RIP, Tunch, the Best Cat Ever

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I am barely keeping it together as I write this, but Tunch was just killed a half hour ago by one of my sister’s dog. My brother was watching her and came to my house and I yelled that I didn’t want her in the house with Tunch, so he put her out back, and we heard nothing at all, but then Kiwi had blood on her face and Seth went out back and came around and broke the news. He tried to hold me back because I wouldn’t want to see it, but I had to. It looks like he died instantly with a snapped neck. I picked him up, held him for a while and had a good cry.

I got his favorite blanket and buried him in the backyard. I’m heartbroken and can not stop crying and think I need a good drunk and to just be left alone.

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I love you little buddy. I can’t stop sobbing. I have no idea how I am going to sleep without you next to my head purring. How am I supposed to work without you weaving in between my legs and meowing. Damnit to hell.

And if you would, please make a donation to MARC in Tunch’s name. Tunch’s visage saved a lot of pet lives already, so let’s save a few more.

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1037 replies
  1. 1
    Justin says:

    Oh God, I’m so, so sorry.

  2. 2
    jeffreyw says:

    Oh damn, We are so sorry.

  3. 3
    sparky says:

    Ugh. Sorry for you to have to endure this, John.

    This is a low day for the BJ community. Damn.

  4. 4
    Bob says:

    No words. I’m all misty. Good luck.

  5. 5

    I can’t believe it. I’m so sorry, friend.

  6. 6
    PeakVT says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that. RIP, Tunch.

  7. 7
    esc says:

    I am so sorry. That’s awful.

  8. 8

    Damn it to hell!!!! :-(

  9. 9
    tthhhhhppppttt says:

    I’m so sorry John.

  10. 10
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Just terrible.

  11. 11
    sweaver says:

    I’m so sorry. I feel like crying as well. Anybody who knows you knows how much you love your pets, John. Rest in peace, Tunch.

  12. 12
    kwAwk says:

    I’m really sorry to hear this man. Losing a pet just sucks.

  13. 13
    Mnemosyne says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry, John.

    ETA: G only reads the front page, but he sends his condolences, too.

  14. 14
    trollhattan says:

    No, no, no!!

    Good god, I’m so very sorry,

    Damn, I’m going to miss that guy.

    Again, so very sorry for you.

  15. 15
    Doc Sportello says:

    So sorry. Words fail.

  16. 16

    There aren’t words. I’m so sad and sorry for your loss.

    WF

  17. 17
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    Oh Geez, John, I don’t know what to say. That’s just…I’m sorry.

  18. 18
    FoxinSocks says:

    I’m so, so sorry. My deepest condolences.

  19. 19
    Liquid says:

    Fuck. So sorry John.

  20. 20
    Bill in Portland Maine says:

    Big big big condolences, John. Tunch indeed was the best cat ever. By a mile. Goddammit.

  21. 21
    danimal says:

    So sorry for your loss. Correction: So sorry for our loss. Tunch was a genuine icon; his memory will endure.

  22. 22
    The Bobs says:

    I can’t believe this could have happened. I’m so sorry for you John. The internet will mourn.

  23. 23
    under_score says:

    Delurking to offer condolences. Words can’t adequately convey my feelings. So sorry.

  24. 24
    Dolly Llama says:

    God damn it. I don’t know what else to say except what everyone else has said, John. I am so sorry. Fuck.

  25. 25
    Jake Olbert says:

    Oh John, I’m so, so sorry. There’s nothing else I can say.

  26. 26
    asiangrrlMN says:

    Oh my god! No! I’m so so so sorry, Cole. This is awful. RIP Tunch.

  27. 27
    RosiesDad says:

    So sorry John. You are a better man for his having had you.

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    lol chikinburd says:

    I’m so sorry.

  29. 29
    PAC Man says:

    It’s a testament to Tunch, John, and this community that I really do feel like I lost a pet of my own today.

  30. 30
    Stan Baker says:

    Joining the chorus. Our hearts are breaking.

  31. 31

    That’s so horrible. Oh John, we’re so sorry for your loss — which is also our loss.

  32. 32
    El Tiburon says:

    Fuck me running. Was just contemplating how much longer my 16 year old cat will be around.

    I know how bad it feels Cole. I’m not ashamed to admit how hard it will be when my Allie Cat passes. I will be a mess for a while.

    Sorry Cole.
    Fuck fuck fuck.

  33. 33
    maya says:

    Having lost 3 really great male kitties by ways unfathomable to the mind I do empathize with your grief and loss. I still miss them all. (My female cats somehow live to ripe old ages.) My condolences to you John. It won’t get better any time soon but at some point it will. ease to fond memories. We’ll all miss that slightly big boned BJ mascat.RIP Tunch.

  34. 34
    Scott S. says:

    Oh my god, I’m so sorry. So many condolences. He was really such a pretty cat, and I loved seeing pix of him. So many condolences. :(

  35. 35
    sherifffruitfy says:

    RIP kitty. :'(

  36. 36
    22over7 says:

    Oh, John, that’s terrible. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I know the BJ community mourns, as I do.

  37. 37
    Tara the Antisocial Social Worker says:

    OMG. I thought we were done with awful news for the day. So sorry John.

  38. 38
    karen says:

    NOOO!!!!!

  39. 39
    Princess Leia says:

    So, so sad for you John- just lots of tears for you and lots of love. RIP, you beautiful big fat flooffy boy.

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    Shinobi says:

    Oh Tunch, I don’t know if it helps to know that a lot of other people will be grieving him too. So sad.

    He was lucky to have such a wonderful loving owner who spoiled him rotten, let alone a phalanx of internet fans.

    I’m so sorry. I know from experience how hard it can be to deal with the fact that our pets are animals, and not just cute fuzzy things that we love, in a really tragic way. I have no real words of comfort, it’s just really really hard. And I hope everyone can find peace with each other and in their own hearts.

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    Loneoak says:

    Fuck. Thanks for sharing him with us over the years. He was a good friend to us all.

  42. 42
    cbob says:

    Fuck fuck fuck. I am so sorry John.

  43. 43
    scuffletuffle says:

    I have no words but to say how very sorry I am. What a horrible, horrific awful thing to have to go through, for you and for Tunchie. Cherish the memories as best you can.

  44. 44
    lojasmo says:

    Jesus Christ. That is just fucking terrible. I’m so very sorry, John.

  45. 45
    b1narys3rf says:

    NONONONONONO!!!!!

    John, I am so sorry. How awful for you…I’m speechless. I’ve been reading your blog for years and our dear furry catitudinal mascot is gone…I can’t imagine your pain right now.

    This just sucks…we’re grieving with you. :-(

  46. 46
    muddy says:

    Oh I’m so so sorry. He was such a fine figure of a cat and seemed like he could rule the world if he had a mind to. It’s so hard to lose such a wonderful friend, I’m so so sorry John.

  47. 47
    Comrade Mary says:

    NO NO NO! Oh God, John, I’m so sorry. There’s been too much goddamn death lately, and — fuck, no, not Tunch. Fuck.

  48. 48
    Jewish Steel says:

    Holy fucking shit! That is just awful. I am so sorry.

    I’m glad it was quick.

  49. 49
    Dream On says:

    Oh my God – I am so profoundly sorry.

  50. 50
    gwangung says:

    Aw, man. That so, so, so sucks. Very sorry to hear that, John.

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    MP says:

    I am so sorry.

  52. 52

    Oh, John. I am so sorry. We all loved Tunch too.

  53. 53
    Gin & Tonic says:

    That’s awful. My condolences.

  54. 54
    donnah says:

    Oh, no. I don’t know what to say.

    Tunch was iconic and truly a unique cat. Having loved and lost many cats over the years, I know the horrible pain you feel when they go.

    I’m so very sorry.

  55. 55
    radon says:

    So, so sorry. This is terrible.

  56. 56
    taylormattd says:

    So sorry John

    :(

  57. 57
    aimai says:

    John I am so, so, sorry. This is heartbreaking news.

  58. 58
    Drunken hausfrau says:

    So very sorry. No words really. Just sorrow.

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    Brian S says:

    So sorry to hear this John. Such a terrible loss.

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    tams says:

    i’m so so so sorry, cole! my heart is literally broken for you. bp and i love you and wish there was something we could do. big tears coming out of the whitacre/patterson eyes!

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    AndyG says:

    I’m so sorry John…. What a terrible shock. Tunch was part of the glue that held this blog together, and he has a place in many of our hearts. I will raise a glass to Ol’ Tuna Breath tonight, and you are very much in my thoughts

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    Alison says:

    Oh my God!!! John, I am so so sorry :( :( :(

    Rest in peace, Tunchie :( :(

  63. 63
    MissMimi says:

    Oh no. I have no words. I am so very sorry, John. Your love for your pets always jumps off the screen. My deepest condolences.

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    Mike E says:

    Words. Fail.

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    Ken T says:

    So sorry to read this. I know words aren’t adequate, but they’re all I can offer. My condolences.

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    Baud says:

    Really sad day. I’m so sorry.

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    Bob says:

    The dogie pictures were always great, but Tunch, what a dude!!!!!!!

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    MikeJ says:

    I hate to see him gone, but in a way having his fiestiness snuffed all at once rather than through a slow wasting disease seems fitting. It just should have happened another ten years on.

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    Yatsuno says:

    NOOOOO!!!! That is horrible!!! I am so sorry John.

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    lurker dean says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    Stillwater says:

    That sucks John. Really sucks. Hang in there the best you can. Fucking pets!

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    Rome Again says:

    I’m so sorry John. I’m sitting in tears here. I never laid eyes on that cat, but I feel like I knew him so well. :( We are so very sorry for your loss.

    RIP Tunch!

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    angelfoot says:

    So terribly sad.

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    TooManyJens says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    I’m so sorry, John. May Tunch’s warrior spirit support you & yours as you mourn.

    Gonna go give my fuzzies some extra attention, in his memory.

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    Emerald says:

    Oh no no no! Tunchy!

    Oh John, I’m so sorry. I know what it feels like to lose a beloved kitteh, but I’ve never lost one like that.

    Now we have two good spirits hovering over Balloon Juice.

    At least it was quick. Tunch!

  77. 77
    MGB says:

    De-lurking to say…I have no words. I’m sorry, he will be missed.

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    xane says:

    So, so, so very sorry, JC. May the loving energy of the universe come to you as you need. Peaceful purrs to you, Tunch, and namaste to all.

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    Narcissus says:

    I am so sorry John.

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    koalaholik says:

    I am so very sorry. There are no words. He was such a magnificent cat.

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    bulworth says:

    So sorry to hear, John. So sad.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Heartbreaking news John. What a huge loss to you.

    Damn, I need a drink.

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    gnomedad says:

    Tunch was as much a part of this community as anyone. Just shocking. So sorry, John. Donation on its way.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Tunch was the mascot of BJ, a companion of John, my condolences. You are better man than me John because I would kick the shit out of the brother, as for the dog….You are a better man than me, if I lost my favorite pet because of another pet owned by somebody else……

  85. 85
    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    So very sorry John, RIP Tunch.

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    cbear says:

    Aw, FUCK. FUCK, FUCK!
    I am so sorry, John.
    Goddammit to hell.
    FUCK!!!!

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    KarlRover says:

    I’m really sorry. The loss of a pet is a heavy blow.

    Best wishes. And don’t take any asswad comments seriously.

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    Chris H says:

    I’m so sorry John! Tunch had one of the best personalities of any cat I’ve ever met or heard of. He brightened many a day for my wife and I when you would post a funny story or photo. We’re thinking of you!

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    So sorry, John.

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    John,

    I can’t give a donation (I wish I could), but I can tell you how much my heart goes out to you right now. I know what this suffering is like. Words cannot help, but still, I am so so incredibly, terribly sorry, John. I hope you believe me when I say I know how you feel.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    Fuck. I’m crying here.

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    Deech56 says:

    John, I’m so sorry. Tunch was my favorite pet I’d never met.

  93. 93
    Paul Richardson says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry.

  94. 94
    Skerry says:

    I am so very sorry. He was a well-loved cat. I know you will miss him greatly

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    Shrillhouse says:

    I’m just heartbroken.

  96. 96

    What horrible news. I am so sorry. Peace, Tunch.

  97. 97
    daveX99 says:

    oh god – so sorry, john.

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    Paul Richardson says:

    Oh no. I’m so sorry.

  99. 99
    Angela says:

    Oh John, I can’t imagine losing a beloved pet in this way. This sucks. If you lived close, I would already be making something to drop by your house.

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    Genine says:

    Oh, my god! This is so fucked up. I’m so sorry, John. I have no words. This is so sad. I can only imagine how you feel.
    Take time to heal and know that you are surrounded by people who love you.

  101. 101
    cmdono says:

    I’ve only lurked for years, but I needed to post. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Unabogie says:

    Fuck, that just sucks, John. I rarely post here, but I loved your fat cat from afar.

    **

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    IowaOldLady says:

    Oh, John. I am so sorry.

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    Kevin says:

    So sorry John.

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    paradox says:

    I am so terribly sorry about this, John.

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    Kim Sullivan says:

    I can barely see to type this, I am crying so hard. Please know how many of us are hurting for you. I am so sorry, John.

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    JoyfulA says:

    I’m crying, and I never even met the guy. I guess I’m still in mourning for my feline sidekicks.

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    Another Bot Splainer says:

    So very sorry, Tunch was an awesome kitty.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Oh no oh no oh no. Oh my god, I am so sorry, John. I feel as though I’ve lost someone very dear and close to me. How I loved that big floofy cat. RIP Tunch.

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    realbtl says:

    Well, shit. Just well, shit. $50 off to MARC.

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    Deepest condolences John. I haven’t had a post hit me like that since Drum lost Inkblot. Again my deepest sympathies.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    John, this news hits like Tunch…like a ton of bricks.

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of this longtime companion.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Ah, man, this is awful. Loved your posts about the regal Tunch over the years, John. So sorry for your loss.

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    JWL says:

    I was forced to put my little companion of 18 years just a few weeks ago, John.

    I’m really, really sorry about your loss.

    I couldn’t see it through the pain for a few days, but friends were right– she did enjoy a great life. As surely as did Tunch, and that fact will soon help assuage your grief.

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    RSR says:

    So very, very sorry to hear about Tunch, John. Just terrible news.

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    Dammit all to hell. So sorry, John. There are no words… May the Prophets grant you comfort.

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    michelle says:

    :(
    poor little guy
    poor you

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    ruemara says:

    I can’t wrap my head around this. I’m so sorry, John. RIP Tunch.

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    gelfling545 says:

    Oh, dear Jesus. I am so sorry. I even don’t know what to say.

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    ChrisNBama says:

    I read your Tweet, John, and immediately read the story on your blog. Even though I tweeted my condolences, I wanted to add my two cents on your blog as well. I’m a huge animal lover. I don’t like people much, but boy, I sure do love animals and I really felt a connection to Tunch with his skeptical, half-lidded eyes. Your love for him was evident in all of your many posts. I’ll never forget when you first moved into your new home and Tunch got out, how you roved the whole neighborhood looking for him and then shared how grateful you were when you got him back. It was a moving story and certainly one that anyone who has a beloved pet can relate to. I wish you the best as you move through the healing process. Be well!

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    Donna says:

    Oh god, John. I am so very, very sorry.

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    glasgowtremontaine says:

    Rebecca & I are sorely grieved for you & alongside. We knew Tunch was mortal, but nonetheless his death feels profoundly wrong. We salute Tunch’s persona weaving its way throughout this blog’s lifetime, and you for providing him such grand care & companionship, as well as curating his chronicles. Mostly though we just feel really sad right now.

    Thanks for providing the link to Marc. It’s good to feel like there’s something we can do, even when there kinda isn’t. Please take very good care of yourself.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Fuck no. That Tubby bastard’s picture always brings a smile to my face, remembering my own fat, flabby white bundle of piss and vinegar. He made my oldest son laugh when John posted a video of Tunch rolling around for the camera. If anyone can find a link to a Tunch video, it would be appreciated. I just love that cat, even though I never got to bury my cheek in his blubber or make a fat joke in person.

    Fuck this week. It sucks.

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    chauncey1186 says:

    My heart breaks for you. John. I’m hugging my own furry friends a little closer this evening.

    RIP Tunch.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Damn. I have no idea what to say. There’s been so much to grieve over at Balloon Juice today. And now this. We’re all mourning with you.

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    Karen c says:

    I have never commented here, but read daily. I am so, so, so sorry. What a completely shitty thing to happen!

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    cthulhu says:

    Oh wow. That’s terrible. Heartfelt condolences your way…

    We had a similar thing happen several years ago which additionally involved a very ghoulish call from a production assistant from the Dog Whisperer show. It still makes me angry.

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    B Bigelow says:

    Very very sad for you, so awful. Same thing happened to my sister’s old, wonderful irreplaceable cat. The pain is unbearable. All best wishes.

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    BMAC says:

    John – never posted before that I can remember but I’ve been reading the blog and lurking for years. I’m in tears. RIP, Tunch.

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    Quicksand says:

    Oh man, I’m so sorry.

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    Emerald says:

    This is the saddest day on Balloon Juice ever.

    John, I can’t donate to MARC now, but in a few months I’ll have an income and I will not forget. I’ll send $$$ in honor of both Tunch and Stuck, who also loved animals.

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    Johannes says:

    John, we’re so very sorry. La Caterina and I will donate inTunch’s memory,and please know how much we feel for you.

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    Helen says:

    I am so, so sorry.

    I am not a cat person. Never was. People here talk about their pets and I’m, like, yeah that’s cute, but whatever. And here I sit bawling my eyes out. How the hell is that possible?

    So very sorry.

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    Keith G says:

    Oh jeeze I am so fucking sorry. There are no words to take away such anguish. Such a dark week.

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    Randinho says:

    Simply awful, John. I aam so very, very, very sorry for your loss.

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    Hal says:

    Wow. I’m stunned. Poor kitty.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    Nothing is worse, John. I am so sorry.

    My father, not the most gentle or sentimental of souls, said the following when I had to put my cat down. I knew he was thinking about his old dog, passed on at that point, when he said it. It has stuck with me.

    “There are some things in life which leave a black mark on your heart. This is one of them. Those don’t go away. You’re going to have to just plow through it as best you can because there is no remedy.”

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    Ed in NJ says:

    So sorry, John. It’s been 9 months since my beloved dog died suddenly, and it still hurts. I wish you the solace of all the good memories and knowing how much this community shares your grief.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    I feel like I have lost a friend myself. Just horrible. So very, very sad and sorry.

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    Violet says:

    Oh, no. John, I’m so, so, so sorry. How terrible. So sad for you and your family.

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    Sarah in Brooklyn says:

    Oh god, John. I’m so sorry. What a tragedy. I’ll be thinking about you constantly.

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    RobertDSC-Power Mac G4 Dual 1.25 says:

    My condolences, John. Tunch was indeed the best cat ever.

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    VodkaGoGo says:

    That is just fucked up. I’m really sorry John.

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    Susanne says:

    John, I’m so sorry. You’re not the only one crying. As it turns out, I loved him too. I’m so sorry.

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    sacrablue says:

    Oh, this is just too sad. Tunch truly was a special boy. John, be good to yourself and hug your sweet little girls.

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    LAC says:

    John, I am so sorry. My heart is breaking for you. We have our kitty Deuce and it is amazing how you get attached to a sweet cat. Hang in there.

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    mai naem says:

    Oh, god, John. I am so so sorry. It’s obvious how much you loved Tunch. I am at a loss for words.

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    Mike Goomba says:

    I am so sorry to hear about you’re cat. I have lost an animal recently due to cancer as it spread throughout his body. And then he went blind. I know your pain please keep care of yourself. And hopefully you can get through these tough days

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    Oh God, John, this is just awful. I’m so sorry for your loss

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    Jacquie says:

    Another lurker de-lurking to say “Fuck” and share condolences. The premature loss of a beloved friend is agonizing. Tunch had a lot of fans and followers and he will be missed. Off to MARC to donate.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    As a lifelong cat butler, I feel your pain. I lost my favorite cat ever last fall. Tunch was an integral part of this community, and we will mourn with you.

    I hope you can forgive in time; the emotions that you must be feeling will be difficult to absorb.

    Stuck, and now Tunch. Fuck.

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    Big R says:

    I feel like poo now. I go to pet my kitties because of reasons after I read this, and what do they do? They both bite me and go and hide.

    But just like you, John, I will bawl when I lose them. Because just like Tunch for you, they’re my children, with their own wants and personalities. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight.

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    Bmaccnm says:

    Oh shit. I just came in from tending the garden planted over the best dog who ever lived. I don’t have words. I am so sorry, so honestly heart sorry for you. I know there’s nothing we can do to ease this for you, but understand we’re all with you in grief.

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    I’ve been feeling incredibly blue all day, just inexplicably sad. Oh God, this is such heartbreaking news. I’ve never met you, John, but I’ve always felt we’d be great friends, bonding over our mutual love of animals in about three nanoseconds. I wish I could rush over and mix those drinks for you and hug you and try to do the mother thing and say that it will get easier in time even though it feels as though it won’t and be there as a friend and do and say all the things that help a tiny bit, if not a lot, in times like this.

    Please know you are very much loved, and your pain is the pain of many friends and admirers, as you can see here. My boys send their love too, and their condolences. They’ve enjoyed reading about Tunch since I discovered BJ years ago. What a dark, tragic day it is. I am so sorry, just so sorry.

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    LT says:

    Fuck me, John, too fucking much. I am so sorry. Nothing more I can say…

    ADD: I am thining of your sis, too, and your brother… Too hard. Thinking of you all.

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    Wally says:

    So sad and so sorry. My Tunch-like orange tiger used to visit him on the screen every so often.

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    Josie says:

    So sorry, John. I know how much this hurts. No way to make it better but to let time pass.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Oh, no no no no NO. Damn. And … and nothing.

    John, you — and Tunch himself — created a Bigger Than Life Cat who seemed to have touched all of us.

    Everyone who’s ever loved a pet, or loved ANYONE, knows something of what you’re going through. But just barely: He was yours, you were his. RIP, and peace to you, too.

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    Moe Gamble says:

    I am so sorry, John.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    My condolences on your loss. My friend has lost a cat under similar circumstaces (dog attack).

    You gave him a life that he probably wouldn’t have had-be proud of that.

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    Mike R. says:

    John, so very sorry. Tunch was a huge part of the Balloon Juice family, actually I think he’ll always be a part of the family. My thoughts are with you.

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    Disgruntled Lurker says:

    I had forgotten that there was actually such a thing as bursting out in tears until just now.

    I’m so sorry.

    Tunch is OK. But I know you are hurting.

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    Nola78 says:

    Sorry to read about this. Our short furry housemates do so much so often. You are a champion for pets. I am sad for you and this loss to you.

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    bystander says:

    Ugh. So awful on so many levels. Horrible for you. Catastrophic for Tunch. But 85-kinds of not-good for your bother and sister, too, I imagine. I have one of those not-cat-safe dogs. Vigilance becomes your second name, when you know it would only take seconds. I’m incredibly sorry for you all. Tragic.

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    Nola78 says:

    Sorry to read about this. Our short furry housemates do so much so often. You are a champion for pets. I am sad for you and this loss to you.

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    Furklempt says:

    Oh my god. I am so, so sorry.

    That is just absolute shit.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    I don’t know what’s worse: knowing Tunch is gone or understanding how much pain John is in right now.

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    Ben says:

    Fuck. So sorry to hear this John. I’ll be giving Bandit an extra big hug for you on behalf of Tunch. Hope you and the dogs are doing alright.

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    Scott Alloway says:

    I am sick at heart over this. Rest well, Tunch. You will not be soon forgotten. And you were loved like no cat I have ever know. Damn, this just hits me hard.

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    CaseyL says:

    Oh, John, what awful, awful news. I am so, so sorry.

    I hardly know what to say.

    Thank you for sharing him with us all this time. Thank you for the stories, the photos, the laughs and the Tunchlore. He was a remarkable fellow, a fitting icon for this blog and community.

    Hurts almost as much as losing one of my own.

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    wmd says:

    Condolences. be careful with drinking tonight, maybe have a friend there to make sure you get some water in you between drinks.

    Life is going to feel wrong for a while. Lily should know how to help you. Let her.

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    Warren Terra says:

    Simply terrible news. I’m sorry for your loss.

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    Denali says:

    I am so sorry, John.

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    elisabeth says:

    Aw, FUCK. FUCK, FUCK!
    I am so sorry, John.
    Goddammit to hell.
    FUCK!!!!

    x2

    I can’t wait to get home and hug my kitties T-I-G-H-T.

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    David Goodison says:

    There’s not much to say except that I am so very, very sorry. What a great cat he was. You were lucky to have him, just as he was lucky to have you. But he has gone way too soon.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    I can’t think anything to say that hasn’t been said, but I am so sorry for your loss.

    I’ve lost pets to old age and illness, and I can only imagine how it feels to lose one to such a tragic accident.

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    donovong says:

    Oh my god, John, I am so sorry. Just so, so sorry.

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    John, I am so very, very sorry……. I can’t imagine your pain…
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Tunch.
    Thank you so much for sending donations our/MARC’s way in memory of Tunch. We will honor him in our rescue work. Sue

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    Karen C says:

    Another lurker coming out of hiding to say how very very sorry I am. What a terrible, senseless, shitty thing to happen.

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    john says:

    I’m really sorry to hear about Tunch. I feel like I’ve known him and will miss him. I know how rotten it felt when I lost my dog a couple of years ago and it seems like you were much closer to the big guy. Condolences and if you should need anything you should just ask. I think I speak for moor than just me in that.

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    pika says:

    There are no words. Our hearts are breaking, and we are so sorry.

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    PaulW says:

    You loved and were loved by Tunch. All the regrets are ours.

    I’m gonna go hug my cat for the next 24 hours now.

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    skrelnek says:

    Delurking to express my shock, horror, and sadness. This is just so terrible. John, if all of us can see how truly remarkable Tunch was just through your pictures and stories, he must have been one in a billion in real life. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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    Fair Economist says:

    I’m sorry this happened to you and him. It’s really hard to lose someone you love. Tunch stories have provided all of us with a lot of fun over the years and I know he meant a lot to you.

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    Matt B. says:

    So, so sorry.

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    Emerald says:

    @Bill Hicks: That is a tasteless, heartless comment.

    Go away.

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    Tina says:

    I am so, so , so sorry to hear of your loss..I cried as well as I read it..very hard to lose someone, let alone to lose them that way..I hope your heart will heal..although the pain is fresh, that you will be able to get another cat.

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    bemused says:

    I just read the header and my stomach lurched. Heartbreaking news.

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    ET says:

    Well damn. I lost my cat a few months ago and love cats vicariously because I just can’t get another yet. Will miss the Tunch-a-tude.

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    utterdregs says:

    I’m so, so sorry, John.

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    Caliph Garrett says:

    I’m sorry, John.

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    Matt B. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Keep strong, Join.

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    Lavandula says:

    I can’t believe it–I am so sorry. We are all with you, even my 9yo who only knows Tunch from my Obey coffee mug. I hope you and the girls are OK.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Bill Hicks:

    Christ, what an asshole. Go fuck yourself.

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    bemused says:

    @Bill Hicks:

    What’s wrong with you!

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    katienorth says:

    deepest condolences Cole. I’m so sorry you had to lose Tunch like this. He was an amazing cat & brought a lot of joy to countless humans, as do you with your blog. I’m so, so sorry.

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    Bort says:

    Sorry to hear that. RIP Tunch.

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    Shell says:

    I’m so sorry. I’ve been a lurker here for a long time and I’ve always loved the pictures you posted of Tunch. He had so much personality. RIP Tunch.

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    Royston Vasey says:

    So sad to hear about your loss, John.
    Tunch is such an integral part of BJ.
    Hard to quantify your loss.

    RV in NZ

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    Jenner7 says:

    So sorry Mr. Cole. I’ve followed you and your precious animals for awhile now and I’m sitting here like a baby, crying. My thoughts are with you tonight…

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    fuzed says:

    sorry to hear. condolences

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    fuzed says:

    sorry to hear. condolences

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    MomSense says:

    Oh, John I am so very sorry. I wish I had the right words to say to you–but I know that this is just heartbreaking and so shocking.

    Keeping you in my thoughts and sending you a big hug.

    Thank you for sharing him with all of us, for loving him, and for being such a steadfast advocate for pets and the people who love them.

    Damn, I am just so so sorry.

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    taylormattd says:

    @Bill Hicks: Fuck off

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    SIA says:

    Oh no no no. Just no. Oh God I’m so sorry. Too much.

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    Bighorn Ordovician Dolomite says:

    Oh my. I am terribly, terribly sorry for yiur loss. As somebody who can’t have pets oh his own, I lived vicariouly through your experiences.

    I don’t know if I have a point, but I am terribly sad to hear this.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @bemused: There wasn’t a thread about him. Let’s not help him make it that way. May his sleep be haunted by giant cats.

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    Keith says:

    Damn, this is horrible, horrible news. I know how much you loved that cat (as does everyone else here). I am actually angry right now over this, because of how it happened (and it’s happened to me twice in the last 3 years due to neighbors). I hope at some point down the line you’re able to bring yourself to get another cat (either a rescue or a kitten), even though Tunch can never be replaced; cats around the house are good for the soul.

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    satby says:

    Oh John. Sorry just isn’t enough. Tunch has left a huge legacy for a cat by being the inspiration for so many more rescues. I hope some day you get some comfort from that. But today we cry with you.

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    RedKitten says:

    I can’t even believe it. There was something about Tunch that made one believe that he’d never die. This is just so horrible…my heart breaks for you, John.

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    Batocchio says:

    What?!? That’s horrible. Condolences.

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    Luthe says:

    My first comment on opening the front page and seeing that header was “Oh, FUCK.”

    Sorry for you loss, John. We’re all going to miss that huge ball of fat floof.

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    Oh, damn. I am so terribly sorry, John. I know that for you this is like losing an Army buddy. You have my deepest, deepest condolences.

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    tulip says:

    John, I’m so sorry.

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    Narcissus says:

    @Emerald: @A Ghost To Most: @bemused: Let’s not let this thread become about a Troll when it’s about Tunch.

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    Bruce Partington says:

    I’m so sorry for you. Your love for Tunch came through with every post.

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    Jacel says:

    It’s a gut punch to me just hearing about this. In a flash I’m thinking of all that you wrote through the years in the course of introducing the two dogs into your life, and the care, caution, and respect you took for Tunch’s well being at every stage. I trust your “keep that dog away” concern was well founded on knowing what can’t be taken for granted casually between animals.

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    Princess Leia says:

    @Bill Hicks: Fuck you.

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    jayjaybear says:

    I’m so sorry, John. I’ve seriously been sitting here for the last five minutes with my hand over my mouth in shock after reading this. I’m just so sorry. I’m going to miss reading about that feline mountain.

    Don’t cheat your grief. Don’t let anyone suggest that “he was only a cat”. He was a friend and a family member. And he’ll be remembered by an awful lot of people because you shared pictures of him and stories about him to the Juicerati for years.

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    Scott Alloway says:

    @Bill Hicks: You are one pathetic, sad excuse for a human being. I won’t tell you to go away; that only dignifies you. But all will know you by your words.

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    John Cole says:

    I just can’t believe he is dead. I just picked up tuna for his saturday night treat. An hour before he died I was on the back porch drinking ice water and enjoying the view, and Tunch was rolling around on his back letting me “pet” his big belly with my feet. I’m just sick to my stomache.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @CaseyL: I done messed up. I made the reservation in the name of Balloon Juice. I shoulda made it in the name of Tunch. Dammit.

    @Bill Hicks: Do me a favour: please go find a fire, then kindly die in it. Thank you.

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    p.a. says:

    Goddamnit. So so sorry. I’m single and my job involves travel, so no pets, except vicariously through you and WereBear. Shit

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    Timmeh says:

    Damn John that’s suk.

    I need to go hug my kitty right now… a lot.

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh my God. John, I am so sorry.

    There are tears in Arizona for Tunch tonight, too. You’re in my heart, John.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Neil Diamond.

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    Miz Conception says:

    I am so sorry, John.

    RIP Tunch.

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    Marc says:

    Sorry to hear that John. I’ve had cats run over by cars and it’s a terrible feeling. I’m sure that the family folks feel pretty crappy about it too. Don’t be hard on them if you can avoid it.

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    driftglass says:

    So sorry, John.

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    K488 says:

    Just came in and saw the post. My heartfelt condolences, John.

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    bart says:

    Marc is where you took the dog probably.. in the name of tunch

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    Max (from long ago) says:

    Tears in my eyes as I read this. I am looking at my two dogs laying at my feet and can’t imagine your grief.

    Lily and Rosie will help you get thru this if you let them.

    So very sorry.

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    wmd says:

    I suspect the troll post and responses will disappear soon. In the meantime let the filter feed the troll pie.

    And seriously, be careful with the alcohol tonight. You’ve got an open emotional wound and it can be very hard to know when to stop self medicating when you hurt like this.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @Yatsuno: I’m sure they’ll know that it’s for Tunch. Especially when they see all the Tunch donations coming in too.

    Edit: or were you talking about the meetup? Never mind, carry on.

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    bemused says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    You’re right, of course. No point in reacting to folks who just get off on adding to others’ pain.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    This is awful. I am so sorry for your loss, Cole. I have lost cats to old age, but I can’t even imagine this.

    Rest in peace, Tunch.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    There are no words. I’m so, so sorry, Tunch was a very special cat and I know that there is nothing that can be said to make this more bearable, just know that a lot people are grieving with you.

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    jackmac says:

    John,

    So sorry to hear this, so painful for you. Hang in there.

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    Voncey says:

    Oh god, so so sorry. Everybody hug their pets tonight.

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    Emerald says:

    @Narcissus: You’re right.

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    jnfr says:

    Oh no, no, no. This can’t be.

    John, I am so sorry.

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    Wally Ballou says:

    @Bill Hicks: You’re a fucking piece of shit. Have a lousy day.

    Absolutely heartsick to read about this, John. Know that all your non-fucking-piece-of-shit readers are grieving with you today.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Oh damn.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @John Cole: I have a friend whose longtime cat got killed the same way (a dog she was fostering, no less.)

    Tragedy for both you and her. I donated $20 to MARC.

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    Darkrose says:

    Oh John.

    Oh, Tunch.

    I can’t…I’m so, so sorry.

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    kgc16 says:

    God, John, I’m just so sorry. I can’t believe it. Tunch was supposed to be here for a long, long time. So sorry.

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    A Lee says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. ♥

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    JPL says:

    OMG John, my heart just breaks for you and I’m so sorry. We are all shedding tears for Tunch tonight.

    Please take care of yourself. We all love you and would hug you if we could. .

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    Luna Sea says:

    Oh no oh no oh no. So beyond sorry. May you find comfort in the love of your sweet little girls.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Good Lord, John. My Condolences, and what a horrible way to go for Tunch. He was like the soul of the blog, big, fat, fluffy and a bit irascible like you.

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    CaseyL says:

    $ sent to MARC in remembrance of Tunch.

    I read your tweets, how you never would have adopted Lily or Rosie if it weren’t for Tunch. He opened your heart, and that’s an even better legacy than the donations.

    Sending you viritual hugs and a shoulder to cry on, because I know your heart is breaking now.

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    Chat Noir says:

    I am SO sorry, John. Just checked in to see what was happening and I see this sad post. I loved to read about Tunch and see his adorable pictures on Balloon Juice. I don’t know what to say except I am sorry.

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    Royston Vasey says:

    TBogg has a Tunch thread up.

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    SectionH says:

    Crying… I am so very sorry for your loss.

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    litlrbritdifrnt says:

    I have no words John I lost my beloved Lari in her own driveway to a Pittbull and I easy gutted. I would suggest drinking and crying yourself to sleep tonight. I cannot believe i am crying over the loss of a cat I never met. Hugs

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    Jeff Spender says:

    Very sorry to hear about this, John. I was reminded of my sheepdog, Lizzy, who died in a car accident a few years back.

    It’s still tough to think about.

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    ryanayr says:

    Condolences! this is terrible news

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    eemom says:

    I can’t stand this. Second time in three days my heart has been broken here.

    Love you, John Cole.

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    Cacti says:

    Deepest condolences to you Cole.

    Losing a beloved pet hurts like hell.

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    cbear says:

    @John Cole: There are no words, John–there are simply no words. I’m crying for you, brother.

    Peace, somehow, peace.

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    stinkwrinkle says:

    RIP, big fuzzball.

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    Bourne Freeh says:

    John,

    I’m so very sad to hear this – there are no words. I grieve with you. May flights of angels sing your boy to his rest.

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    eric says:

    @John Cole: John, we loved not just tunch, but we love you….for what you say about yourself and what you do for your animals and for how your heart is there for all of us. tears for you and for tunch. the rawness will fade, the memories wont. Bless you.

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    Kowbelle says:

    Very sad news. Donation made to MARC.

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    freelancer says:

    Cole, I’m sorry.

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    bigfatdrunk says:

    Heartbroken, John. Our deepest condolences.

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    Percysowner says:

    I’m so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a cat you loved. My thoughts are with you.

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    ColeDBiers says:

    Tunch was great, but he couldn’t have done it without you.
    You provided the environment for a Tunch type cat to thrive.

    And in your own good time you will open up a new environment up to a new cat lucky enough to have the opportunity to hopefully be the best cat it can be.

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    vogon pundit says:

    I am so sorry to hear this! He was like a muse around here.

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    Barb says:

    Oh no! I’m soooo sorry John. What a beautiful cat. The same thing happened two days ago to my neighbors cat, killed by her neighbors dog. She’s devastated too.

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    Msskwesq says:

    There are not words to express how sad and sorry I am about your loss of your precious Tunch. We all loved that beautiful kitty and enjoyed hearing of his exploits. I can only imagine the heartbreak you feel. ;'(

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    cat48 says:

    RIP Tunch, a great cat. I’m so very sorry, John.

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    MJ says:

    Oh John,
    I’m so sorry to here about old Tunchie. My heartfelt condolences. RIP little buddy.

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    BenjaminJB says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    taylormattd says:

    @John Cole: I know you are inclined to get a nice drunk on alone right now, but I really recommend letting a friend or two join you.

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    catperson says:

    This is so terrible. My condolences, John. Tunch was lucky to have you and I feel very lucky to have had a window on his life. I’ll miss the pictures and the stories. RIP, Tunch.

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    rikyrah says:

    OH COLE

    I’m so sorry.

    I’m not a pet person, but even I could tell how much you loved Tunch.

    Oh, I’m so sorry.

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    Elizabelle says:

    John, I am so sorry.

    Tunch had a good life with you.

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    Emerald says:

    I have spoken to Emerald (the actual name of my real cat), and told her to send kitteh vibes to Tunch to tell him how much he is loved. I believe she is doing it.

    You will have other kittehs and other pets, John, but there really never will be another Tunch. He occupies his own, very large, space of Tunchy goodness that will not diminish.

    He loved you and will always be with you, just as my amazing little Belle kitteh is still with me, a dozen years later.

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    MrSnrub says:

    Sorry for your loss. I loved Tunch like he was one of my own.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Bill Hicks: Since you’re recycling the name of a dead comedian it’s not the last bit surprising that the invective twords you is coming fast and furious.

    By responding to you, I am breaking the cardinal rule of dealing with the heedless and those possessed by the Commanding Self:

    The answer to a fool is silence.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Just… terrible. So sorry Cole. Tunch will sorely be missed.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Helen:
    You feel this way because Tunch was a friend more than a pet. And we all feel that way because even though we never met him, we knew him. Like Stuck he was part of our lives.

    John, sorry for your loss. You loved that cat, and no one can ask for more.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @taylormattd: +10

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    RedKitten says:

    @John Cole: I know…it’s such an awful shock. :-(

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    Caliph Garrett says:

    We had to put down Halia, our rescue cat, two summers ago. We didn’t find her; she found us. We had just moved into our house in Humboldt Park about 8 years ago, and I was doing some yard work when she wandered into the front yard and immediately started to ingratiate herself to me: rubbing up against my leg, purring effusively. She was obviously very pregnant and had a broken and infected tail, so my wife and I took her inside and made her comfortable in the laundry room while we took off to the store to get some things a pregnant cat might need.

    When we returned, she had already given birth to her litter.

    We kept two of the kittens, and they’re still with us. They don’t much like me, but they love the kids—that’s what matters, right? For the next several years, my wife and I did catch and release for the neighborhood feral cats, and there were quite a lot of them.

    I feel really bad for you John, but your love for animals will win out.

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    jlowery says:

    My heartfelt condolences, John. Tunch was a great cat, and what feels like an indispensable part of this blog.

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    Olivia says:

    I am so sorry. Tunch was a beautiful cat and a wonderful pet.

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    Diane says:

    There are no words best suited for this time but please know you and he are in my thoughts and I am sending so many hugs and healing to you at this unbelievably difficult time! Hold on to all the memories and love! Your friends will be by your side!

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    quannlace says:

    Oh John, I am so so sorry. Fucking Hell!

    We’re all crying with you, Honey.

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    jrg says:

    So sorry to hear. I imagine one day you will be ready, and provide a good home for another cat that needs it. Know you provided him with a happy life, which is the best gift you could give.

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    Dteller says:

    I have never posted here before. I am so sorry to hear about Tunch. I have loved getting to know him over the last two years.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @taylormattd: That is excellent advice.

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    ColeDBiers says:

    @Bill Hicks: As a rule, kicking someone in the nuts is just flat out wrong.
    You are the exception to that rule.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Donation made to MARC “In memory of Tunch Cole”.

    I am so sorry, John.

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    Cacti says:

    Also too, Cole, as often as I give you crap about this or that in the comments, your kindness to animals has always spoken highly to your character.

    Peace to you in your time of sorrow.

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    Brighid says:

    John I am so fucking sorry. My deepest sympathies. It’s so hard. I hope you can find peace.

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    El Cid says:

    I feel like I knew the cat. I’m truly sorry.

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    SusanG says:

    So very, very sad. I’ve watched for years your wonderful relationship with your animals, John, and my heart is breaking for you.

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    Rabble Arouser says:

    Damn, Cole. My condolences. I don’t know what else to say. Hold them other fur kids of yours close, man. Damn.

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    kc says:

    Oh god. I am so so sorry.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    First thought was “dammit that’s not funny!” and saw that it was for real. I don’t know what to say, man, I’m so sorry. I’ve lost two cats in the last five years or so, but they were sick and I was prepared. I can’t imagine dealing with it that suddenly. Give Lily and Rosie lots of love — as if anyone would have to tell you to.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Our second cat was a large bushy ginger that was killed by a neighbor’s van. He refused to drive slowly down on our small residential road. He rolled down his window and said “I’m sorry about that.” I said, “Keep driving like that and you’re sure to get a kid one day.” We moved shortly thereafter.

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    gbear says:

    Oh shit. I am so sad to read this. I don’t know what else to say.

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    Bendal says:

    So sorry for your loss, John. I’ve buried 4 cats over the last 25+ years, all of them from illness when we had time to say goodbye. To have one as beloved as Tunch taken from you suddenly and without warning must be devastating.

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    Obliterati says:

    Damn. John, my deepest condolences.

    Here’s to Tunch, the best owner a pet ever had.

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    planetjanet says:

    I am shocked and sadden. Sending all my love to you and Tunch.

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    Nina-the-first says:

    Oh, oh, I am so deeply sorry. Beloved animal, such a bond with Tunch, JC. Such a legacy and inspiration to care for so many animals, so many rescues. Right now, to MARC, for your Tunch.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Jesus fucking christ, this is terrible. I feel so so bad.

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    Jack Canuck says:

    Goddamn, I’m so sorry to hear that John. That’s just awful. Don’t know what else to say really.

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    TBogg says:

    Fuck. I just don’t even know what to say. This is just heartrending….

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    I’m so so sorry, John. :-(

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    qwerty42 says:

    So very, very sorry to hear this John. No words beyond that.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    May his memory be for us as a blessing.

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    JPL says:

    ???? When I donated to Marc, I didn’t see a way to put the donation in Tunch’s name..

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    Poopyman says:

    Oh. My. God.
    I am so so so sorry. I just got here. Haven’t read comments, but I don’t know what to say except I am heartbroken.

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    Adam says:

    Holy shit. I’m so sorry.

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    snabby says:

    I am so sorry.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Oh good god.

    Been a busy day and just now getting online and just saw this. After the whole Stuck thing I thought it had to be some kind of joke or something…

    John, I’m truly sorry to hear about Tunch. I hope we can at least say that he was loved by thousands of people.

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    the Buhjaysus says:

    Terrible.

    All the best to you John Cole.

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    TrishB says:

    My words truly fail. I am so, so sorry.

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    Quarks says:

    Oh, no. John, I’m so sorry. Tunch is going to be much missed.

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    The Sheriff's A Ni- says:

    I can’t believe it. I really can’t.

    I’m sorry, John. We’ll all miss him.

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    John R says:

    Holy crap! I’m so sorry to hear that. RIP Tunch

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Your brother and sister probably feel even worse than you.

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    sharl says:

    Awful. My condolences, JG. You were a fine servant to that big ol’ cat, from beginning to end.
    Farewell, Tunch.

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    justdale says:

    Terrible news. So sorry John.

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    TCG says:

    Oh God, I am so sorry. This is so sad. Such a terrible death.

    R.I.P. sweet kitty. Poor John.

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    Jeff(the other one) says:

    Soo sorry. There are no words. this sucks.

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    Lavocat says:

    So sorry, John. The Great and Powerful Tunch was mortal after all.

    Don’t go blaming yourself for this. Shit happens and, unfortunately, it happened to Tunch.

    Get drunk and plow through your grief.

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    boss bitch says:

    :( I’m so sorry john. oh man. This is not right at all.

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    JPL says:

    John, Your posts have saved so many animals and the donations to Marc will save more.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I am terribly, terribly sorry.

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    Kineslaw says:

    So sorry, John. I know how much Tunch meant to you. And to all of us.

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    currants says:

    What a heartache–I am so, so sorry, John.

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    ChrisNYC says:

    So sorry John. That’s really awful. Take care with yourself.

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    JoyousMN says:

    John, I am SO sorry to read this. I know how much he meant to you. I loved your posts about Tunch, many of them were what kept me coming back many years ago. My heart goes out to you.

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    replicnt6 says:

    Oh, shitfuckgoddamn, that sucks so goddamn fucking much. I’m so sorry.

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    mtmofo says:

    It broke my heart to open the BJ and see this horrible news.

    My deep, deep condolences to you John.

    RIP Tunch

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    currants says:

    @JPL: (It’s on the last page, where you have an opportunity to give ‘instructions’ to the recipient, on the left near the top.)

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    B Lehmann says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Tunch was well loved.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @JPL:

    There was a box for special instructions, I believe. That’s where I put it.

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    fasteddie9318 says:

    Words truly cannot express how sorry I am, John. Tunch was a wonderful cat who touched a lot of people through your writing.

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    Treble Bass says:

    All condolences in the loss of your friend; I hope the euthanization of the unnecessarily vicious dog is painless and humanitarian.

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    John Weiss says:

    I am so sorry John. I lost my exalted kitty a month ago and I still tear up. Gods bless.

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    Voncey says:

    I cried a little on my doggie’s neck after reading the news then donated $20 to MARC in memory of Tunch.

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    Big R says:

    @Davis X. Machina: Zichrono livracha indeed.

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    LightsOut says:

    Oh fuck. I’m sorry John. I’m just a lurker, but I loved Tunch—such a beautiful cat.

    Just remember that we all die, but not all of us have a happy, comfortable life filled with love. He did. Because of you.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: Oh, John. My heart breaks for you. Be kind to yourself.

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    Anthony says:

    So sorry.

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    geg6 says:

    OMG, I’m so sorry, John. I’m in tears. Poor Tunch! I love you, John Cole, and I can’t tell you how much I’m grieving with you. Oh Jeebus, I’m so sorry!

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    raven says:

    I’ve shed many a tear for dogs but this is the first for a cat. I’m so sorry John.

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    Judy in SD says:

    Sorry that you have lost your beloved Tunch. Hopefully the tears we all shed in our shared grief will be in some small way a comfort to you.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I know how much you loved Tunch, it came through so strongly. I loved him too, just from his pictures. He always reminded me of my dear departed Fred, who had exactly the same coloring, and who was an incredible soul.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Meet-up details one thread down. I couldn’t put them here.

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    daize says:

    Oh, no. No, no, no, no. Fuck. So very sorry, John. How heartbreaking. Just so damn sorry for your loss of the beautiful Tunch. We know how much you loved him, and he was beloved by so many of us here in the BJ community.

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    Treble Bass says:

    Condolences on your loss; I hope the unnecessarily aggressive dog is put down in a painless and humanitarian fashion. He doesn’t deserve to suffer, but he’s too vicious to live.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    Oh, no. I’m so sorry, John.

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    JKC says:

    This sucks. Deepest condolences, John. May you find some peace in the coming days.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Yatsuno:

    Please have a toast to Tunch for all of us who can’t be there.

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    JaneE says:

    I am so sorry.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Random thought: when our Natasha cat died, G made an iPhoto book with the pictures he’d taken of her since she had adopted him (she was my cat first, but when we started dating, she fell in love with G and vice versa). It helped.

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    grishaxxx says:

    My heart sank, too, when I saw that header – for Tunch [“His Largeness” in my personal pantheon of hero web pets] and for you, John, who told us the love story that raised him so far above the ordinary kitty. I hope he will always be the emblem of the BJ family – tough mug, heart o’ gold, tummy o’ tuna (like my own Panther…) – we are all bereft with you.

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    Violet says:

    Donated $20 in Tunch’s name. I hope it helps some needy dog or cat.

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    Older says:

    This is just so wrong.

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    Pete says:

    So terribly sorry!

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    elspi says:

    RIP kitty

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    Beldar says:

    I just can’t believe it. I am so very sorry for your loss, John.

    Your posts about Tunch have always been a welcome respite from talk about all the crazy and terrible things that were going on. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.

    We’ll miss that sweet fat beautiful cat.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    Aw, fuck. So sorry to hear it.

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    NR says:

    RIP Tunch.

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    Doug Milhous J says:

    @taylormattd:

    I agree.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @A Ghost To Most: There will be two toasts tonight: one for the General and one for His Lord and Tunchness. The King is dead, long live the King.

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    You Don't Say says:

    I’m so sorry. Anyone who read your postings about Tunch felt like they knew him too. That’s a credit to both you and Tunch.

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    emeraldcitybadger says:

    Just another lurker checking in with my condolences. So very sorry. He was such a beautiful boy.

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    casswriter says:

    My heart is broken!

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    5x5 says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss.

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    electricgrendel says:

    oh my god. I am so sorry to read this. How horrible. :( I am so very very sorry for your loss.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    Izzy says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My partner and I send our deepest condolences. We’ve made a donation in Tunch’s memory.

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    Liberty60 says:

    I need to go give my pets a hug. RIP, Tunch. You will be sorely missed.

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    Mino says:

    Horrible news. So sorry to read this.

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    Perfect Tommy says:

    Sorry John. Tunch will be missed.

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    Peregrinus says:

    I am so sorry, John. May he rest in peace.

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    Chet Manly says:

    Shit. So sorry for your loss, John.

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    Suzanne says:

    Musing on Tunch and Stuck, and I am reflecting on how this blog is awesome because all of the commenters and FPers are such awesome people. We argue about all kinds of dumb shit, but are unified in our love and respect for each other, and the furry members of our community, too. I hope you find some comfort in this, John, even if it’s not tonight.

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    Sarah says:

    Another lurker. Been reading for years, have never commented – but ye gods, I am so, so sorry.

    You and Tunch have impacted more people than you’ll ever know.

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    BettyPageisaBlonde says:

    Oh man, oh man, oh man. I’m so sorry. I’m crying over here. I’m so very sorry. RIP Tunch, you were awesome and you took amazing care of your dad. Damn.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Fuck, fuck, fuck. I can’t even….there are no words.

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    Marcelo says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, John. As an owner of two great cats I love more than anything, I can’t even imagine going through what you’re going through. My wife and I remember how fondly you spoke of Tunch when we met in Austin, and my wife, even though she never reads the blog (I do read her the Tunch/Lily/Rosie stories from time to time), is crying for you right now, as am I.

    This is just awful. I’m so so so so sorry. Sending you our deepest sympathies from the Lone Star State. Tunch was very much a King of All Cats, and he will be missed over here.

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    wiscomom says:

    So sorry, John. There are no words.

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    Jean says:

    @John Cole: Although I haven’t commented in a long time, I read BJ every day. I always loved the pix and stories about Tunch. He was a welcome relief from the politics of the day, a relief from the latest outrage. Tunch was like the co-host of BJ in the way you wrote about him. I can’t imagine losing one of my pets this way! I know it happens, but such a horror! So sorry to hear it.

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    I sure hate this being the reason to de-lurk. There just are no words. You have my deepest sympathies, John. How very, very sad.

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    maye says:

    Heartbreaking.
    And it’s so much worse when it happens so suddenly and violently.
    I had a similar experience with two small dogs.
    I’m not a cat person, but reading about your love for Tunch always made me smile.
    Be kind to yourself during this time of grief.
    Goodbye Tunch. You leave behind a whole community of admirers.

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    Porco rosso says:

    Damn this sucks.

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    Steve J. says:

    John,

    I’m really sorry this happened.

    Steve Jandreau

    PS – Just donated to MARC

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice Since 1937 says:

    Will always love you both. Peace,man.

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    Mary G says:

    I never met him, but felt like I knew him. What a great cat he was. You have sustained a huge loss. I have had other cats, but there will never be one like my Sophie (pictured on all my avatars). I still call my new cats by her name when I am not thinking and am happy with them. She was the one. Tunch was yours.

    I made a donation of $50, which is all I can do on my Social Security disability/lazy people’s welfare. I wish it could be more.

    So, so sorry, John.

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    AliceBlue says:

    Oh God, John, I’m so sorry. Tunch will be remembered with love by so many.

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    Linkmeister says:

    Oh hell. John, I am so so sorry.

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    Porco rosso says:

    Damn this sucks. Sorry to hear that Tunch is gone.

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    Elly says:

    John – words can’t convey how sorry we are.

    We have two Tunch mugs from the BJ store – “OBEY” and “DIAF” (I always try to snag the “OBEY” mug for my morning coffee – it’s totally my favorite). We’ve all enjoyed your Tunch posts – the love showed through even cranky posts like “Asshole Cat is an Asshole.”

    I know what it’s like to lose that ONE cat – who’s truly one-in-a-million… so I can imagine what you’re going through right now.

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    CynicalBrit says:

    So sorry. I know what I would feel if it was one of my babies.

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    nic danger says:

    R.I.P Tunch,you will be missed.John you have my deepest sympathies.

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    Tata says:

    This cannot fucking be! So sorry, John. My heart goes out to you. I’m going to miss that fuzzy guy.

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    BC says:

    All in an instant. John, I am so sorry.

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    Micheline says:

    RIP Tunch

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    andrewsomething says:

    God, I feel sick. I’m so sorry JC.

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    Phoenix Woman says:

    Oh, John! You poor soul. And poor Tunch.

    Go to the Humane Society or the shelter of your choice tomorrow and look for another kitty. You’ll help both that kitty and you.

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    Linda1961 says:

    So sorry to hear this. I love your posts about Tunch. Like Polish the Guillotines, I hate this being the reason to stop lurking, but I wanted to express my sympathies. {{Hugs}}.

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    Ripley says:

    Shit. Sorry, Cole.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    God, I am so sorry….

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    Gig says:

    I’m so sorry.

    Get out the pictures and reminisce with friends. It’s a comfort.

    I have sniffles but not words.

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    Abo gato says:

    I am so, so, sorry. Others have said this, but I need to do it as well. I am so sorry it had to happen like this. Everyone knows how loved he was. Even by all the nuts out here. We can grieve with you John, but your grief is your own. From personal experience, if I were you, I’d get another cat soon. It may not be the right thing for everyone, but it has helped me get through the loss of a beloved pet a few times.

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    Gig says:

    I’m so sorry.

    Get out the pictures and reminisce with friends. It’s a comfort.

    I have sniffles but not words.

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    turtlebro says:

    Long-time lurker. So sorry to hear about it. Losing a pet is hard, especially like this. You have my deepest sympathies.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    My condolences, John.

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    poco says:

    This is just horrible, horrible news. I am so very sorry, John. Tunch was such an inextricable part of this blog….

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    Mike in NC says:

    Jesus Fucking Christ

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    AnneW says:

    I am so sorry. Tunch was amazing and he will be missed.

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    raven says:

    @JPL: If you used paypal there is a place for comments. Otherwise email them

    marc4change@hotmail.com

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    Binky says:

    Heartbreaking. He was a noble beast.

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    DecidedFenceSitter says:

    Echoing so many others, I’m sitting here a bit in shock. Once my toddler is in bed, my two kitties are getting all the scritches.

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    Gnarly Charlie says:

    I am so sorry about this tragic loss. Tunch will live forever in our collective memory. We all love that sweet fluffy guy – he was one cool cat.

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    beabea says:

    Oh John I am so sorry. My Tom, the flower-delivering cat, was killed by dogs in February so I can relate to what a shock it is when they are taken away from us so suddenly. I loved reading about Tunch and will sorely miss him, but I think his sweet spirit will live on in the many pets he helped save, and will yet save.

    RIP sweet Tunch, and peace to John and the entire Cole family.

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    Strawmanmunny says:

    Don’t usually post much but had to today. So sorry for your lost. I don’t have much else to add but just that I’m so sorry and hope you are doing OK.

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    WaynersT says:

    This is unbelievable. So very sorry, so very sad. I really loved that fat cat.

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    raven says:

    Joe Biden’s remarks apply here

    There will come a day, I promise you, and your parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife (or beloved pet) brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye,” Biden added.

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    quannlace says:

    Sent a few bucks to MARC. That picture of Tunch at the top of the post is wonderful. It rivals any Roman Emperor.

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    Guest says:

    What a horrible way to lose a beloved pet – I am so very sorry.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    I am so sorry. That first picture is the best cat expression ever. I’ll throw some coin to MARC in his memory.

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    mick mcDick says:

    john i am sorry buddy.

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    Amalthea says:

    Also delurking to say how sorry I am. Reading this broke my heart, but only a fraction of what you’re feeling. So so sorry.

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    Mary G says:

    I never met him, but felt like I knew him. What a great cat he was. You have sustained a huge loss. I have had other cats, but there will never be one like my Sophie (pictured on all my avatars). I still call my new cats by her name when I am not thinking and am happy with them. She was the one. Tunch was yours.

    I made a donation of $50, which is all I can do on my Social Security disability/lazy people’s welfare. I wish it could be more.

    So, so sorry, John.

    (Reposted because I came out as “undefined” and I messed up the link. FYWP)

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    eemom says:

    The General petting Tunch right now in the better place. It could be.

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    Boudica says:

    My condolences. We’ll miss you, Tunch.

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    sjreja says:

    I am so sorry John. You gave tunch a good life, that’s all anyone can ask.

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    raven says:

    My wife and I drove to Atlanta to day and I was telling her about the outpouring of concern for General Stuck and how I saw this place as a real community. Much of that is because of the goodness of you John Cole.

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    Riggsveda says:

    I’m sorry, John–God bless you both.

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    Woodrow/asim Jarvis Hill says:

    Goddamn, John. What a rough-assed couple of days for the good guys, all around (there’s some personal tragedies I’m seeing as well). From finally finding about Stuck to Tunch…shit.

    Get drunk as a stunk, and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t grieve like a motherfucker.

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    O Possum says:

    So very sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies.

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    efgoldman says:

    I’m not a pet person, and I’m allergic to most cats. I come here for other reasons. But Cole… damn.
    I hope FSM has a spare noodly appendage for pet skritches. I’m sending a small contribution to MARC.
    What are Rosie and Lily gonna’ do without the floofy one to keep them in line.

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    Sister Inspired Revolver of Freedom says:

    Tunch was a such an important part of this blog, and I loved your posts about him. He will be deeply missed. Love and my deepest condolences. The Goddess will welcome Tunch to the Summerlands, with open arms. And yes, I truly believe that. Much love and hugs, John. Much love and hugs.

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    CZHA says:

    Unimaginable. My heart aches for you; I wish I could ease your sorrow.

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    thundermonkey says:

    Sorry to hear the news. I always enjoyed reading about the fat boy.

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    O Possum says:

    So very sorry to hear th

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    […] me in tears at his passing. He was much loved by John Cole and much loved by his many followers.  John has asked donations be made to an animal rescue organization, MARC  in Tunch’s […]

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    👾 Martin says:

    Wow. So sorry to hear this John.

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    atlliberal says:

    John,
    I am so sorry. I know that while all pets are special, some are more special than others, and Tunch was one of those. We understand the grief and sorrow you feel. I feel for you.

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    ducktape says:

    I am so sad for you, John, and for all of us the Balloon Juice community.

    RIP Tunch, you wonderful cat. We will all miss you, but none so much as John.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    stinger says:

    So very, very sorry to hear this.

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    Nancy says:

    Your post about Tunch have always been a favorite of mine, and I feel like I’ve lost a friend. I’m so sorry, John. He will be missed by a lot of people who never were able to give him an ear scratch, but who loved him too.

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    Ecks says:

    ho-lee… just… not cool universe, not cool. Gutted.

    From WV kitty heaven to kitty kitty heaven.

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    way2blue says:

    John,

    Hugs to you. And your brother and sister. They must be feeling wretched too. Long live Tunch in our memories… My husband let our two cats out after we returned from a trip. Late afternoon. And one never came back. His brother called for him for days. Sigh. I too kept looking for him — Jazzbo — for years. I think he became coyote bait.

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    Tokyokie says:

    I’m so sorry, Cole. I have a couple of cats whose passing I won’t much mourn, but your bond with Tunch seemed to be like mine with my late, beloved Cat 9 From Outer Space, who’d sleep every night curled around the top of my head. (I lost a couple of cats to the neighbors’ dogs years ago before Cat 9 ripped out the offending dog’s intestines.) I’m going to give Marvin the Siamese and Keyser the Balinese extra loving tonight because this reminds us of how precious life is.

    And Cole, remember you have friends here who will help you with your grief. Please take advantage of this resource.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    I’ve always wanted a “FEED” t-shirt, but there wasn’t one in the store. Perhaps now we can get one in memory?

    Eta: nevermind. I see they have been added since I was last there.

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    Susanne says:

    @JPL: I just put “RIP Tunch Cole” in the comments section.

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    NickT says:

    I think it’s incredibly impressive that John is holding himself together so well.

    Tunch was, in every way, a magnificent beast and he will be greatly missed by everyone.

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    inventor says:

    So very sorry, Bro’. Family is family regardless of species and it hurts so much to lose family suddenly.

    R.I.P. Tunch

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    handsmile says:

    I’m so terribly sorry for your heartbreaking loss, John Cole.

    That Tunch was beloved by so many I hope will bring some small measure of solace.

    Such a very sad day for this community.

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    John Cole says:

    @Phoenix Woman:

    Go to the Humane Society or the shelter of your choice tomorrow and look for another kitty. You’ll help both that kitty and you.

    A while back, when Tunch turned 11, I decided that I was not getting any young cats anymore and that if anything happened to Tunch, I was going to get older cats who had been dumped by owners for the normal asshole reasons people get rid of their pets- “I had to move, my apt wouldn’t accept cats, etc.” I’d like to curbjaw all of them right now because I’d kill to have another day with Tunch, but good will come with this. I’m going to find a sweet senior kitty who deserves better than to be dumped and make him/her mine.

    I’ll need some time though.

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    wonkie says:

    I’m so sorry. What a shock.

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    Robert says:

    Sorry for your loss.

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    scav says:

    Tunch! oh damn.

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    VOR says:

    My deepest condolences. Tunch was an amazing friend and companion to you. RIP big guy. You will be missed.

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Shit. Shit. Fuck. So sorry for your loss, John.

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    Richard Fox says:

    Words can’t convey my deep sadness. I lost my cat a number of years ago and followed Tunch’s adventures vicariously, always with great pleasure and warmth. My sincerest condolences, Mr. Cole, for Tunch and the good General as well. RIP.

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    Shadow's Mom says:

    Farewell, noble Tunch, a king among cats! May you rest in peace.

    My sincerest condolences on your loss, John. This is a sad day for the Balloon Juice community.

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    Francis says:

    Just wanted to add my voice to say how sorry I am for your loss. He was a fine friend.

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    karen says:

    The soul of Balloon Juice has gone to the rainbow bridge in the sky.

    When my kitties passed on, this website helped me a great deal.

    http://www.petloss.com/

    Even though Tunch was not my cat, I’m crying anyway.

    Much love to you John.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @John Cole: You will find your next kitteh in your own time. Or, knowing how you got Lily and Rosie, s/he will find you.

    EDIT: Tonight we in Seattle will remember him, We will laugh, we will cry, but we will remember him.

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    So sorry to hear, John.

    We’ll miss him, too. :-/
    .

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    Morbo says:

    Damn, damn, damn. So sorry he’s gone.

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    JCT says:

    Oh, NO! — tears for you here, John. So sorry this happened to your dear Tunch.

    Condolences to sweet Lily and Rosie for their puss brother.

    Will head over to MARC later.

    Fuck.

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    Carnacki says:

    My condolences, John, to you and your surviving pets. May Tunch rest in peace.

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    Poopyman says:

    @John Cole:

    I’ll need some time though.

    Yes. You’ll know when. No rush. Today and tomorrow and the following days are for Tunch.

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    lahke says:

    So sorry for you, John, and for Lily and Rosie too–they must be confused and lonely about this. Just gave my two an extra hug and sent some bucks to MARC in Tunch’s memory. And now some extra hugs again.

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    beth says:

    So sorry to hear this terrible news. What a magnificent beast Tunch was, he’ll be sorely missed.

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    Biscuits says:

    I am crying. I loved that fury boy. His personality and catitude were unmatched. I’m so sorry John. He was the star of the show and will be missed by everyone on this site.

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    dporpentine says:

    Holy shit. That’s unbelievably terrible. I’m so sorry.

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    Edo says:

    Goddamnit, I come back to Balloon Juice and find this. I’m so sorry.

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    MGB says:

    @eemom: now that thought makes me smile a bit through the mist in my eyes

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    kcr says:

    So, so, so sorry to hear this.

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    MathInPA says:

    I know what it’s like to lose a pet, but never to something so sudden and unexpected. I cannot claim to have more than analogous understanding of your emotions at this time. You have my best wishes for you and the other pets in your household. I hope that you will be each other’s strength, and that those who love you will be the same.

    Sometimes the internet is a force for evil, for malice and for pain. You’ve done a good job of trying to at least make part of it a message of hope for others since you changed your views, and I hope that the commentariat will be good to you.

    And if not? Fuck ’em. May your heart grow and strengthen.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @John Cole:

    And that will be one lucky senior cat.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Heartfelt condolences; the animal stuff really made this community.

    Hope the Piker’s raise one for him tonight.

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    JerryN says:

    Man, that sucks. Sorry for your loss. Go hug Lily and Rosie and get stinking drunk.

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    Bill D. says:

    I’m sorry, John.

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    Brian says:

    Sorry John. Having lost a dog to cancer in 2 hours of being oblivious to gone I know the sudden loss is the worst. From one pet owner to another my thoughts are with you.

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    Mercuria says:

    i’m so sorry. so so sorry.

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    Anoniminous says:

    It’s always hard to lose a pet. Especially hard under those circumstances.

    My condolences.

    RIP Tunch

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    Oh, hell. Sympathies.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Tunch was indeed a well-loved kitteh. He’s almost made it to a TBogg in record time.

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    Kowbelle says:

    @Chet: That’s really not the answer.

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    BuffyVee says:

    I had to delurk to share my sorrow. FUCK! Cole, I will miss hearing about Tunch’s antics, and your blurry photos of him that somehow still managed to capture his regal bearing. We all know, as he did, how much he was loved. RIP Tunch.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I got kinda attached to our newest cat because he hangs out with me and does crazy shit. Last night, we shared a turkey sandwich upstairs in the bedroom and when I awoke this morning, he’d left a big red apple for me – without a scratch on it – on the floor beside the bed. How he got it out of the fruit basket and up the stairs will be a mystery until I put cameras out.

    He’s not allowed outside and occasionally he will get outside anyway since he figured out how to open the sliding glass door to the back porch AND the screen door off the back porch. I used to go outside and try to hunt him down but he taught himself how to open the screen door outwardly to come back in so now I don’t freak out as much.

    It’s a tough world out there for cats but they usually give as good as they get.

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    bemused says:

    Some kitties do stand out. Our gray w/white longhair was the sweetest kitty and she lived until she was 19. We still miss her even though we now have two great cats who are also quite sweet. In the months after she left us, a few times I would hear the stairs creak as they would in one spot whenever any human or cat stepped on it but there was no one else in the house or awake but me when it happened. Once I really thought I saw her walking around a corner. I prefer to think she was making visits then.

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    It's Not The Fall, It's The Landing says:

    Very sorry for your loss, John Cole. I’ve always enjoyed seeing pictures of the big white kitteh and reading your stories about him.

    R.I.P. Tunch, you will be remembered fondly even by those who never met you in person.

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    Heidi O'Brien says:

    I weep with you. He was clearly the best friend a person could ever have.

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    Niobe says:

    John, my condolences for your loss, it is heartbreaking. I hope you can find some solace in Lily and Rose, and know that Tunch is now at rest with a big bowl of tuna.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Poor little dude. Sorry, John.

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    Uncle Kvetch says:

    So heartbreaking. My deepest condolences.

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    Elliott says:

    How tragic! May he RIP – he’ll be waiting for you at that rainbow bridge

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    Legalsec says:

    Delurking to tell you that my heart is breaking for you. I loved reading about Tunch. I am so very sorry!

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    AWJ says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful cat and he shall be missed.

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    Sarah Moore says:

    I am so so sorry. I know the pain is great. And have felt it. But as I’ve always told my daughter. You can a fur baby and love it and receive their love back. Or not and forgo the pain losing them. But that love is to great so will always have fur babies. Just so sorry. I had a cat killed months back by dog I got it away and was holding it up trying to get in house and dog jumped up and grabbed it out of my hands. I still have trouble going to sleep some nites. Thinking about cucumber (cu cu )

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    Funky-tut says:

    Roommate asks me why I’m crying. I say: an internet friend’s cat died. It seems like a completely weird statement to make. But you made your readers feel like they know him. Hell, I live in Texas; infrequently read your blog; very rarely post anything. I never have met you or Tunch. (Does it rhyme with “lunch” or Moon-ch?) Regardless, I’m internet babbling and floored.

    I guess I just want to say:

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. What a Awesome Cat!!! Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be missed all over the nation.

    I’ll have to wait and make a donation after the 1st. But my thoughts and prayers are with ya, man.

    :big hug:

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    Sarah Moore says:

    I am so so sorry. I know the pain is great. And have felt it. But as I’ve always told my daughter. You can a fur baby and love it and receive their love back. Or not and forgo the pain losing them. But that love is to great so will always have fur babies. Just so sorry. I had a cat killed months back by dog I got it away and was holding it up trying to get in house and dog jumped up and grabbed it out of my hands. I still have trouble going to sleep some nites. Thinking about cucumber (cu cu )

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    Juliet says:

    John, another delurker. I have read your blog for years, and have always loved how much you care for your pets. My two kitties and I are so sorry that this happened.

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    melissaD says:

    Mr. Cole, I am so sorry, and I hope you will find your way to absorb the sorrow of the pretty boy’s passing. RIP magnificent cat.

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    Ming says:

    No!!! I’m so sorry. I loved seeing Tunch, and missed him when you hadn’t posted a pic in a while. Very sorry, for you and for we remote lovers of Tunch. Poor kitty, RIP.

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    Jim says:

    Sorry John. Terrible way to lose a pet.

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    Mary G says:

    @John Cole: I only made it a week, but you have Lily and Rosie, but I couldn’t stand sleeping alone. I resented the new two, though, I have to be honest, for a while. It’s just not the same.

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    kathy a. says:

    I am so sorry. Tunch was a hulluva good cat.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Impossible. A million times NO!!!. Wretchedly, horridly impossible. Everyone shares in your loss, John, but we all know how terrible this is for you.

    We all loved Tunch.Those of us who have lost a pet know how deep the pain goes. It’s the price we pay for getting to share their wonderfulness.

    I lost a cat to coyotes. I know how you feel. My kitty was starting kidney disease, I always suspected she just didn’t want to suffer and strangely left the fenced yard.

    Tunch did not suffer. Tunch is not going to have to suffer kitty old age troubles. He will live forever here at Balloon Juice.

    And you have video. I have one little video of another kitty, my late Maisy. I play it ridiculously often. In a year or so Tunch video will just make you smile.

    And all of you who have pets and have no video, get out your phones and iPods now and make one.

    Sending you much light and healing beams, John Cole.

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    wuzzat says:

    Oh no. John, I am so sorry. Tunch was a great cat, and he had such a good life thanks to you. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    metricpenny says:

    So, so sorry John. Hugging you so hard right now.

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    Dave in ME says:

    I am just speechless……

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    martian says:

    God, I’m so, so sorry.

    I actually gasped out loud when I saw the post title and now I’m crying, too.

    There’s nothing to say that can make it not real. I’m so, so sorry.

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    Buffyvee says:

    I had to delurk to share my sorrow. FUCK! SHIT! Cole, I will miss hearing about Tunch’s antics, and your blurry photos of him that somehow still managed to capture his regal bearing. We all know, as he did, how much he was loved. RIP Tunch. I had to delurk to share my sorrow. FUCK! Cole, I will miss hearing about Tunch’s antics, and your blurry photos of him that somehow still managed to capture his regal bearing. We all know, as he did, how much he was loved. RIP Tunch.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    I’m so, so sorry, John. There are no words.

    Know the empty, awful feeling you have right now is the part of you Tunch kept with him. You’ll eventually find the part of him with you, but we aren’t as smart as our animal companions when it comes to the heart.

    Your blog is listed as “Tunch” in my bookmark bar, between “Benen” and “Pierce,” right in the center of the bar. As my Mal grew to half again the size of his brother, it didn’t so much bother me as make me think, “he’ll be like Tunch!” It was a good thing. It still is.

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    bago says:

    Gottdamn. Sympathy.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Chet:
    That kind of talk doesn’t make a lot of sense. The dog was just being herself. And I’m sure John Cole’s brother and sister feel bad enough already.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I don’t even know what to say right now. I’ve started several times and keep deleting it. I am so sorry to hear about this and my heart goes out to you John. What a horrible thing to happen to such a wonderful cat.

    He’s not my cat but it feels like I lost one of my own. Rest in peace big guy.

    Be well John, take care.

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    Marc says:

    I’m so sorry.

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    freemark says:

    I’m so sorry John. I wouldn’t have Tasha if you it wasn’t for this blog and its members and Tunch was such an important part of it.

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    Steve V says:

    Condolences.

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    pete says:

    I add my condolences and have nothing better to say. I am so sorry.

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    KmCO says:

    John, I am a fairly new commenter, but I’ve lurked here long enough to know that Tunch was an incredibly special kitty and that you loves him massively. It’s always been very touching to see how much you love him, and he was clearly quite a character. I am so, so sorry that his life was cut short and that you’re going through this. I also feel very sad for your sister, knowing that her pet was responsible for this. Words are a small comfort, I know, but you’re not alone in your grief. I am heartbroken about Tunch, and we will all miss him. RIP little buddy. Chase mice and watch birds freely now.

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    Gromit says:

    How horrible. I really am sorry. He clearly was a great cat.

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    Munira says:

    I’m really sorry about this. I also felt like I knew Tunch. My condolences.

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    LanceThruster says:

    Tragic. I am so sorry.

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    Brian says:

    Oh John. I am so sorry. I never post but have been lurking for years. I am heartbroken for you…

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    Whatsleft says:

    So so very sorry for your loss. RIP Tunchmeister.

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    zmullls says:

    I can’t even bring myself to read all the comments. Unbelievably sad and tragic. I’m so sorry for you all.

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    Sarah says:

    Heartbreaking. Have lost a beloved dog and cat in the last year, each one irreplaceable. And yet, I have also adopted 2 dogs since then, both rescues. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to make a donation to an organization I otherwise would not have known about. Hopefully out of this tragedy there will be lots of money raised to help save and find homes for many other creatures.

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    moonbat says:

    Dammit, JC, I am so sorry. I have lost a great cat in a similar fashion and the getting drunk idea is a good one. Crying til you can’t anymore is another. We are thinking about you.

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    Brian says:

    So sorry sir.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    If I could make a suggestion to the other frontpagers, please keep an eye on this thread and delete the shitheads so that John doesn’t have to deal with them.*

    *You probably already are, but just in case….

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    I am so sorry to read this, John. Tunch truly was a great cat. He will be sorely missed by his adoring fans. Just awful news.

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    Applejinx says:

    Oh, man. Hang in, John. Tunch wouldn’t want you to go down in flames over this. Wherever he’s at he’s tellin’ some other very impressed catghost, “Dude. I totally ALMOST HAD HIM.”

    And I’m sure the other cat’s very very impressed. Who wouldn’t believe it?

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    South of I10 says:

    John, I am so sorry for your loss. He was your “once in a lifetime” cat. There will be others, but never another Tunch. I hope you get a friend to come drink with you tonight, and end up telling Tunch stories until you are laughing through the tears.

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    Charles II says:

    Mourning for Tunch at MercRising.

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    Ghost of Joe Liebling's Dog says:

    I’m sorry beyond words. Condolences.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JPL: I didn’t either, so I immediately sent an email to Marc4change@hotmail.com to ask them to credit my donation to the memory of Tunch and in honour of John Cole.

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    TheGs says:

    So very sorry. It’s so hard to say good bye. God Speed, Tunch.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    It has been raining here in Golden since you put up the post (two hours). That has not happened since we’ve lived here. It seems even Gaia is crying this evening.

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    Matthew R says:

    That sucks unbelievably bad, and I’m so sorry for your loss. Seriously.

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    Dissatisfied Customer says:

    Best. Cat. Ever. My heartfelt condolences, John.

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    Metacreek says:

    So very sorry for your loss

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    Gemini Material says:

    Lurker here.. there was such a poetic relationship between you and Tunch.. this is just a brutal, tragic turn. You have touched many more than you know recounting his saga over the years. Condolences.

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    Munira says:

    Also – just sent $50 to MARC.

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    Vamos Rafa says:

    Also de-lurking to offer condolences. RIP Tunch

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    DanF says:

    So sorry John. Tunch was a once in a lifetime pet.

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    raven says:

    @Diminuendo: Good idea for people to stay out of this aspect of the situation.

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    Melissa says:

    John, I read this blog every day, and although I have never once commented, I’m sobbing as I make my donation in Tunch’s name. I likely won’t ever pop up to comment again; I just wanted you to know, there are more people who enjoyed your cat and loved him than you ever even thought.

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    Svensker says:

    Oh no. Crying for you, John. So sorry.

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    rammalamadingdong says:

    All my love to you. All our love to Tunch

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    beer time somewhere says:

    /delurk

    So sorry, John.

    RIP Tunch

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    Vec says:

    I’m so so sorry. My heart breaks for you and the lose you’re feeling. Condolences.

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    Petorado says:

    Cole, you made Tunch one happy cat. He had it pretty damn good in your home. I wish he could have lived to riper old age and died in his sleep dreaming of cans of tuna. We’ll all miss him too as well as the tales of his exploits.

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    Tuppence says:

    I’m so sorry. Devastating.

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    Laura says:

    So very, very sorry.

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    Mrs. WhatsIt says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Pets are truly special, but Tunch was more special than most. Take care of yourself!

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    Yatsuno says:

    @A Ghost To Most: There’s an old Native legend that says that it will rain when a great spirit arrives and when a great spirit leaves.

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    Redshirt says:

    Damn. Too many RIPS today.

    My condolences John. It’s trite now, but as the years pass, the pain will fade, and the good memories will remain.

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    SEK says:

    Nothing I write will help, I fear, so I won’t try. Just know that your loss registers across Internets vast and wide, and that Tunch was loved by more people than any cat has any right to be — but which every cat assumes it is.

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    Josh says:

    So sorry, John.

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    Manic Pixie Rabbit says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, but I’ve never commented before. I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

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    Bubba Dave says:

    So, so sorry. Nothing to offer but condolences, and maybe a few tears. Hell of a cat, and a horrible thing to have happen — every cat ownee’s nightmare come true.

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    Stella B. says:

    So sorry for your loss.

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    Darcy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was magnificent:(

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    Richard Fox says:

    Being in Brooklyn and only rarely a commenter my presence here is slight; though I spend every day reading the posts. I am usually rewarded, and am grateful for being better informed as a result.
    I always waited to read about Tunch. His quirks and adventures meant much to me. I have no cats anymore (roommate is so allergic it is not even a possibility) so his exploits, along with the other pets here gave me so much joy I can hardly express it.
    It is a testament to John Cole’s writing ability to bring out so well the personalty of Tunch– I honestly felt I knew him.
    RIP good cat. You meant more to folks than you could possibly fathom. That’s as it should be, I think.

    My sincerest condolences to Mr. Cole and all the Balloon Juice community for Tunch and the good General.
    Donating some money in their memory now. Cheers.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Oh NO. John condolences and {hugs}. I know of two foster kittens who died yesterday/today and now Tunch. Too sad. Think I’m gonna cry…

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    Ugh. That’s fucking terrible.

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    Marcelo says:

    @John Cole:

    That sentiment you feel about older cats is one I share. What a great way to honor His Largeness.

    And while no cat will ever be like Tunch, they will be something else, something new, something wonderful. But never like Tunch. And that’s okay, you know? Like Biden said, the time will come when you feel more thankfulness and appreciation than grief. Hang in there, man. You’re a fucking hero for all you do for animals across the country.

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    Redshirt says:

    I’ve got the giant “FEED” poster above me in the dining room right now, Tunch looking down upon me.

    Damn. Death sucks.

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    John O says:

    Awww, jeez. Just had a great day ruined.

    So very sincerely sorry, John.

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    MJ says:

    @Funky-tut:

    Roommate asks me why I’m crying. I say: an internet friend’s cat died. It seems like a completely weird statement to make. But you made your readers feel like they know him.

    This exactly! By the way John, I just bought a Tunch mug from the Balloon-Juice store in his honor (with proceeds going to MARC). I’ll pour a little out for your sweet little fat boy as soon as it is delivered. Sending love and best wishes your way.

    P.S. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you (or honor Tunch) in the coming days.

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    I’m so sorry Cole. Gonna pour one out in tunch’s honor. It was crystal clear how happy he made you.

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    Malaclypse says:

    Damn. Sorry. Tunch is now in the Paws of God.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Yatsuno:

    That brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

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    SG says:

    All I can say through my tears is I am so, so sorry and sad. Rest in peace, dear Tunch-boy. My sincerest condolences to you, John.

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    EGrise says:

    I am so very, very sorry to learn this. I just sent $25 to MARC in Tunch’s memory.

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    aangus says:

    Shocked speechless and so sad.
    Hang in there, John.
    {{{{hugs}}}}

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    Redshirt says:

    Also, I hope you can pass on sympathies to your sister and husband. I’m sure they feel terrible, and responsible. It’s an awful feeling.

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    Throwin Stones says:

    Holy Hell. Sorry John. Lost Sylvester, who’d follow me around like a dog, to the neighbor dog about 9 years ago. First of three resting in the backyard. Sucks.

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    jenn says:

    Damn. That sucks beyond the telling of it. I am so incredibly sorry. I send a huge hug your way, & judging by how the pups are reacting to my tears, they’re sending you some licks and wiggles, too.

    (Raises glass) To Tunch

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: Once or twice I have managed to get my Canadian cousin to post here (usually on DougJ’s music threads). But I have talked to him a lot about John, and this community, and Tunch, and why Tunch had his name, and I have sent him an email to let him know of the communal heartbreak.

    Five-hundred-plus posts. Amazing. And not at all surprising.

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    EmilyHG says:

    Oh God, John. I’m so sorry. RIP, Tunch.

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    Tbone says:

    As a long time lurker, so sorry John. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt like tunch was partly mine.

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    MMM says:

    Take care of yourself Mr. Cole. Tunch, vaya con Dios.

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    Jeff(the other one) says:

    @John Cole: My wife and I did that with one of our last cats, found an 11 year old 6 toed, deaf cat, that was the best cat ever for us. Had to give her up when we lost our house, but we found another home for her. I think your sentiment is spot on. But it will be time before your heart mends, don’t rush it. (BTW donated to MARC)

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    toschek says:

    I am sorry John. Have a good drunk and a cuddle with Lily. I lost my fat cat buddy last year and it’s still hard. Tunch will live forever in our hearts though. Bless his furminated little soul.

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    Madeline says:

    Oh, I am so, so sorry. Tunch was such a handsome boy.

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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    Awwww. Godamnit! I’m so sorry, Mr. Cole. I’m sitting at my keyboard right now, crying because my friend (whom I’ve never met) just lost his friend (whom I’ve never met.) Donating to MARC, and going out right now to light a chanupah for Tunch, to help him find his way. May all the love you’ve shared with Tunch come back to you now, and know that we hold you both in our hearts.

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    El Cruzado says:

    @John Cole: Delurking to say 1) This sucks balls, they are little furry family members and when they leave it doesn’t feel any better than you’d expect from that and 2) I’m glad to know there’ll be another kitty who’ll keep you serving the Master Race (cats, obviously), obnoxiously in all likelihood.

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    Tracy says:

    Just donated $50. Although just a lurker over the years I have always loved Tunch. Such a senseless death. He will leave a hole in the hearts of many but will not be forgotten.

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    dr. bloor says:

    No words, John. So, so sorry.

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    McMullen says:

    No words John – just a sick feeling that says how deeply sorry I am.

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    Botsplainer says:

    John, my sincerest condolences.

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    gsp says:

    I’m so sorry John. Almost feels like one of my own pets died.

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    Cynthia says:

    No, no, no. Crying with you, sending you much love.

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    Like everybody else, I am just popping in to express my sympathy. Tunch will be missed. My wife and I always enjoyed the pictures and stories and felt like we knew him in a way. I am so very sorry.

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    Moira Gentry says:

    John, I am dreadfully sorry, it is a terrible loss. I am so so so very sorry. Sending you love from a faithful lurker.

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    Scottinnj says:

    My sympathies to you your family and Rosie and Lilly.

    Off to donate to donate to MARC so something good comes out of this.

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    EEH says:

    Another reader/seldom commenter here. I am so very sorry, John. Tunch was a magnificent kitty and there are a lot tears being shed for him today, mine included.

    Take care.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @way2blue:

    And one never came back. His brother called for him for days

    I remember some 40 years ago when my Kitten Kaboodle died suddenly and our other cat, a yellow marmalade named Pounce de Lion, grieved KK for weeks. They were not related, but Pouncy had never known a world without Kaboodle and kind of freaked out in his own catlike way.

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    ChristianPinko says:

    Oh, John, I’m so sorry.

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    Rob R. says:

    Tunch seemed like a noble beast, dude. My condolences.

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    stickler says:

    Oh, how awful. My sincerest condolences to you, John.

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    cdmarine says:

    I’m so heartbroken for you. I can’t even begin to imagine. When I read this, I immediately started to cry.

    There will be assholes here. It’s inevitable. Please don’t read them.

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    piratedan says:

    and here I am crying too over your loss JC, its never easy to lose a companion so dear and so true.

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    Paddy says:

    I couldn’t even read it past the first few sentences. John, I’m so sorry, there aren’t words.

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    thalarctos says:

    So very, very sorry to hear this. I’ll raise a toast to you and Tunch, and give my own coal-black cat Sarafina a special scratch behind the ears tonight in honor of your beautiful Tunch.

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    Jamey says:

    Such a character! I’m so sorry, John. I’d never met the li’l guy, but I feel that I know him–and I definitely feel your loss.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @John Cole:

    Love.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @John Cole: We met dear friends at a wedding in VA recently who had just lost their second Maine Coon cat who was about 15 years old. They’ve always had cats (like us, no kids) but plan on taking a break from adopting felines so that they can be free to do some traveling, etc. for the rest of the year. Might go with us on a Baltic cruise. But there’s no doubt they’ll be filling their home with more cats to love when the time is right.

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    esme says:

    My deepest condolences, John. Tunch was a magnificent beast.

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    daverave says:

    Major, major bummer, John. Our thoughts are with you… hang in there.

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    Elie says:

    Too much, John.. too much — all love — nothing but love to you…

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    KG says:

    Condolences.

    (I got nothing else)

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    JGabriel says:

    My deepest condolences, John.

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    Sasha says:

    So sorry.

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    brashieel says:

    I am so, so sorry that this happened. I’ve made donations to MARC and HSPCA in Tunch’s name.

    Rest in peace, big guy.

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    karen marie says:

    Oh, poor John! Poor Tunch! My heart breaks for you.

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    Mori says:

    I’m so very very very sorry. There really are no words.

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    JoyceH says:

    Oh, John. I am so so sorry. I just lost the Best Dog Ever six weeks ago, and I know how painful it is.

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    amk says:

    Oh my god. I am so sorry, Cole. It is heart breaking. Tunch was our beloved boy even though we made fun of him. He was the lively soul of this blog with his regal sedateness and had a global fan club. He was one of a kind.

    Hope you pull it together soon man.

    This really sucks.

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    EriktheRed says:

    Sorry, John.

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    justme2 says:

    Raising a glass to you and Tunch tonight — blessings and peace on your loss.

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    pepper says:

    i am really sorry. extra hugs for my cats tonight and a donation to MARC

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    adog says:

    Long time lurker – this is the first time I have commented. So, so, so sorry to hear this, JC. The internet is weeping…

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    Lotti says:

    John, you are and have been my hero for quite some time although I don’t post here – I would give something precious to give you that one more day with Tunch and one more and one more, but the moving finger writes and having writ moves on and all our tears cannot wash away awful words once written – if it were so this day would certainly be washed away by the tears of all of us who love you and loved Tunch.

    Take care of yourself and reach out for that needy senior kitty sooner rather than later – here they are euthanized daily despite the best efforts of a few brave souls – so many needless deaths just like poor Tunch’s – and even in a no kill shelter most cats probably think they are in hell being confined – I have three who came directly off of death row and they are dear to me and all three great souls. It is the best tribute you could pay Tunch – to pass all that love and care – and tuna – on to somebody who really, really needs it. Specially the love.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: You are such a good person, John. Whatever senior kitty gets to come home with you will be the luckiest kitty in the world. When the time is right, of course.

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    Wrye says:

    My God, John, I am so sorry to hear this. So much love for both of you. I’m just going to sit with my infant son and try not to cry for a while.

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    Pinkamena Panic says:

    For what it’s worth I had begun to think of Tunch as our third cat.

    Cole, you cry as much as you need to. And when you’re done, act not in anger, but in the love you would give Tunch.

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    Devore says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss

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    CAS says:

    Yet another long time lurker. I’m sorry for your loss, John. We’ll miss our mascot.

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    Don’t comment much anymore but the entire Java clan is pretty broken up about this. RIP Tunch and as someone who has lost two cats within the last three years, you have my deepest sympathies and understanding.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Chet: I can’t imagine how awful John’s sister (who owned the dog) and brother (who was taking care of the dog) must be feeling right now. Let’s not be so hasty with our desire for retributive justice, okay?

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    Sayne says:

    Oh I’m so sorry, John. I’ll make that donation in his name. Let us know whatever else we in the BJ community can do and we’ll do it. Rest in peace, kitty. Take care of yourself, John. We’re all here for you.

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    MelissaM says:

    ……..

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    Bostondreams says:

    So sorry to see this. Condolences :(

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    CatHairEverywhere says:

    I had to read the headline twice, because I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought you were joking with us, until I read the story. I am still in shock, and crying for Tunch here. He always reminded me of my demanding, arrogant, but infinitely cuddleable boy, Onyx. I am so, so sorry. What an awful thing. I don’t know what else to say, except that this sucks. Poor Tunch. I always loved your stories about him.

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    nwerner says:

    Shock and disbelief.

    So sorry, John.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    Just know, John, that your in my thoughts and prayers. May all of your Balloon Juice family support and hold you gently with kindness and love.

    RIP, dear Tunch.

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    kindness says:

    OMG John. God bless.

    I’m so sorry.

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    Andy says:

    So sorry for your loss.

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    Jason says:

    heart’s with you, John. Condolences. I am so sad.

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    amy c says:

    Oh no. There aren’t condolences big enough.

    You gave him a wonderful life.

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    SoINeedAName48 says:

    No idea if you’ll even get this far down in condolences – but I’m extending mine on your sad, sad loss.

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    CaffinatedOne says:

    I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Tunch was quite a cat and had a great life with you and I doubt that he had many regrets. When the time is right, I’m sure that you’ll get to making a wonderful life for another lucky kitty.

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    Stella says:

    Thinking of you. So sorry for your loss. It hurts so much to lose a critter that you love.

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    Origuy says:

    So sorry, John.

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    Gustopher says:

    Crap. Poor Tunch. Poor John too. I always thought Tunch would outlive John, probably by eating him in his sleep.

    I’m going to go hug my ancient and decrepit old cat with the kidney disease now, while I still can. This just sucks.

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    Shortstop says:

    No words, John. Only deepest sympathies and wishes for your peace and courage.

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    Barry Freed says:

    Oh hell. I’m so sorry for you John. I’m crying a bit with you.

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    Cervantes says:

    Painful as it is, this, too, will pass.

    Take care, John, and get well soon.

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    kc says:

    Love those pics of Tunch. He was special.

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    Laura says:

    Shedding tears with you John. ::hard hug::

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    Crashman says:

    John, I’m so sorry for your loss, for what it’s worth from an infrequent commenter and internet stranger. Our prayers are with you.

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    There are no words. I am so sorry. I know this is a death in the family. Damn. John, thinking of you.

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    Ed Marshall says:

    Wow. I’m so sorry. I’ve been reading about that fat bastard for so long that I’m misty-eyed.

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    Donut says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, John Cole. This is awful. I am getting teary trying to post this.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: Yes please

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    I am so sorry to hear this. Please accept my condolences.

    I lost two of my three cats last year to illnesses, I still miss them so much.

    Fair winds, Tunch. You were and shall ever be loved.

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    spudgun says:

    Holy SHIT…I am completely gutted for you, John, just so incredibly sad. I’m so, so sorry for your loss.

    Poor Tunch…

    Oh my gawd.

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    Mohmlet says:

    Delurking to express my shock and sorrow. Tunch was the enormous male twin of my MO kitty, and Tunch pictures and tales helped me through losing her. Donated in his name.

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    cckids says:

    Oh, no. My most sincere condolences. I cannot believe this happened. Please know that hundreds of us are mourning with you.

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    The Nameless One says:

    I am truly sorry, John.

    RIP, Tunch.

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    Kitty says:

    So incredibly sorry that this happened. RIP Tunch. You were an awesome cat.

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    Athena2 says:

    Deepest condolences, John. There are no words.

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    wenchacha says:

    I send my condolences. It’s terrible to lose a pet! Grieve for a while. Check back in when you want.

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    Bill says:

    John, I post infrequently, but I am sitting here with tears running down my face; I am so terribly sad to hear your news. There really aren’t strong enough adjectives and modifiers for a thing like this. Losing a pet is dreadful, even when it’s expected. To lose Tunch like this is heartbreaking, and that doesn’t begin to cover it. I just don’t have the words- I’m a fixit guy- I want to help, I want to make this better, and all there is to do is cry. I’m so sorry, and so sad for you. For lack of anything better, I’m getting into the Gin.

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    mikefromArlington says:

    Awe crap! So sorry man. Dumb aggressive
    dogs.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion:

    crying because my friend (whom I’ve never met) just lost his friend (whom I’ve never met.)

    This this this.

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    Elie says:

    @Violet:

    Its just not possible to replace — you of course know that… Tunch was not replaceable (not that you meant he was). Love will fill back in eventually —

    I had my cat Bill put down about three years ago. He was a complete character and had my heart. While I have Buddy, who I love to pieces, he is not a replacement for Bill. Nor would Bill replace Buddy. Each so distinctly themselves — irreplaceable —

    But love does heal us… of that I am sure… I wish that for John however it comes — not always in the ways we expect…

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    nancydarling says:

    John, I just logged on and your post took my breath away. So sorry, old friend.

    I have been thinking, lately, of all the pets I have loved as my sister had to put her old Brittany down two weeks ago. They all brought such grace into my life, just as Tunch did yours.

    Even though they are gone, the grace stays with us.

    Mijo and Chico and Max, the cat are getting extra love tonight.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    So sorry, John. Just the worst. It’s purely awful to lose such a dear companion, and you have my (and my family’s) deepest sympathy.

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    jak says:

    I’m so sorry.

    Just stunned.

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    Lokahi says:

    Mr. Tunch was well loved and admired even by those of us who hadn’t had the honor of meeting him. Aloha to him and to you, John.

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    Arlene says:

    Long time lurker and life time cat lover, John my sincere condolences. He was the best kitty. First, Inkblot now Tunch it’s just not fair. RIP, Tunch.

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    SIA says:

    We lost our boy cat Romeo to a violent end a few summers ago, around this time of year. I found his body parts nearby after searching for several days His widow Juliette is still with us, as is the adult cat (Angel) we adopted a year or two later. Angel was living in a crate over a dog in a no kill shelter and had been “dropped off” by his original family and then returned at least once because “he breaks things and bites”. He can be difficult but very loving, and I think he knows he was saved by us. I’m happy to give him sanctuary.

    Losing Romeo, so young and beautiful, so violently and suddenly made the healing process so much more difficult. It took a long time, and I feel a sob wanting to escape even now thinking about him.

    I got a bit of peace eventually by realizing that though he was a pet, he was still part of a natural order, both predator and prey, and thus his life ended.

    I’ve never written about this before. Losing someone suddenly is a sharp, anguished stab to the heart. I feel so much for you John, and for your brother and sister. Saying a prayer you can find some comfort soon.

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    raven says:

    We who choose to surround ourselves
    with lives even more temporary than our
    own, live within a fragile circle;
    easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps,
    we would still live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only
    certain immortality, never fully
    understanding the necessary plan.
    — Irving Townsend

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    Dr. Dave says:

    Yet another mostly lurker coming out to offer condolences. My two kitties are eighteen now, and I thought one had gone blind as a complication of high blood pressure earlier this spring, but medication seems to have helped and even though she’s a bag of bones, she climbs in bed with me every night and the thought of either of them being gone leaves me feeling empty inside. It’s a blessing that you have shared your love for your pets with all of us, and I admire the good that this blog has spread through the intertubes for so many pets. Peace.

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    cindiloohoo says:

    I think I’ve only commented here once or twice, but I’ve been a long time reader. This is just heartbreaking. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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    gmann says:

    Wordless. Sorry John.

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    PigInZen says:

    Sad for you, dude. Tunch was your bestest pet of course, but he was also a familiar mascot to the rest of us who frequent your little joint on the internet.

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    Laura says:

    Oh John. Oh Tunch. I am so, so sorry. I loved your cat, and how you wrote about him. Deepest condolences is all I can say now.

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    AMD says:

    I’m so sorry, JC. Tunch always came to life in your writing, as did your love for him.

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    allan says:

    You are a great pet owner. So sorry for your loss.

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    dopealope says:

    I am so sorry. It always made my day when you were bitching about Tunch. Hard to put into words how much this news affected me …

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    Scout211 says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family, John.

    This will be hard for your sister and your brother. But much harder for you. I am so sorry.

    He was an amazing cat.

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    FourTen says:

    Sorry, man.

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    Jaybird says:

    It is always awful to say goodbye to a dear friend. How much more so to under such awful circumstances.

    I am very sorry for your loss.

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    Steeplejack says:

    This has been a tough day at Balloon Juice. Here’s an old hippie song for Stuck and Tunch that feels appropriate.

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    peej says:

    I’m so sorry, John. We’ll all miss the big guy.

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    Joy in Florida says:

    John,

    I am so sorry. I have loved reading about Tunch and seeing the photos of him. I will miss that.

    My heart is with you, tears in eyes…

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    RoBee says:

    Stepping out of lurking to send you my condolences. I loved seeing pictures of, and hearing stories about, Tunch on this blog. I hope you receive some comfort from knowing Tunch was loved by so many of us and our hearts are with you.

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    Rhoda says:

    I am so sorry for your loss; your love for your animal companions shines through your blog. I’m so sorry for you and your family and the circumstances; God bless you and yours and Tunch.

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    Susan says:

    Just devastating news, I am so, so sorry, John.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: You have had to post that beautiful poem way too many times in the past few years. It brings me to tears every time.

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    HinTN says:

    Yeah, yeah yeah … Dogs kill cats. Happened to me with the dog-of-my-“friend’s” brother. Killed my kitteh. Hated it. Feel for you for an absolute fact!!! Drink heavily – see you soon!

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    So very, very sorry to read this, John.

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    Crusty Dem says:

    Goddammit I’m sorry. I wish I had the words to give some solace, but not today.

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    Daffodil's Mom says:

    Oh John.

    He’s still with you though. You can’t see him or touch him (or Furminate him), but he’s still there, doing all his Tunch things in his Tunch way. He’d never leave you, and he hasn’t, and won’t. And when the shock wears off, you’ll feel his presence. And even smile sometimes. I promise.

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    muddy says:

    After I read this earlier I went outside to take my frustration out on the old fence I’m removing. My neighbor came running over because I ended up on my hands and knees on the ground, just sobbing. He thought I was injured. “No, it’s Tunch” I kept wailing and couldn’t recover myself. He made me come inside and said I needed a drink. I am yelling at this poor guy, “I don’t drink! It’s Tunch, it’s Tunch!”

    Finally he looked at this page to see Tunch and suggested a White Russian with just a drop of orange essence. More crying now because it was well chosen and so I agreed to drink it. I am +3 and still have the gasping breaths. How can losing a cat I never met tear me up like that? Oh, John, I feel for you. It’s just terrible.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I wish I hadn’t had to.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I certainly don’t want to turn this into some weird dick-measuring thing, but, wow, 715+ comments in something like 2-1/2 hours? Just such a great tribute to Tunch. And to John.

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    JMS says:

    What a shock…so sorry to hear this. Tunch was a magnificent cat.

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    KBS says:

    Delurking to say how fucking sorry I am.

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    ninerdave says:

    Jesus, John so very, very sorry. My heart breaks for you.

    Thank you for sharing Tunch with us for so many years.

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    Mike S says:

    Tunch always seemed like my 3rd and now 4th cat. I am so very sorry to hear this. He was a lucky cat because he had an owner who obviously loved him and I was lucky to have seen how that was true. I will be holding my cats a little closer tonght.

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    Alison says:

    Longtime lurker, but your pets are like old friends. Condolences on your loss, Tunch really was an amazing cat.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    I know :-(

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    I’m so, so sorry, John. Tunch knew he was loved.

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    Mitch says:

    Delurking. I’m so sorry. I loved Tunch, and I love you.

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    Gex says:

    My heart is broken. For me. For Tunch. For John. I’m so sad to hear this news. I can’t imagine. Oh my God, I can’t imagine how hard this would be. I’m so sorry.

    ETA: I don’t want to believe it. I just don’t. Wow, 2013 has been a shitty year. I know so many people who have suffered such huge losses. Goddamn it, I’m bawling my head off. Bye Tunch.

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    yvon says:

    i am so sorry for your loss :( i wish you a lot of strength in these hard days.
    losing a pet can be so hard. its like losing your child to some people. it just breaks you :( i hope you get through this. im sure your cat will be happy in animalheaven :) with all the other cats. x

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    hitchhiker says:

    Holy fucking SHIT. One more person here just flattened by this awfulest of news. The sudden deaths are the absolute rock-bottom most fucked up thing EVER, and I just . . ugh. A thousand internet friends in tears are nothing compared to something so stupid and painful and random, but nevertheless here we are.

    When this happened in our family we went around for weeks telling each other that you know it’s something really, really great if it hurts so much to lose it. Loving an animal is really, really great, and you know that because it hurts so much to lose them.

    Making a donation now.

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    Feebog says:

    John: so sorry to hear this. Tunch had a special place in the hearts of many who comment here,

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    Atypicallinguist says:

    John,
    I never read/contributed to the comments, just a front page reader. I’m so sorry for your loss. I always love your pet adventures. Please know that Tunch brought joy to the Internet and to real life.

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    TS says:

    Oh my – so very sorry – I thought that Tunch would live forever

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    Quackerz says:

    Another shocked lurker. Oh sonofabitchinghell, I can’t believe this. Just love Lily and Rosie and know what a lucky little guy Tunch was to have you.

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    raven says:

    John has another post. The verdict is in.

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    Insomniac says:

    So, so very sorry, John. We know how much you loved him (we loved him too). In spite of all the silly talk, we knew he was just one big, soft, floofy ball of love. I hope you find some measure of solace. Condolences, John. RIP, Tunch

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    Katherine says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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    grishaxxx says:

    @John Cole:
    After a suitable period, please, go see those those shelter kitties – you’ll recognize one another. We found our little girl (now 4.5 y/o) only about 2 months after her predecessor, Cobra, had finally lost a long cancer battle. Gary was exhausted from the ordeal, and doubtful about looking for a replacement, but with broad encouragement we went to see who was at the shelter, and then we found a treasure named Panther.
    It will be reciprocal – your future-kitty will know you, too. And it won’t be like Tunch and Zsa Zsa – he’ll look down and Cheshire-grin at the apprentice boss. Bless his chubby heart!

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    RJ in West-of-Fuckall Tejas says:

    I wish I could say something magical and make things better.

    I can only say that I’m so sorry.

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    geg6 says:

    @John Cole:

    I’ve never cried for a cat in my life, but I’ve been crying for a half hour for Tunchie. And for you. You are a mensch, Cole, and you should do whatever feels right. And for my money, this plan is right.

    Dude, I cannot tell how much I grieve with you. Fuck, between this and the news about Stuck, I’ve been weeping too much here lately. Not as much as you though. Totally holding you in my virtual arms, John.

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    CS says:

    My jaw dropped when I read this over at DKos, and then I read how it happened. A terrible suddenness for such a loss. I’ve never lost a pet that way, but I have lost others, and I’m watching my dog now succumbing slowly to bladder cancer, even with treatment. I know and will know again some of that grief soon. Please accept my sympathies.

    It’s good you have others there, pets and people both. We all know how much you loved Tunch, though I’ll admit when I first started reading this blog nine (!) years ago, I didn’t think you really cared for the little (!) puffball. I only figured out the sarcasm later.

    You were good to each other. We were all privileged to witness that. Thanks for including us, and sharing his stories with us.

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    Oh my god.. I’m so sorry.

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    raycharles90 says:

    So sorry, how quickly things can happen. I “accidentally” dropped a nice piece of ham for my dude earlier this evening.

    Keep on being you John

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    gbear says:

    @Diminuendo: Would you please just knock it off with your judgement about the dog? It’s incredibly inappropriate, and not for you to judge. This is Tunch’s thread.

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    Valdivia says:

    just. I have no words. not Tunch. so so sorry John.

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    Jennyjinx says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP, Tunch.

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    g says:

    Oh, John. I’m so sorry.

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    Tokyokie says:

    @John Cole: About a week and a half ago, I rescued a kitten somebody had dumped on a hot (like probably 115 degrees), busy street, and took her to the animal shelter. I wish I’d had a better place to take her (keeping her wasn’t an option), but my understanding is kittens tend to get adopted, if they’re not sickly, and once the car air conditioning got the kitten’s body temperature to a more normal level, she seemed to be doing OK (albeit she was still scared). While I was there, several people came in with adult cats, and I couldn’t bear to look into their pet carriers. These poor animals, who looked like nice enough kitties (they mostly had collars, so I assume they were pets), probably wouldn’t be adopted, and their owners were basically tossing them in the trash, and judging by their attitudes, they didn’t seem too concerned about it. It strikes me like they were killing a member of their family who somehow had become inconvenient. I admire the people who volunteer to work in that environment, and wonder about those who casually dispose of their companions. I know I couldn’t do either.

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    Fuck. I feel sick, and I want to cry. I’m so sorry!

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    raven says:

    Not guilty.

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    pc says:

    terrible news – I’m so sorry to hear it.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Holy fuck, Zimmerman verdict just in: not guilty!

    No manslaughter, nothing.

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    Jay C says:

    Jeez, what a shock: so sorry, John…

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    Cls180 says:

    So sorry to hear. I’ll name one of my foster kittens Tunch in his memory…..

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    eponymous says:

    Sorry for your loss – As a pet owner myself, I know how difficult it is to deal with a death. My wife is a cat lover and brought two cats – a male and female – with her into our relationship/marriage. For some reason, the female cat (“Cornflake” – Flaky for short) decided I was “hers” and eventually I became very attached to her. She died around Memorial Day last year (my wife and I thought that she had a urinary tract infection, but the vet said she had cancer so my wife had to put her down). I was upset, but my wife more so as she had raised both Flaky and “Marble” (the male cat – we call him “Fatboy”) since they were born (the mother had abandoned them, so she bottle fed each of them until they were weened). My wife will likely be inconsolable once “Fatboy” passes away.

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    Memphisj says:

    So sorry about this John.

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    mapman132 says:

    Long time lurker. First time commenter.

    Very sorry for your loss.

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    klokanek says:

    How devastating, John! I cannot imagine this blog without Tunch, so I simply cannot fathom what you must be going through. I’m bawling myself. Long live Tunch!

    Much love from me and my three BJ rescue kitties.

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    Nicole says:

    I’m so very sorry. Terrible news.

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    Joe Scordato says:

    John: My condolences.

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    nineone says:

    Just heard. Damn. No Words. Just Love Big Guy.Hope You Both Find Peace.

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    Platonicspoof says:

    Feeling very sorry for your loss of a great friend, John, but also that much more grateful for your sharing your adventures with Tunch, real and mythical, over the years.

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    Jeanne says:

    I am so sorry, John. When I think of fine fat furry overlords Tunch is always who I thought of…and who I will always think of. RIP Tunch.

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    Maus says:

    Jesus fuck, man. So sorry :(

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    PeterJ says:

    Today has been a really shitty day.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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    Mike E says:

    Just circling back to offer my condolences. So sorry.

    I haven’t had full employment since the end of the last administration, otherwise I’d participate financially in pet rescues which is near & dear to my heart. My oldest sis, a longtime dog person, has switched to that mode of adoption exclusively. Her latest, Dozer, is a great addition to her house of two cats and a dog, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Since Miss E is off to college in August, we’ve decided that I’ll move in and help with her mom’s menagerie of Fluffy, Itchy & Scratchy (a dog surrounded by two cats), plus pay off some bills. I need to be around some critters during these troubled times, while I work towards getting back on my feet.

    Anyhow, thanks for being such a good role model.

    Mike
    +1
    +1
    +1

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    CommishTheFirst says:

    Oh, fuck no.
    John, I’m so sorry to hear this. Tunch sounded liked an awesome cat. I will miss him and your posts about him, a lot. We’ve lost a couple of cats, one after a long illness and one suddenly, and I know it sucks either way. Hang in there.

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    erlking says:

    Damn, John. I’m so sorry.

    That’s all I’ve got.

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    Cookie Monster says:

    So very sorry, John.

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    CapnMubbers says:

    Tears here in Paradise for your loss. Right now there isn’t any “after” and the now is unbearable. Sincere condolences and a donation to marc on the way. Thank you for sharing the High Lord Tunch.

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    the Conster says:

    Wow, just…. wow. What a terrible day in so many ways. RIP Tunch, you magnificent being.

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    Y Marks the Spot says:

    I’m really sorry, he will be missed.

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    Liquid says:

    So we mourn the passing of our mascot and furry friend — A stalwart and uncompromising feline that sunk his claws into our hearts like a catnip mouse. Tunch now ascends into history and may stories of his many and varied antics be echoed throughout the community.

    Our admiration of such a personable cat and his pet human should shine like a candle in the darkness. His fluffy white visage shall forevermore be a reminder that, despite our differences, we can come together over the love and loss of an individual life.

    A hearty hail and farewell to our feline patron; may his passing and remembrance endure as he arrives at that giant tuna factory in the sky.

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    Vegas Broad says:

    My heart’s breaking for you, John. Take care, buddy.

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    cintibud says:

    I feel like I just lost one of my own. So sorry John.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    So sorry John. Took me years to get over the loss of my favorite cat. Hang in there.

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    Goblue72 says:

    May he have an unending supply of Fancy Feast in kitty Valhalla.

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    Heirn says:

    Longtime lurker with few posts, just wanted to share my condolences with you.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @John Cole: tunch was a truly loving, hilarious, remarkable cat. We will all miss him and are sorry for your loss. You are great with animals as only a smart misanthrope can be. grieve.

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    wormtown says:

    I am so very sorry.

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    Karla says:

    My condolences.

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    This is so horrible. I have so come to love that lovey, pretty boy, fluff and all. I can’t believe that after years of your tales of him and all the joy he has brought you and the rest of us, that in one brief moment he could be just gone forever. Just gone.

    No sense does this world make. I am so very, very sorry. It was just too soon for you to have to say good bye to him, John. So Goddamned sorry.

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    MikeInSewickley says:

    I’m crying like a baby as I type this.

    I am so so sorry.

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    soprano2 says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss, John. What a horrible thing to have happen. Tunch pics always brought a smile to my face, and your love for him was obvious. We all have our faves even though we love all our fur children. I lost one of my faves last year to cancer, that was a different kind of awful.

    I’ve got a cat now who insists on going outside, I’m terrified of just such a thing happening to him. If I could keep him in I’d would, but I decided it was better to know he was outside than have him escaping all the time. I know his life will probably be shorter because of it, but it makes him happy to go out, so what else can I do?

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    Gretchen says:

    I can only say I’m sorry too. I loved your posts and pictures about Tunch. It’s harder when it’s sudden and before its time. I lost my beloved Golden Retriever Bosley to cancer in April. One week he was healthy and gorgeous, the next week not eating, and the week after that dead. It was so hard to believe. We only lasted a couple of weeks before we got another dog. He’s not Bosley, but the house isn’t quiet and empty, and a rescue dog has a home.

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    Comrade Luke says:

    Holy shit, I’m so sorry. I don’t really know what to say, but I had to say something.

    I’m just so, so sorry John.

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    So very sorry, John.

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    soprano2 says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss, John. What a horrible thing to have happen. Tunch pics always brought a smile to my face, and your love for him was obvious. We all have our faves even though we love all our fur children. I lost one of my faves last year to cancer, that was a different kind of awful.

    I’ve got a cat now who insists on going outside, I’m terrified of just such a thing happening to him. If I could keep him in I’d would, but I decided it was better to know he was outside than have him escaping all the time. I know his life will probably be shorter because of it, but it makes him happy go out, so what else can I do?

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    serena1313 says:

    Wow! John Iam so sorry. Words are incredibly inadequate at a time like this, but hopefully they will bring you some comfort in knowing how much Tunch is loved and is greatly missed and that you are loved and not grieving alone.

    [As a side note: one piece of advice FWIW: If you start to feel guilty, Don’t. Do not allow yourself to go there. You did nothing wrong. Please remember that because it is so easy to do when overcome with grief.]

    Although his physical body is gone and will be missed greatly, Tunch will never be forgotten. He lives in all of our hearts and will forever & a day more.

    A big hug for you John. Again, my deepest condolences.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Liquid: Well said.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    I got no words, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. They leave such big paw prints on our hearts.

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    bnut says:

    Condolences John.

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    hueyplong says:

    Hoping for a speedy trip to the time when thinking of Tunch calls to your mind days other than today. There were obviously lots of good ones.

    Later we can argue about whether you or I had the best cat ever.

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    Gretchen says:

    I can only say I’m so very sorry too. I loved your posts and pictures about Tunch. It’s harder when it’s sudden and before its time. I lost my beloved Golden Retriever Bosley to cancer in April. One week he was healthy and gorgeous, the next week not eating, and the week after that dead. It was so hard to believe. We only lasted a couple of weeks before we got another dog. He’s not Bosley, but the house isn’t quiet and empty, and a rescue dog has a home.

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    ChrisB says:

    I am very, very sorry.

    A daily lurker for many years.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Fuck. I’m so sorry.

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    DFH no.6 says:

    Losing one of your furry children is always very hard.

    So sorry, John. Been reading you for years now (favorite blog, by far) and I feel like Tunch was partly mine, too (like Lily and Rosie). Your sweet kitty will be sorely missed by many (none more than you, I know).

    Donation to MARC in Tunch’s name, for sure.

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    BigHank53 says:

    Ah, shit. I’ve buried too many cats that died badly, and I wish you hadn’t had to join the club. I’m so sorry.

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    PostScript says:

    I am so sorry John. It has been such a pleasure to read about Tunch and the special relationship he had with you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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    Scotty says:

    Sorry for your loss. Your countless Tunch stories have oftentimes been the most entertaining part of my day. As an owner of many pets, it is always the worst feeling in the world when you say goodbye.

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    Karal Taylor says:

    I am so sorry, can’t stop the tears from flowing!

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    Lorna Elswint says:

    John, I am a longtime lurker who’s just made a donation to MARC in honor of Tunch’s memory. I am so sorry and heartbroken on your behalf.

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    Aunrd says:

    Heart Breaking. Hang in there.

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    Jackie says:

    My heart goes out to you, John. As a fellow cat lover I know there’s nothing worse than losing a beloved friend suddenly. No time to prepare… it’s unexpected and horrible. I’ve donated to Tunch in name of my 19 yr old and 12 yr old kitties. Hugs, Jackie

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    Jim Arnold says:

    My heart goes out to you.

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    MaryRC says:

    I’m so sorry. How awful.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that John.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    I’m so sorry, John. I know what Tunch meant to you. It’s great that he’s saving lives tonight.

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    Sphex says:

    My deepest condolences to you, John. My life, like that of countless others, won’t be the same without Tunch, but I’m grateful to you for sharing him with us.

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    Antonius says:

    Oh God, John, I’m so very, very sorry.

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    Bucky Reynolds says:

    So sorrry for you John. Things keep getting worse for all of us, and then to have lost a dear companion is unbearable. My heart goes out to you and Tunch.

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    mtraven says:

    So sorry for your loss. You made him such a vivid presence for so many people; we are all feeling a bit of what you are going through.

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    Anya says:

    Damn, I am so sorry John. What a shocking news. I am so very sorry for your loss!

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    johnny's mom says:

    I don’t know you in the literal sense of the phrase, but I know your pain, and I am crying too. I have loved Tunch sightings for years. I recently got a furminator for Frankie because Tunch loved his. I came to Balloon Juice around the time you blew out your shoulder carrying Lily in the snow. I have grown to love your little pack. I know there are no words to comfort you, but still, I wish I could say something besides I am so very sorry.

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    Watership says:

    I just … can’t. I wish I had something helpful to say. I feel your loss so deeply, John, and my heart aches for you. I’m sitting here with my littles, Jack, Madaline … and Miles B., a big chunky white cat with sort of a Tunch face except for his orange spot. This is our immediate family, and I know you feel the same way about your trio. We’ll spend any amount of time or money to make sure they’re happy and healthy and safe … and then we can’t control for everything. I know Tunch got 20 years of love in his 12 years on Earth, and you were the best possible Dad he could have had. I’m just shattered for you.

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    Joseph Formichella says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear that. My sincere condolences… I know how rough it is to lose a beloved cat long before its time.

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    InternetDragons says:

    I had to walk away from the computer when I saw the headline. I still can’t believe this really happened to Tunch. He was supposed to be around for many more years.

    I am so sorry. He is so lucky to have had you, John – countless cats and dogs never know even a moment of the love and comfort that filled Tunch’s life every day thanks to you.

    I swore I wasn’t ‘ready’ for a new pet after my wonderful rescued Borzoi died of old age, but here I sit with TWO rescued cats who were born and raised in the laboratory of a veterinary school, where they were used to teach students how to do anaesthesia and surgery. That’s all they knew. Nobody wanted them when their time as teaching tools was done, so they were going to be put down. It just seemed so wrong to do that…so here they are. They’re a little kooky, but have adjusted well and seem to be pretty damned happy here.

    I love your idea of taking in senior cats who’ve been dumped for all those assholish reasons people come up with. I hope this brings you great happiness down the road.

    For now I am sending you many comforting thoughts, and will continue to do so for a long time. Because we all know this isn’t going to stop hurting anytime soon.

    Dog comment follows, so stop here if you don’t want to read it. Making donation to MARC now.

    The dog that did this does, in fact, need to be put down. There’s no excuse to let a pet-killer be in anyone’s household. If they have that sort of temperament they can never entirely be trusted.

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    pat says:

    OMG, I came here from the post about the awful Zimmerman verdict. What a shitty shitty day.

    I am so sorry. I can’t even imagine losing a cat like Tunch in that way.

    **sob** now I have to hug my Susy…..

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    AnonPhenom says:

    John, so sorry for your loss.
    Let us all raise the parting glass. To Tunch.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?fea.....FD5xQVqmAU

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    KithKanan says:

    I really don’t know what to say except that I’m really, really sorry for your loss. I’ve been reading this blog and lurking here for years now, and I’m going to miss that tubby furball and his constant threats on your life.

    It’s amazing how personal a loss like this feels even on a site where I’m not an active part of the community.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    The Mrs. and I are pretty crushed about this. You’d think T was our next door neighbor’s kitty.

    Our deepest condolences, Cole.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    I just now saw the post on the rec list over at GOS & said Whaaaaaat?!?!?!….

    & then fuck….

    As Theodore Roethke might have put it, I have no rights in this matter–neither pet owner nor animal lover–but, but—

    but jeezus h. christ on a harley, that darn cat was family. Old King Cole’s co-Emperor, his beastly basileus, Hardy to his Laurel, Costello to his Abbott…somehow Tunch made this a more human & humane place.

    And family does not go unmourned. Not even by someone with no rights in the matter.

    You’re a good man, John Cole. You’re a better man for having served His Expansive Irascibleness so well & so long. In the fullness of time you’ll find comfort in that…just not yet.

    Best thoughts to both of you.

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    Amy Warren says:

    I’m heartbroken. Tunch, you were one hell of a cat. I’m so sorry, John.

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    Tom Q says:

    Obviously joining a long list, but wanted to be sure my condolences were included. A presence in all our lives, and especially yours. Deepest sympathy.

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    Ron says:

    oh man, so sorry to hear that, John.

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    Older says:

    Well. It’s not a good week. Zimmerman got off. Entirely.

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    ADS says:

    I am so sorry. What horrible news.

    Tunch was a lucky cat to be cared for by you, and to run your life.

    I am going to snuggle with my kitty now.

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    alicia-logic says:

    Mainly I lurk. But I loved Tunch from afar and weep for this loss. I offer my condolences and thank you for sharing him with us, John.

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    Debbie(aussie) says:

    Sorry doesn’t really cut it, but what else can I say. All my love to you for the loss of your ‘special’ family member. Debs [{(hugs)}]

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    anyanka60 says:

    Reading about Tunch was often the highlight of my day. I never knew him, but I fell in love with Tunch through your stories, videos, and pictures. And your love for him was wonderful to see each week.

    I am so very sad for your loss, John.

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    Crza says:

    Losing pets is always awful. Condolences, John!

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    WereBear says:

    What an awful thing. I weep for both of you.

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    Skipjack says:

    I’m so so sorry man. I feel like Tunch wasn’t just your friend or a Balloon Juice mascot but a larger than life character you’ve drawn for us. I have never had a pet and as a kid always wondered if I missed out on receiving some kind of unconditional love, but reading about your love for Tunch and Lily and Rosie has helped me see that it’s about the love you feel for them, and how as you’ve said they have made you a better man.

    I’m shocked and saddened this could happen, I certainly am going to miss him. That this site has in so many ways been defined by its community of pet owners really has kept me feeling like of all the websites that I basically agree with politically, this is the most down to earth, and I think that the start of that is your tales of Tunch. Thanks for letting us get to know him.

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    John says:

    All I can say is I’m sorry man.

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    Mike says:

    I’m so sorry John.

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    KarenH says:

    Another lurker here. Such a tragic loss for you and your family. Tunch was a special cat and I loved your stories about him. I’m currently unable to have a pet and hearing about your animals has somewhat made up for that.

    RIP Tunch.

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    Antonius says:

    I made a donation to MARC for Tunch. So many people are going to miss him.

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    Jeff says:

    Im so sorry John

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    JCJ says:

    Another note of condolences from a heartbroken family. My wife, daughter and I are all saddened by this. My wife reads what I send her and always wanted all the Tunch news, Another $50 for MARC.

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    jon says:

    Hodor: “Shit.”

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    Roxy says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend Tunch. As a gal cat lover, I know the pain and grieve you are feeling for this unbearable loss.

    By reading all these posts, I am truly touched by all the love and concern everyone has for you and Tunch. I wish I could take the pain away that you are feeling right now, but I know I can’t. I can only hope you will reach a stage where you can look back and laugh through the tears.

    Thank you for sharing your observations, pictures and videos of your best friend. Thank you for the many smiles and laugh out louds of Tunch’s exploits.

    Take your time dear John grieving for your best friend. You will know when you are ready to create new memories.

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    SST says:

    Sorry to hear that, John.

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    auntie beak says:

    john, so very sorry for you. i am crying and i never even met tunch.

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    Riley's enabler says:

    Ah, fuck. John, I’m just so sorry. Sending white light and love. Fuck this day.

    RiP, Tunch. Scritches always.

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    Poika says:

    I am SO sorry John. I have lost many pets, but my dad lost his favorite cat (and he’s not a big fan of cats) the same way- only the dog was his own. He was devastated, and I’m not used to seeing my dad, who is a rock, that way. It really hurt for me, as it hurts me to see what you’re going through. Some guy I’ve never met, who touches me with his pet stories. My thoughts are with you. Words are not enough.

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    Janet says:

    I am an avid reader but don’t post. I have to say that this blew me away – I am so sorry for you John. I can’t imagine that happening and it is heartbreaking. Honestly it also makes me angry. I have never felt so much love for an animal I have never met…I am thinking of you and Tunch.

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    Tim O says:

    Just horrible. So sorry John. Hang in there. Hug the girls.

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    Nilnoc says:

    Long time lurker. Moved to say I’ll miss Tunch. Hell of a fine feline. So sorry for you, John Cole.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    RIP Tunch. I will miss you and BJ will never be the same without you. Floofy white kitteh was awesome and full of win. I has a big sad.

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    Frankie T. says:

    (Long-time reader who hardly ever posts)

    I’m so sorry John. What a horrible way to lose your dear friend.

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    bearsense says:

    So sorry. No good way to lose a friend.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Aw, man, Cole. I’m so sorry to hear this. Requiescat.

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    Summer says:

    Tunch was some cat. May everyone’s love help his spirit wend its way onward.

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    RaflW says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, John. Just a terrible day and my sympathies are with you and our BJ community, and now, late in the evening it just gets worse…

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    The Dude Abides says:

    I’m such an infrequent commenter here and yet I feel extremely sad. I love cats and I felt that I knew Tunch. So sorry for you loss, Mr. Cole.

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    Me says:

    Now I’m crying too. I remember when my cat died. He was a lot skinnier but looked a lot like Tunch, even the marks on the head were almost the same. He was also the best cat in the world. He would talk to me in sentences. He followed me around and helped with the housework. Every morning at four he would come back from his social engagements and stand on my chest and look at me and then climb in bed beside me. I know how it feels man. Damn it. I have to go.

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    Mathguy says:

    Gods, that’s awful. Condolences.

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    BarbCat says:

    “Feed Me”. What a horrible day John. I’m glad it was fast – I hope you can forgive your sister. So sorry for your loss.

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    Tomolitics says:

    Oh damn it. I am so sorry, John.

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    noodler says:

    JC,

    My sincere condolences. Hang in there and find comfort in your friends here.

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    SFAW says:

    John, I am so sorry to read this terrible news about your beloved kitty.

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    JS says:

    I’ve been a long time reader and have never posted, but this news hit me hard. I just want to offer my deepest sympathies to you, John.

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    'Niques says:

    There are no words.

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    handy says:

    So awful John. So sorry for your loss. RIP Tunch.

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    Gemina13 says:

    Oh, God, John. I’m so damn sorry.

    Tunch was a wonderful little guy. I always thought he was a beautiful cat, and any cat owned by a military guy would *have* to be a sweetheart. My older brother’s an ex-Marine, and the only cats he ever cared for of mine were both real loverboys who’d purr and cuddle up with him. One was my Lucky, who died last month. :(

    I know your heart is broken. Many hugs for you, and I will raise a glass tonight for Tunch, one of the best damn cats ever.

    ‘Bye, Tunch. You big ol’ goofball, you. Damn it, you’re like every other cat – you left too soon.

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    Jasmine Bleach says:

    Jesus, John. Tunch made this site beyond cool! He is legendary.

    I am so sorry.

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    Tim C says:

    I’m so sorry…. You are a big man with a big heart all I can do is add to the list of people offering their sympathy and support.

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    EmmATX says:

    I’m crying reading this. What a horrible shock. I almost lost my own willful orange and white bastard cat this week, and thought I had, when he got himself locked in a neighbor’s garage for 2 days in 100+ degree heat with no food or water. Hugging him extra close tonight in Tunch’s honor. My heartfelt condolences.

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    farmette says:

    Awful and sad beyond words. I can’t believe it. Tunch. I am so sorry, John.

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    Jo says:

    Knowing for you that Tunch still is and will always be with you. Sending you healing thoughts and joining so many here in this massive collective hug – Tunch will be greatly missed…

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    Really sorry for you. Those who don’t know sometimes make light of the pain from such a loss, but I know that hurt much too well. A virtual hug if that’s okay.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    Not sure who will be reading this deep, but I’ll add my condolences anyway. These creatures touch our hearts, but their lives are shorter than ours, and often more dangerous, as this reminds us.

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    Beckya57 says:

    I’m so sorry. Something similar happened to Kevin Drum’s cat Inkblot. Pet your dogs, that’s the best therapy.

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    vikram says:

    John, I am so sorry. I got to know you and Tunch and over the years looked forward to your updates about the little fella. This is a bad way to go…My condolences, but you should rest a little easy knowing that you always did the right thing for animals.

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    Nylund says:

    I can’t express enough how much sympathy I have for you. mine is on my lap right now and I’m giving her extra love as a result of this news. I hope that, in some way, you may find comfort in the notion that your heartbreak is a symbol of your love, and that as a result, someone else is passing that love on to another kitty in Tunch’s honor.

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    slag says:

    So so sad. So so sorry. Tunch will be missed by all.

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    Medeski says:

    Like so many others, I’m just a lurker delurking to offer my condolences. I was in the other room when I heard my husband gasp and basically scream “No!!!”, and then he didn’t respond. I honestly thought one of his family members had died. I came in and we read your post and cried together and hugged our two little furballs for a long, long time. We’re still crying intermittently, and we both donated to MARC in Tunch’s honor. As another commenter has said, Tunch was a fucking hero who saved the lives of many, many sweet animals. And he’ll continue to be a fucking hero for years. None of that will ever make it any easier, and we are both so, so sorry for your loss.

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    MacKenna says:

    Just heard this news and am stunned. There are no words to adequately convey how sorry I am, John. Your beloved Tunchie was loved by us all and we all mourn with you. I want to believe he’s with you in spirit barking orders, I do. So I will. Damn. :(

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    kideni says:

    There are no words. I am so, so sorry. Tunch was beautiful, and I loved the way you wrote about him. This is heartbreaking.

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    pianoguy says:

    More than 50 years ago we lost one of our childhood cats to a neighbor’s dog, and I still think about it. Words cannot express my sympathy for your loss. Please know that Tunch lives on in the hearts of those who knew him, even if only virtually.

  877. 877
    Jane2 says:

    I’m so sorry, John. Tunch was a king among cats, and you (and we) will miss him.

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    HR Progressive says:

    My favorite cat that I never met.

    I love cats, and all pets. I am so sad myself. Nowhere near John’s sadness obviously, but given the circumstances, pretty high levels.

    I’ll donate as soon as I can, it is the least I can do.

    I’ll miss him as much as a total stranger can.

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    kyril says:

    OMG. I am so, so very sorry.

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    roshan says:

    Bye Tunch. Take care, where ever you are. See you on the flip side. This blog won’t be the same without you. Take care, Cole.

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    John Smallberries says:

    Damn.

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    Mike in Oly says:

    What a horrible loss. Poor Tunch. Poor John. My heart goes out to you.

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    SJAustin says:

    Another long time lurker who drinks his morning coffee out of a Tunch mug everyday. Been crying all day. He will be so missed.

    So very sorry for you, John.

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    Another North Carolinian says:

    Hate it, hate it, hate it. So sorry, John. (Donation sent.)

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    angler says:

    very sorry, terrible loss.

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    S.Irene says:

    Hi John,

    I also had a cat that looked and acted like the great Tunch. So much so that I’ve often thought Tunch might be the same breed.

    (I came to think of Sharkey as ‘the cat love of my life,’ and he died due to some stupid mistakes, first by the medical system and then by my partner and then by me, during a time when I was away to take care of my mother. He had a cancer known to be caused by vaccinations; he recovered against huge odds; and then I lost him due to stupid mistakes and preoccupied minds.

    My grief was terrible. Even now trying to write about it, I just keep deleting. Eventually the best thought I had in order to comfort myself was this:

    Oh, never mind for now. I keep trying to put it into words, but it falls way short of offering you anything that could help. This news is devastating. You don’t know me, but I want to say I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

    -S

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    Big Wayne says:

    Terribly sorry about your loss, John. Tunch will be missed even by those of us who only loved him from a distance through your blog.

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    something fabulous says:

    Oh no indeed. John it seems silly to add anything so late in such a long thread, but I do want to add my condolences as well. Off to make a toast to Tunch in his Obey mug, and will donate when I can– how great of you to think of that, in your own loss. Here’s a drink to your good good boy.

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    Dawn says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss and pain, John.

    Requiescat In Pace, Tunch. We will all miss you very much.

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    PC In Sc says:

    this lurker’s heart is hurting

    so sorry for your loss

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    columbusqueen says:

    I am stunned–when I saw your post, I gasped & started crying.

    Much, much love from me & my four furballs, esp. Miss Kitty–she looks so much like the Tuncher it’s scary.

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    motor1k says:

    I’m so sorry, John.

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    Cain says:

    Oh John.. I’m so sorry. I have tears in my eyes as I write this.
    I know how much you loved that cat. I’ve lost two of mine and one
    just 6 weeks ago to a coyote. The image of you wrapping Tunch’s body
    with his favorite blanket really hit me hard.

    It will be hard to read this blog with Tunch being gone and knowing that
    we won’t be having any Tunch posts. :( Peace be on to you. Godspeed
    Tunch.

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    kevin says:

    John, I’m so sorry. Thank you for sharing Tunch with us.

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    Brian H says:

    Nothing more to add except my own deepest condolences, John, and that Tunch will always live on as the mascot of this blog. Rest in peace, kitty.

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    hg says:

    So sorry to hear this :((
    Take care…

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    black onion says:

    I’m so sorry, I can’t even imagine how you must feel. Cry, drink, grieve and all of that. There are so many people who are with you, and who care. Lots of lurkers popping out of the shadows to say “hey, we care, we’re sorry.” I hope it helps a little. Ever since I saw this post hours ago, I have stayed away because it makes me tear up just seeing it. I never know what to say because death sucks, always. Take care of yourself and your dogs, your family.

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    Meg says:

    My husband and I both love to see the Tunch pictures and read the Tunch stories.
    Now our hearts are broken.
    So sorry for your loss, John.

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    Steve Alcott says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, John.

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    Zenhousecat says:

    Delurking to tell you how sorry I am. Going to go love up my furry beasts.

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    Frivolous says:

    I almost never post here on BJ, but I’m very sorry for your loss, John Cole. Deep condolences. :(

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    Abrxas says:

    Shit, John! I’m just seeing this. I’m so sorry! RIP, Tunch. :(

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    Mel says:

    Goddamn it, I’m really sorry to hear about Tunch’s passing. Though I’m a long-time lurker/reader, I always enjoyed reading about Tunch. He meant a lot to you and, by extension, to us too. RIP Tunch.

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    Montarvillois says:

    Losing a pet cuts deeply. My condolences.

  905. 905

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    Alex S. says:

    Oh dear, I’m so sorry, John…

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    Christi says:

    Oh John I’m so very sorry. My five-year-old just said, “Oh no, not Tunch! Awww, I loved him so much!” So rarely has a cat touched so many different lives. He will be missed very much, and you are in our thoughts now and always.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Just now saw this. Wanted to say I am so very very sorry John. There is a hole in your life that will never be filled. A hole you didn’t even know was there until you first met Tunch.

    Again, so very very sorry.

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    volfan1 says:

    Delurking to tell you how sorry I am for your loss, John. I’ve been reading your blog for close to 10 years, and I’ve never left a comment before, but I felt I needed to give my condolences. This is a sad day, but you should know by all the folks who are dropping in to give their condolences how much you mean to everyone. So sorry for your loss.

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    Roza says:

    So very very sorry. Loved reading the adventures of Tunch.

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    ilsalund41 says:

    I’m crying over a cat I’ve never met, but feel that I knew so well. I can’t begin to imagine how you feel right now, the pain you are going through. I’m so very sorry. I’m just glad that you have Lily and Rosie to help you as you grieve.

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    Gregory says:

    Oh, no! I’m so sorry for your loss, John.

    I hope you find peace and comfort soon.

  913. 913
    Sam Waiz says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    RIP Tunch. We will miss you.

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    Dean says:

    Being a lurker who almost never posts, I’ve just got to say I’m very sorry for the loss of Tunch. You gave him a good life and there’s nothing more a cat could ever want.

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    White Trash Liberal says:

    I lurked here for years before posting. My favorite posts involved Tunch. He reminded me of my first cat Thomas.

    I cry and grieve for your loss. You were both blessed to have each other.

    I am so sorry.

  916. 916
    LS says:

    Long-time lurker and long-time Tunch fan. I’m so sorry. Losing a beloved pet is so hard.

  917. 917
    novum says:

    i am so sorry for your loss, john

  918. 918
    Linda M says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP, Tunch.

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    Sirkowski says:

    What the fuck…

  920. 920
    Mary in Ohio says:

    Delurking to add my condolences. Its always so hard to lose a four-footed child. RIP Tunch.

  921. 921

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    wow, 715+ comments in something like 2-1/2 hours?

    It happens. When I lost my Gracie and wrote about it, I got more comments on that post than any other.

    Pets touch our lives, often in ways people never do. Part of it may be that we’re with them for their entire journey. They ask that we care for them and give them a little bit of attention now and then, and in exchange, they give us their love and enrich our lives in ways beyond measure.

  922. 922
    shirk says:

    Another mostly lurker here.
    I can barely imagine Balloon Juice without Tunch.
    So, so, so, so sorry for your loss, John.

  923. 923
    Paul T says:

    Just want to also share my condolences, John. Tunch was my all-time favorite blog mascot, and I always looked forward to your updates about him.

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    danielx says:

    Ever so sorry for your loss; he should have been with you for years yet. Tunch was one of my daughter’s internet favorites – she’s very distraught, it’s almost like losing one of our cat companions, one of whom is seventeen now.

    He’ll be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge – impatiently, as is Tunch’s way.

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    Spike says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cried my eyes out when I saw this post. I’ve been reading about your animals and how much you love them for so many years. I can’t imagine how you must feel. So sorry.

  926. 926
    Spadizzly says:

    So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

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    njb says:

    Just a lurker here – but I just needed to tell you how sorry I am.

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    Riccardo Cabeza says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  929. 929
    bmcchgo says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss JC. I it is absolutely incredible that the loss a cat that I’ve never met has me in tears right now. I’ve had many a hardy laughs at his antics over the years, probably one of the main reasons I am a permanent lurker. Have a stiff one for me too!

  930. 930
    William R says:

    Utter sadness…

    John the biggest of hugs for you.

    Thank you for sharing Tunch and making him a part of my family.

    You both have had an impact on so many other souls.

    Peace. Love. Healing.

  931. 931
    Dcrefugee says:

    I’m mostly a lurker here, too, and just checked in with my first cuppa…

    I’m so sorry, John. May the memories sustain you.

    DCr

  932. 932
    UYRICH says:

    Been there, buddy and it really and truly sucks. At least he’s at peace now. Be strong.

  933. 933
    canuckistani says:

    I’m very sorry, John. That’s sad news.

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    ThresherK says:

    Condolences from our house. RIP, Tunch.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Oh god.

    I’m so so sorry, John. Words fail.

  936. 936
    pk says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss John.

  937. 937
    Paul says:

    Shockingly unfair. Sorry to read the news. Losing a pet is never easy. Losing Tunch so suddenly and unexpectedly is crushing. My 4-legged crew sends their sympathies alongside my own.

  938. 938
    Chickamin Slam says:

    @InternetDragons: I agree that the perpetrator, Kiwi, should be put down. It is a waste of space. Cole had every good reason to be fearful of that dog but family and all. “Old Killer is the bestest dog evah!” My grandfather had one of those dogs, would attack everyone else in the house but would be “the sweetest thing …” in his lap. We stopped coming over to visit. My parents did not want us deceased. You could not get him to change his mind about that dog … he’d go find his gun. “You’ll take my dog when …”

    Sorry about the loss of Tunch. We enjoyed reading about his adventures. I think my cat secretly wanted to be like Tunch. After hearing this I had to go find her and hold her tightly. She is like … “Wha?”

  939. 939
    pam says:

    OMG. I am so sorry, John Cole.

    I mourn beside you

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    MissBarbie says:

    Delurking again. I’m so sorry. You made such a happy life for Tunch, and he knew he was loved. Please take care of yourself. My deepest sympathies.

  941. 941
    Scratch says:

    I’m so sorry.

  942. 942
    Mike says:

    Never rains but it pours, goddamn I’m so bummed to hear this, cuddling with my Kimba right now and my whole family is so sorry for your loss. Funny stories about him kept me going after my heart attack and the pre-election fear/depression when I didn’t think we could beat the stupid (and now have seen that we aren’t). Deepest condolences and best wishes for you dude.

  943. 943
    Reformed Panty Sniffer says:

    John:

    Very sorry to hear this. I’ve very much enjoyed reading of Tunch’s adventures on the blog. He was quite the character. Having lost a few cats myself, my deepest sympathies to you and the girls … RIP Tunch.

  944. 944

    So very sorry. Loved your tales of his exploits. He was a special guy.

  945. 945
    WaterGIrl says:

    Oh my god, John, I am so sorry. I saw the reference to just when the day couldn’t get any worse and I raced to scroll through earlier threads to make sure your guys were okay. When I saw the news, I blurted out Oh my god, John, No! I am sobbing as if I had lost one of my own.

    My girl kitty came racing over to see if I was okay, and I held her in my arms as I cried, crying so hard that I had to blow my nose on my nightgown.

    I know you’re inconsolable now, only made worse by the fact that it happened in an instant. I am so so sorry. We can’t help with your grief, but maybe knowing that thousands of people love you and all your guys, and knowing that we are grieving with you may help you know you are not alone.

    My thoughts and prayers go to your whole family.

    Sending love your way,

    WaterGril

  946. 946
    DCTechChix says:

    Longtime lurker/reader and I opened up Balloon Juice this morning, scrolled down and was hit like a ton of bricks.

    So sorry for your loss and condolences to you and your family (including your other fur-children).

    Thank you for creating an amazing community and sharing Tunch with all of us.

  947. 947
    beth says:

    john, i’m heartbroken at your loss of tunch. i am so so sorry. i hope the memories of your years together, what a great life you gave him and all the joy you two shared will bring you comfort.

    i hope hearing the condolences and shared grief of the thousands of people’s lives you and tunch have touched help a little bit, too.

    you and your beasties are in my thoughts today. beth

  948. 948
    West of the Cascades says:

    I am so sorry, John. I can’t stop crying either for the loss of your friend.

  949. 949

    […] at Balloon Juice, John Cole is grieving over the death of his beloved cat, Tunch.  As even the most casual reader of BJ knows, Tunch was […]

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    MaryE says:

    I’ve read this blog for so many years and never posted until now. My heart breaks for you. Reading about Tunch always brightened my day (and about Rosie and Lily, who reminds me of my dear, sweet Annie). One of my kids, who is 21, loved to hear about Tunch’s antics, and today I have to tell him the big guy is gone. I am so sorry, John. You are such a sweet man and an inspiration to all of us who love our furry family members.

  951. 951
    Jeff W says:

    John: another lurker finally emerging here — this blog and community are fantastic, been reading for years. Your furry friends are so totally a part of what make this place great – hang tough, you’ll get through this! Thanks so much for all the work you put into this bright corner of the internet, there are definitely way more of us quietly following along than you may realize. Truly, it’s fricken’ great. Condolences and peace.

  952. 952

    Late to the party, but adding my sympathies to the pile, John.

    I’M sad, and I never even met the kitteh.

  953. 953
    Mike R says:

    So sorry Tunch is gone, the loss of a good friend is hard.

  954. 954
    Alan says:

    Holy shit. I’m so sorry.

  955. 955
    MikeBoyScout says:

    Cole, I’m late too. Saw your tweet late in the night and it shook me up.
    I’m sorry for the loss of Tunch and I understand how inconsolable you must feel.
    Try and remember that in the short time Tunch was with you he brought not only you and those close to you joy, but thousands of others as well. That’s some damn remarkable cat! And the two of you made some remarkable team.

    I’m sorry we’ve lost Tunch. His name is how I found your GD blog, being a Stiller fan and all.

    Oh, fk. I have no words worth sheet. :,-( I’m sorry John.

  956. 956
    Hawver says:

    Long time lurker – I’m so very sorry for your loss :(

  957. 957
    Creature says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I still want another cat like my Cyrus, who travelled all over with me, and met his demise in Colorado, at the hands (paws?) of a coyote. I have since got a cat, Hunter (after HST, of course), who is very engaging and loveable. Just not like Cyrus. Know that your loss is lamented by all of your ‘weird little Internet friends’, and we all send our condolences.

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    mattH says:

    Fuck fuck fuckity fuck. I will miss the stories of him so much. I would have cried myself to sleep last night if that had happened to either of my cats.

  959. 959
    StringOnAStick says:

    I’m so sorry.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @John Cole: Excellent plan, John. I have nothing useful or insightful to say (Christ, what are these fucking tears doping all over my face — I’m not a touch typist and I can’t see the keyboard clearly at all now?), but I think rescuing a senior kitty — when you’re ready — is the best thing to do for that lucky cat, for you, for everyone out there who will be inspired by your choice to do the same thing, and for the memory of that sweet, fat, floofy bastard.

  961. 961
    hells littlest angel says:

    Sorry for your loss. The death of an animal companion can be hard to bear.

  962. 962
    snailbiscuits says:

    I am a little late to this thread but wanted to express my condolences. It’s never easy and we raised a beer here in Hawaii last in his honor.

  963. 963
    different-church-lady says:

    No words, John. Just so sorry.

  964. 964
    NadePaulKuciGravMcKi says:

    terrible .. the love of a cat is very special

  965. 965
    Devon says:

    I have avoided reading this until now because I am dizzy distraught and like this is some nightmare that I am going to wake up from. I feel obligated out of respect for you and Tunch, to acknowledge what has happened and to force myself to read what everyone has written. I loved Tunch. He had a larger than life presence and he loved you with a feisty indifference and occupied a large part of your heart. I don’t know how to grasp that it is my dog Kiwi, that I love, who killed Tunch. I still can not believe it as I write it. She has no idea of what she has done and the level of grief it is causing. When Seth met me at luggage claim at the airport and the first words out of his mouth were “Kiwi killed Tunch.” It took everything I had to not pass out and throw up and to comprehend what he was saying. I feel gutted and heartbroken that my actions set off a chain of events that led to the loss of Tunch, and I am never going to forgive myself. I am never going to stop wondering what if. I have feared for years how I was going to be able to console you when something ever happened to Tunch and the fact the I played a role in it is something that I truly don’t know how to deal with. I am sorry beyond any words and I feel powerless to replace the massive hole that you now have in your heart. I love you and I am so, so sick, sad, drained and sorry.

  966. 966
    Skippy-san says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Damn.

  967. 967
    Vivianna says:

    I’ve been a lurker here for many years and have only commented once.
    This is heartbreaking news. I cannot express how sorry I am for you and how much I will miss Tunch and the wonderful stories about him.

  968. 968
    ulee says:

    @Devon: I am so sorry for you and John and your family. Nobdody meant for this to happen, and if Kiwi knew that it would make everyone so sad he would not have done it. He’s just a dog. My thoughts are with you all.

  969. 969
    Emerald says:

    @Devon: Devon, not really my place to say, but if I were you I’d go over there and give John a huge hug and sit and cry with him. You loved Tunch too.

  970. 970
    jenn says:

    @Devon: Hugs to you, too!

  971. 971
    avalie says:

    So incredibly sorry to hear this. He was much loved and will be much missed…

  972. 972
    TooManyJens says:

    @Devon: Oh, honey. I’m just so sorry for your whole family.

  973. 973
    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Oh wow,.. no words for this. I am so sorry for you John.

  974. 974
    meepers says:

    Just another lurker who literally gasped at this headline. Please remember that you gave everything to Tunch, that handsome, princely cat. Please don’t beat yourself up for this, and know that you gave him a loving home.

  975. 975
    Chris Grrr says:

    John, my heart hurts for you.

  976. 976
    Ted & Hellen says:

    OMG, Cole, I just heard/saw this.

    Best, most powerful hugs on earth and beyond to both you and the Tunchster.

    Words absolutely fail, but I believe the spirit prevails. Tunch is with you forever.

  977. 977
    I_D_Inuse says:

    Tunch you will always be the conscience of internet. You knew right from wrong and what really is important. RIP Tunch and the General will be there. Keep heaven real… you two old realists. Do not allow any fundie from any cult near the gates.

  978. 978
    worn says:

    Late to the proceedings as usual, but damn, my head is just reeling from this news. I am so terribly sorry for your loss, John. You’re deep love for Tunch was so very evident all through the many years I’ve been coming to this joint. I can’t imagine your pain, but just wanted to say there’s at least one more of us out here in the ether sharing a small portion of your grief.

    Hang in there, at least as well as can be expected…

  979. 979
    gypsy howell says:

    Donation made in Tunch’s memory, and for the loved ones he left behind- John, Lily and Rosie. I know it hurts so bad. May you find joy again in your life, when you are ready.
    — Gypsy

  980. 980
    West of the Rockies says:

    Have that cry, John… have a few (or more than a few) alcoholic beverages. For what little it’s worth, please add the thoughts of yet another internet stranger to those wishing you solace.

  981. 981
    Mary says:

    I broke out in tears when I saw this and my heart broke for you, John. Please take care of yourself and know that we all loved Tunch too, very much, even though we had not met him. Greatest cat ever and such a handsome dude. RIP and sweet dreams Tunch.

  982. 982
    Violet says:

    @Devon: Devon, my heart aches for your whole family. It’s a tragedy for all of you.

  983. 983
    Rathskeller says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this. RIP, Tunch.

  984. 984
    Fluffy says:

    Nothing more I can add to what’s already been said.

    So Sad.

  985. 985
    Mike Quinlivan says:

    I’m so sorry John; so incredibly sorry.

  986. 986
    Skig8r says:

    Oh man, I just saw this. I’m so sorry. Take care of yourself.

  987. 987
    SectarianSofa says:

    Crap. Fucking great cat. So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you, JC; hang in there.

  988. 988
    Don says:

    My condolences.

  989. 989
    dm says:

    I’ve never posted here before, but must add my condolences.
    I loved all of your Tunch stories and the funny comments the folks here used to make.
    Cry as much as you need to for as long as you need to.
    We are here to help. Please take care of yourself.

  990. 990
    Epicurus says:

    Dude, i am so sorry. Just saw this on TBogg’s site. My heart goes out to you.

  991. 991

    […] Tunch is no more. I still can’t believe it and I miss him though I have never seen him. I first clicked on Balloon Juice during the 2008 election cycle following a link from Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish. I came for the commentary, smart, funny and incisive but stayed for Tunch. The magnificent white kitteh with flaming orange tail, was Balloon Juice’s Ceiling Cat. I was an unabashed Tunch fan demanding Tunch photos and Tunch cams. He never failed to bring a smile to my face.  I will miss him and his cattitude.   {{{{John}}}*elebenty. Headbonks and purrs to you furry fella, wherever you are. […]

  992. 992
    Charles says:

    Man that sucks. We’re here for you John.

  993. 993
    Cheryl Simeone says:

    I’m so sorry John. Tunch touched many lives, we were all lucky to have loved him from afar and you were the luckiest to live with him. Thank you for sharing his life with the BJ community.

    I once lost a pet due to an accident while I was traveling. My friends who were taking care of her were devastated. But “it was an accident.” No one is to blame. Dogs have no (human) moral compass, Kiwi did a dog thing and has no clue if it was right or wrong.

    It’s heartache though. Tunch was a great cat.

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    Csbella says:

    I’m so sorry John. Tunch touched many lives, we were all lucky to have loved him from afar and you were the luckiest to live with him. Thank you for sharing his life with the BJ community.

    I once lost a pet due to an accident while I was traveling. My friends who were taking care of her were devastated. But “it was an accident.” No one is to blame. Dogs have no (human) moral compass, Kiwi did a dog thing and has no clue if it was right or wrong.

    It’s heartache though. Tunch was a great cat.

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    LongHairedWeirdo says:

    Oh, hell, John, I’m so sorry. I’ve had the semi-good fortune that my last two cats died after extended illness, so I had time to ready myself.

    I know there’s nothing to say, but you have my prayers and best wishes.

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    Another_Bob says:

    So sorry to hear this tragic news, John. It’s a sad thing about furry friends: their lives are so short compared to ours that embarking on a relationship like this always involves having to say goodbye way too soon. Anyway, bless your heart for being such a kind and loving person. Tunch couldn’t possibly have had it any better, owner-wise.

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    mainmati says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news – all the worse due to a sibling’s pet. I’m sure your brother and sister feel awful and I hope you will find time to mourn with them. Meanwhile, Tunch’s spirit is now part of the galaxy. RIP to Tunch and Big Hugs to John.

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    Heywood J. says:

    Such horrible, tragic news. Please accept my condolences. RIP, Tunch.

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    John Cole says:

    @Devon: I love you, Devon.

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    Zirgar says:

    My sincerest condolences on your loss.

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    Redshirt says:

    Good vibes to the entire Cole clan. You’re all good people, and you’ll all do right by each other.

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    alopecia says:

    I’m only an occasional lurker here. Never felt the need to comment until now.

    You loved Tunch the way cats deserve and he paid you back tenfold with love and joy, as only our furry family members can. He couldn’t have had a better human and you couldn’t have had a better cat.

    Condolences to you and everyone who knew Tunch.

  1003. 1003

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  1004. 1004
    Gex says:

    @Devon: Devon, I wish you peace. I do not feel you should be so hard on yourself although I know it is only natural to do so. Please be gentle with yourself. I’m just so, so sorry that you are all going through this.

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    […] it made me very sad. I tried to explain it to a normal human being today and while he was very sympathetic in terms of […]

  1007. 1007
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Devon: You will get through this. It may not look like it now, and it won’t always be easy, but you will get through this. Family is everything. Hugs.

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    Vishnu schist says:

    Very deep in this post John, but I had to offer my condolences. This has made for a very depressing day. I know all too well the pain of losing a beloved pet. Two years from losing my beloved dog Tumbie, I still find myself choking up if I think to much of him. I wish you peace brother.

  1009. 1009
    TEL says:

    @Devon: [[Hugs]] Your brother loves you dearly, and he doesn’t blame you at all (as he’s written in a later post), so try not to blame yourself – difficult as it is right now. It’s clear in your comment how much you care about your brother. He’s fortunate to have such a wonderful and caring sister. [[Hugs again]]

  1010. 1010
    Thoughtcrime says:

    John, I’m so sorry about the tragic loss of Tunch.

    Please take solace from the outpouring of love and concern from all of your loved ones and your online friends. We all mourn with you, and will miss his presence.

    It will take some time, but eventually you won’t dwell on Tunch’s untimely passing, but will cherish your fond memories of him.

    He was bigger than life. Now he is legend.

  1011. 1011
    Stentor says:

    John, I am so sorry. I feel terrible, I just found out this minute reading some of the other blog posts. I always felt like you were the counterweight to my presence on the East Coast with your little white Tunch & me out here on the West Coast with my little black Sneakers, because we had so much in common, both military veterans who had felines who loved to sleep next to our heads. I was looking forward to coming out there to meet you in person to pet Tunch & show you pictures/videos of Sneakers so that you could see what an adorable lump of feline joy he was to me. I feel so bad that I didn’t find out sooner, I fell asleep on the couch last night & didn’t check the blog before I went to bed. I know you’re inconsolable right now, but I just want to tell you that my heart is breaking a little too now, knowing I’ll never get to meet him.

    I have to go wipe my eyes now John, I hope you find another special little one just like Tunch because we all know that there are just too many of them out there, & we need to save as many as possible with good homes. I’ve been wanting to get a second kitty ever since Finley was lost to me over 4 years ago during a move, so I’m going to adopt a new friend this month in honor of Tunch. It is my sincere hope that others will be moved to do the same. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you in person one of these days.

    Take care,
    Stentor

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    Cain says:

    @John Cole:

    Goddam I teared up reading that. Mostly because I think I know enough how much emotion went into that sentence.

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    Stentor says:

    Her, I meant her. I knew Tunch was female, but my fingers didn’t obey my brain, & I went back to edit it, but the damn edit function froze up on me, & the timer ran out. Sorry.

  1014. 1014
    J. says:

    OMG, I just read this and feel awful for you, John! So so sorry to hear about Tunch. I do not even want to imagine what you are going through (having two cats whom I adore and could not live without). Balloon Juice will not be the same without the big guy. Much sympathy and a big hairball. Here’s hoping Tunch is in a place where people don’t make fun of his weight.

  1015. 1015
    Di says:

    I read every day but haven’t commented before and am delurking to tell you how shocked and sad I am about Tunch. I lost my own Tunch-like kitty 14 years ago – twice as long as he was in my life – and I still miss the guy. So, so sorry for your loss.

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    Chaplain Weasle says:

    Oh f**ing f***! I am soooo sorry for your loss.
    I’m sitting here in a waiting room crying my eyes out for you & Tunch. I’m sooo sorry for you… even as a Chaplain who helps people with death, loss & mourning, I still lose my shit when I lose someone I care about – and I’ve become attached to you and Tunch & Lilli, and I am sad for you & feel sad & loss too. Tunch is definately in the kitty version of Valhalla, lounging & feasting, as he has brought so much happiness to all of us & esp. you John. Sorry.

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    Stooleo says:

    My God, so sorry for your loss John. Poor Tunch may he rest in peace.

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    Jacquie says:

    Oh fuck. I was away from the internet all weekend and just read the news. So, so sorry, John.

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    Blue Neponset says:

    I am so sorry John. Tunch made a lot of people happy.

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    eclare says:

    So, so sorry John. A friend who is a frequent commenter told me this on Saturday, and I swear I was so stunned I couldn’t talk for several minutes. I tried to comment over the weekend, but I guess the site was too busy for my antique computer. I am so so sorry. Tunch touched a lot of people, including this girl in Memphis who shed some tears over the weekend for a cat in WV that I never met.

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    Sasha says:

    I’m so sorry, John. :(

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    Lex says:

    I’m so sorry, John. Tunch made me smile almost as much as my own cat, Tracy, does.

  1023. 1023
    Chasm says:

    I know I’m late, but I just caught up with my weekend feed and FUCK! I am at work and bawling. !?! How could this be? So sorry, John… of course we all knew what a sweetie Tunch was. We found our little bundle of love, Sanders, thru Annie and we can’t thank you enough for featuring animals and rescue stories here. Tunch was an awesome cat, and he will be in your heart, and ours, always.

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    John Mc in NC says:

    Just checking in after a few days off the webs and I am crushed for you, JC. Tears in my eyes as I write this. I am so sorry, words cannot say. Felt like he was my cat too. You are a good person, John, and deserve the best in life. So, So Sorry. Hugging my kitty a little harder today.

  1025. 1025
    Nowhere_Girl says:

    So sorry to hear this news John – not what I expected to read while catching up with what I’ve missed over the past week :( He was a beautiful cat with a beautiful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Christine says:

    I’m so sorry. One of my favorite cats was killed by a pack of dogs in front of our house. You’ve just lost a family member, and I’m so sorry :-(

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    Anna in PDX says:

    OMG I just saw this via Tbogg. I am so sorry JC, I loved your pictures of him and he’s one of the main reasons I keep coming here. So very sorry.

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    Dan from Fairfax says:

    John, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I really enjoyed reading and seeing pictures of Tunch. :-(

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    Sharon says:

    John, I am so sorry, so very sorry for your loss. Tunch was a great cat and you two shared that something special. I have been out of circulation with a nasty case of the flu and just found out and am devastated for you. Sending you comforting thoughts and will keep all of you in my prayers.

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    Legalize says:

    Oh, man, Cole. So sorry. :(

  1031. 1031
    Stentor says:

    @Stentor: Fuck, I am such a moron, I have got to stop posting when I’m half-asleep. I got Rosie confused with Tunch for some idiotic reason while I was sitting there in the darkness of my bedroom horror-stricken because of what I was reading. I knew Tunch was male, but I thought I had made a mistake so the second-guessing began on my part.

    Sorry John, I’ve been thinking about him all day, & getting a little teary-eyed in the process. My co-workers must think I’m a little strange. I’ll send you a picture of Sneakers so you can see why I always thought of him as the yin to Tunch’s yang.

  1032. 1032
    ImJohnGalt says:

    John, I’ve been around the blog, mostly lurking for a long time, and while I’m not a cat person, have been devastated at the loss of a pet. I missed a few days of blog-reading, and when I saw a future post intimating that Tunch was gone, I scrolled back to this post. I’m literally weeping at my desk as I read this and your subsequent posts. None of us deserve to lose a pet, but then, none of us probably deserve the unconditional love they give us, either. I’m so very very sorry for your loss, and hope that Rosie and Lily will give you some comfort in the days ahead as so many little things will remind you that he’s gone. You’re a good man. Tunch was a great cat.

  1033. 1033
    SamInMpls says:

    FUCK.

    I’m so sorry.

  1034. 1034
    Mike says:

    Long-time reader. So sorry for your loss.

  1035. 1035

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  1036. 1036
    lawnorder says:

    Oh my God, I am so sorry! Tunch didn’t deserve this, neither did you!
    My own cat died in 2011, after 15 years of being my purring pillow. Me and the kids still miss him, but it does get less painful in time. And you can even smile at good memories after a while. You were a great “dad” for your Tunch and he lived knowing he was loved and catered by his favorite human.
    Hang in there John, if there’s a God you will meet him again someday :)

  1037. 1037
    xian says:

    still miss Tunch

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