie to exact his revenge for the cat tower.

    You’re doomed Cole!

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    Citizen_X says:

    Rosie is transmitting the message: TUNCH IS OUR MASTER…YOU WILL OBEY TUNCH…TUNCH IS OUR MASTER.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @West of the Cascades:

    I believe only the file name appears in the status line. Have never seen mouse-over text there.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Someone else said this first in another thread, but I think you’ll have smooth sailing for about a week until it finally sinks in that this one is actually going to stay and is not just another temporary visitor.

    That may be when the fur starts to fly (figuratively speaking, one hopes). So stay vigilant!

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    Violet says:

    That picture is awesome. Everyone’s personalities are evident. Glad it’s working out so well. How’s Tunch taking the new addition?

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    General Stuck says:

    From our believe it or not files.

    Gunn invites gun companies to move to Mississippi

    No Shit. Swear to gawd

    “We need more businesses to establish home base in Mississippi,” Gunn said. “We can provide these companies with an educated workforce, a superior quality of life, an evolving education system for their children, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing we support their industry.”

    Happiness is a warm gun in Old Dixie.

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    maya says:


    That may be when the fur starts to fly (figuratively speaking, one hopes). So stay vigilant!

    What’s more likely to happen, if any animosity arises in the Great White Tunch’s head, will be found under John’s bed. Cats will show their displeasure to a newcomer by shitting where you live.

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    i see you’ve outfitted Lily with laser eyes. nice.

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    and by “lily” i meant “rosie.” all white people’s dogs look the same. ::shrug::

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    Steeplejack says:

    Test. FYWP is blog-blocking me for some reason.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Under the bed is if John’s lucky. My brother’s crochety cat used to pee ON his bed. He had to cover it with a tarp while he was at work. (The bed, not the cat.)

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    Ash Can says:

    I’m assuming Tunch is in your closet, apportioning bodily wastes into all of your shoes.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @West of the Cascades: oh yeah, me too. It’s good the doggies are adjusting to ZZ but their territory isn’t being threatened in quite the same way as his Tunchness’ territory is. Still, hopefully the Zen of Cole will paper over the cracks a bit

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @General Stuck: Do companies really relocate to Mississippi for its educated workforce?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL):

    It’s extra funny because you’re one of the few people here who has actually met John’s dogs in person.

  26. 26
    mclaren says:

    Cole, you do realize that Lily looks like a demonically-possessed creature straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that picture, don’t you?

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    General Stuck says:


    Do companies really relocate to Mississippi for its educated workforce?

    My educated guess would be no. The ones that do venture there most likely do because they can pretty much escape paying much state income tax, because the poor are expected to carry that mule. Same in Alabami.

    And even that is not enough to lure many corps to maybe the most backward state in the cough cough Union.

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    jl says:

    @mclaren: I think ol’ laser beam possessed demon eyes is Rosie, and looks like she is in her usual mode.

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    johio says:

    @General Stuck: why do I suspect that the education system in Mississippi and the word “evolving” don’t go together?

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Why didn’t he just close the bedroom door?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Studio apartment — no bedroom door to close.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Jeebus, those are some scary eyes -pew pew pew indeed?!

    Are you sure Rosie’s not one a them sharks with the laser beams attached to they heads?

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    Beauzeaux says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL): That is fucking hilarious.

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    koalaholik says:

    @Mnemosyne: One of my cats pooped right in the middle of my mom’s bed after she yelled at him. He made his point and has not done it again.

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    Dave says:

    Well, I do love the pets, I’m really liking your home theater set up. Is that a Monster circuitry filter I see? Post more pics of your setup. Please?

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    MaryRC says:

    I don’t usually get all emo but that picture reminded me of how scared and alone Rosie and Lily were when they met you, with no way of knowing that they’d have years ahead of them with lots to eat, friends to play with and evenings on dad’s lap watching TV. And now this little girl. You’re a good guy, Cole.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Had a friend crashing on a futon, many years ago, who awoke shrieking when the little black bat-eared Siamese cross kitten started nibbling on his neck in the middle of the night.

    Asmo got exiled to the bathroom for the rest of the night. Jon was sitting on the futon having a cup of tea when I released the prisoner, who promptly leapt into Jon’s lap, let out a long string of meezer obscenities, and peed all over Jon.

    Never mess with a meezer-cross, they are smart & vindictive & will leave a huge hole in your heart (also, probably, your furniture).

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    opie_jeanne says:

    Love the laser-beam eyes.

    In my house, my 5-month-old kitten has established a play pattern with the huge black panther tuxedo cat who is visiting. He sings to her, she stalks him and chases him around the furniture upstairs until he darts down to the landing, then she watches him from the second floor ala Ceiling Cat until he comes back to the top of the stairs. She also swats his butt when he’s running away from her, but I don’t think she’s serious. Not too much hissing and we have caught them sniffing each other’s noses.

    The large yak-like female cat is still not friendly but so far we’ve had no bloodshed but they did shut off the power cord for my computer while we were out today. The Yak would prefer to be an only child and barely tolerates Henry so we are not expecting her to warm up to Annie, our baby. They go home on the 28th, just 6 more days of strange bumps in the night and Large Things walking on my kitchen and bathroom countertops, but if we can manage a truce or even a friendship between ours and Henry (tuxedo/panther) then we can go on vacation when she’s older and leave her at their house without fear of too much bloodshed.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Anne Laurie: We had the most beautiful flame point Siamese cat for three years, and he did all of that: tore up our furniture where lesser cats had never managed to damage it, and left a huge hole in our hearts when we lost him. Stupid cat went way out of his way to find a car to run over him and God, I do miss him still.

    Joe, with our ex-son-in-law, also named Joe:

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    Luci says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL): I LOVE that line. Nice comeback ABL.

    This is the best thread since forever. Schadenfreude is all well and good… and I’m not knocking it, as it keeps me going, but kittehs and puppehs are awesome. Also… I too like to remember how those two dogs were when they first came and how they are now. John… you are awesome too. Rescue pets are the most wonderful things. I hope the peace keeps up, but whatever… if you survived Rosie’s entry into the family, Zsa Zsa’s will be fine too. I want her by the way. ;)

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Awwww, Lady Fluffy Pantaloons is fitting right in with the Cole household. But, where the hell is Tunchie?!?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Mnemosyne: That cat would not have lasted at the Paul in KY household.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @opie_jeanne: Adult cats will usually give kittens alot of slack.

    Best wishes on assimilating them.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @opie_jeanne: Cannot see photo. It is ‘private’.

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    gogol's wife says:

    This is going the way my pet introductions have usually gone. Granted, I’ve never had dogs. But my cats have always just grumbled a little bit and then sucked it up. Some of them get along better with each other than others, but there have been no major disasters. I hope it continues to go smoothly. And Tunch may actually enjoy the company.

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    Jay C says:

    Rosie stared intently

    Ya think?? It looks as if she’d turn the wattage up just a bit, you’ll be looking at estimates for a LOT of drywall work: if not worse…

    Who did Rosie belong to before you got her? Cyclops from “X-Men”??

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    rikyrah says:

    never fails.

    some animal creeps me out at your house. the glow in the dark eyes

    glad Zsa Zsa is fitting in

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Paul in KY: It’s fixed now. I forgot it was set to private when the divorce started.

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    JustRuss says:

    Count me among those eagerly waiting for Tunch to, ahem, weigh in re Zsa Zsa.

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    @JustRuss: I see what you did there. I am eagerly awaiting Tunch’s reaction.

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    brantl says:

    I am reminded of a Roger Zelazny book title, “The Lamps of His Eyes The Doors of His Mouth”, with Rosie’s beacon eyes there.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @opie_jeanne: He was a beautiful cat. Thanks for sharing pic.

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