Zsa Zsa Update

Yes, I know I take shitty pictures:


She’s a real sweetheart, and a night owl. The dogs slept through it, but I caught her on several occasions last night carousing around the bedroom while everyone else was sleeping. She was just exploring the space.

*** Update ***

One amusing anecdote- every time I go to pick up Zsa Zsa I almost launch her through the ceiling because she is only 7.7 lbs and so much lighter than what I am used to when picking up a cat. I’m used to bending at the knees and using my legs to lift when I pick up Tunch, but with this one I try the same strategy and almost launch her into the air she is so light.

55 replies
  1. 1
    gogol's wife says:

    I knew if I kept checking I’d get a Zsa Zsa picture.

    What about Tunch?*$?

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    pat says:


  3. 3
    eemom says:

    What does Sir Tunch think of the young lady?

  4. 4
    eemom says:

    we’re all mad here

  5. 5
    gogol's wife says:


    Completely and utterly out of our tiny little minds.

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    Baud says:

    She looks at home.

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    WereBear says:

    What a doll!

    We do want to know what Tunchie thinks.

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    I’m surprised night patrol is not a Rosie job. The JRT I housesat for would get up five times in the middle of the night.

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    raven says:

    She hunting shit to kill, she’s a cat.

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    JPL says:

    Tunch is on the phone with Cruz’s office reporting commie infiltration.

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    22over7 says:

    She’s a beauty.

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    quannlace says:

    Quite the long hair on that one. Between Tunch, and two dogs, I hope you’ve got a great lint filter in your dryer.

  14. 14
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Quite the long hair on that one. Between Tunch, and two dogs, I hope you’ve got a great lint filter in your dryer.

    Dueling Furminators.

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    Maude says:

    I bet when Zsa Zsa first arrived at John’s she was thinking, I was here less than 5 minutes and already I’ve been though a comb out.

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    Violet says:

    She’s so gorgeous! Look at those eyes–so bright and alert and taking in everything. What a pretty girl.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    We hear our Stewie ripping around the house every night between 2 and 5 AM. Up the stairs, down the stairs and bouncing off of everything he can bounce off of, usually dragging his candy wrapper or kabob skewer (that has the sharp tip removed). He has a thing about sticks; straws, chopsticks, skewers, pencils, pens, anything that looks like a stick has his attention.

    If you have a drink with a straw in it or are eating with chopsticks, you have to watch him because he will steal them right out from under your nose.

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    pat says:

    John, you have an absolute GIFT for taking shitty pictures. What’s your secret?

  19. 19
    Violet says:

    @pat: I think he makes a point of wiping the lens of his iPhone camera with his thumb before taking the picture. That and taking it while moving.

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    TG Chicago says:

    If Cole’s cats form a band, it should be named ZZ Tunch.

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    kooks says:

    Hey John, do you know what kind of cat Zsa Zsa is? We have a kitteh that looks EXACTLY the same, except it’s a boy. Big tufts, big attitude, and loves to be the center of attention. We think he’s a Norwegian Forest Cat, which have a pretty cool Viking history…

  22. 22
    WereBear says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: That’s a great cat name. His behavior sounds like our nutball, Tristan.

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    paradox says:

    She’s lovely, John. Best of luck and health.

    Soon it will be time for a kitten or young cat in the house, but not yet. I need a baseball game, beyotch, but otherwise I’m fine.

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    Violet says:

    I like the rings she’s got around a couple of her legs. They’re like jaunty little garters.

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    gogol's wife says:


    My tuxedo boy has those too. He always sits in such a way that the stripes match up.

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    OmerosPeanut says:

    Does this make you a Zsa Zsa Grabbor?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    If you have a drink with a straw in it or are eating with chopsticks, you have to watch him because he will steal them right out from under your nose.

    Thirty-plus years ago, when mimeography was still the cheap option for fanzine production, I lived with a big creamsicle-colored Maine-Coon-type rescue who loved to steal the Xacto knives used for correcting waxy masters. So, of course, we nicknamed him Conan the Cat-barian…

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    aimai says:

    Let me just tell you the sad tale of my two pet fish when I was a little girl. One was a guppy, the other was a Siamese Fighting fish. They were the best of friends…until one morning all that was left was a teeny tiny skeleton.

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    WereBear says:

    @Anne Laurie: Ow. That would make me nervous.

    Reverend Jim, our own Maine Coon mix, was always very good about Mr WereBear’s craft table; except his first two weeks, when he stole all six of the tiny machine guns (construction of a WWII diorama) that were drying on toothpicks.

    They all turned up later, at various points around the place, usually right before they would have been sucked up into the vacuum cleaner. Gave a real Twilight Zone vibe for a while…

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    jayboat says:

    Camera shake is not a special effect.
    You aren’t concentrating- remember your training on the range…
    think of the shutter button as a trigger, relax, breathe out…

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    Alison says:

    @TG Chicago: Jethro Tunch?

    Also, Zsa Zsa is a pretty girl :)

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    zoej says:

    Are all short haired mostly white cats, um, large? I have one that looks a lot like Tunch, especially shape wise, although she has less color. She weighs in at 18 pounds+,

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Now that’s a happy looking handsome guy! I chose the name Stewie because he has a football-shaped head and now that he has grown up he spends all of his time pretending that I am Lois and his job is to maim and/or kill me.

    So far I have only been maimed but he’s working the stairs regularly in his attempt to take me out.

    @Anne Laurie:

    He also likes to chew on titanium drill bits. He doesn’t like the regular steel bits, just the tasty titanium ones.

    We think his spaceship was made out titanium.

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    Libby says:

    She’s so Zsa Zsa. Have a feeling that girl gonna be ruling the entire house within a month.

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    Dead Ernest says:

    @TG Chicago: Thank you TG C.
    The unexpected moment of delight you created for me there is much appreciated.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @WereBear: It made us nervous — we tried to keep the knives out of his reach, but a bunch of twenty-somethings are not the most mindful. He did cut his mouth the first time — we tracked the missing knife down by following a trail of tiny blood smears — but never again. I’m sure part of the thrill was watching us freak out when we realized the knife had gone missing, again.

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    WereBear says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Now that’s a happy looking handsome guy!

    Thank you, he does have charm to burn, and loves having his picture taken. Our friends call him the William Shatner of cats.

  38. 38
    WereBear says:

    You are such a peach, John Cole, for taking in a rescue kitty.

    Proof that we can adopt, and find joy, at any age of pet.

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    1bb3 says:

    Kitties iz so cool.

    And your shitty pix are the stuff of legends. Proj on.

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    MikeJ says:


    John, you have an absolute GIFT for taking shitty pictures. What’s your secret?

    His iphone used a shutter speed of 1/15 and didn’t fire the flash. Most of his lousy pictures are from lack of light.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    John, do you think your pictures might be poor because your bratwurst fingers struggle to operate delicate electronics?

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    JoyceH says:

    She looks like my Liam, but the only white he has is a tiny patch on his chest.


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    jnfr says:

    Lovely kitty. May you have a long and happy life together.

    But we need proof-of-life for Tunch. Please.

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    WereBear says:

    @JoyceH: I love the ones with “lockets.”

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Random cat illustration is appropriate here.

    If you’d like your own little killer honored in such a fashion, please let me know. :)


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    Comrade Mary says:

    That is a gorgeous pic, but I think John is deliberately tormenting us by not telling us what Tunch thinks of Zsa Zsa.

    I still suspect they’re getting along pretty well, but John won’t show photographic evidence until there’s full-blown snorgling going on.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    I try the same strategy and almost launch her into the air she is so light.

    My brother has a cat who looks a lot like Zsa Zsa and has this same property. I’m not sure there’s an actual animal anywhere in all that hair.

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    David says:

    Cats are naturally crepuscular: most active at dusk and dawn.

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    BruceJ says:

    She looks a lot like our dear departed Domino, the Ball Peened. Pretty cat.

    Dumb as a sack of hammers, but pretty.

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    steverino says:

    My neighbor’s cat liked the little plastic frame balls with the bell in it– but only the red-and-white ones. They had to put it away each night or he would be jingling it through the apartment at all hours.

    Once the ball was stepped on and squashed: they had to buy a three-pack to get another red-and-white; the others were ignored.

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    Roger Moore says:

    Cats can have odd color preferences. My cat has a strong preference for white fur mice over gray or black ones. I wonder if there’s some kind of visibility issue.

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    tisalaska says:

    Come on Cole…break down and throw the barbie camera and at least get a phone with a real camera…the lady deserves better than this.

  53. 53
    Rosie Outlook says:

    My iPhone takes better pictures than a real camera. I was quite impressed.

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    brettvk says:

    Wowser — I just googled the Gabor sisters to see if any are still with us, and according to Wikipedia Zsa Zsa is still around. She just had a birthday (Feb 6, 1917).

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    Opie_jeanne says:

    @brettvk: she’s 96? Wow.

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