You Guys are the Best


You guys are the best, seriously. I just got an email from Evelyn at MARC:

Hi John,

Just heard back from MARC in just 24 hours, BJ folks have made over 250 donations totaling over $7,750 dollars and donations are still arriving…They will give me another update total tomorrow.

They are so very grateful for the generous donations that they so desperately need.

And what a testament to you and Tunch from the BJ folks and how much they care for you.

Thanks again so much,

The idea that Tunch’s untimely and violent death is going to save so many animals and give so many cats and dogs the opportunities to live in loving forever homes has sparked another round of tears, but in this case, happy ones. I can’t than you all enough.

Thanks to the other Evelyn for the great picture of Tunch.

138 replies
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    Yatsuno says:

    Love the picture. And love the help MARC is getting. My help will have to wait until next pay cycle (FY Repubs) but I will kick in what I can.

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    smith says:

    That’s awesome to hear. I’ll be donating once I get paid later this week.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I am proud and happy to have been a small part of this incredible total. And, let’s face it, chances are I wouldn’t have otherwise donated to MARC until the holidays. Tunch lives!

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    LT says:

    Gah. This roller coaster is too much.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: July 14th: Bastille Day and Tunch Day. Let it be so.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @efgoldman: Some of us (JPL and I, for sure, maybe others) noted that it’s hard if not downright impossible to find a place on the donation page where you can indicate that you’re contributing “in honour of” or “in memory of.” I know I, and I’m pretty sure JPL, sent separate emails to MARC requesting that they made sure our donations were to celebrate the Great and Awesome Tunch. But maybe there were some that didn’t get through. I’ll bet, when all is said and done, the Tunch-related contributions will be north of $10K, easy.

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    @Yatsuno: Every Thursday can be Tunch day.

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    Judith Tarr says:

    Just got the news. Sent a donation.

    DAMN. That was a world-class cat. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    So let it be written….

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    Brian says:

    For you tunch. For you

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    Wings? Tunch deserves a jetpack.

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    Violet says:

    What a wonderful tribute to Tunch and to you too, John. So glad to hear such sadness can give way to such hope. That picture is just gorgeous. Exactly as I imagine Tunch is.

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    Emerald says:

    That is a great pic, and an amazing likeness. And yes, the MARC donations are probably larger than that. I just checked the RIP thread–it’s up to 990 comments.

    I have not yet made my donation, as I won’t have an actual income for several months yet. However, when I have some change (even if I don’t) I will at that time make my donation. I will not forget. I’ve got all the links.

    Tunch is a hero. (And so are you)

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    SealDeal says:

    Loooong time lurker. Just donated in memory of Tunch. May he rest forever in peace…and tuna.
    Much love John.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @zombie rotten mcdonald:

    With frickin’ lasers.

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    Violet says:

    @Yatsuno: Would Tunch like “La Marseillaise” played for him? It’s very stirring.

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    Violet says:

    @dr. bloor: Pew pew pew!

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    Bort says:

    Done. There are so many animals suffering, so I’m glad something good will come out of this.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Violet: Tunch deserves no less than his own anthem commissioned for him. And it must have more verses than the Greek National Anthem.

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    gbear says:

    @zombie rotten mcdonald: Floofy tails and jetpacks are a bad match. Just sayin’.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, that’s wonderful! I donated what I could (that is, not very much, thanks a lot, slow-paying clients), but if there’s a whole lot of us donating even a little, it does accumulate. $10k or so will buy a LOT of kibble.

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    Jackie says:

    We lost a cat in the same way a few months ago. As per usual, I stuffed my emotions and kept together. Then I read about Tunch and lost it. Finally the tears. Grief for two. It gave me some comfort to donate in memory of both. And there is always a good reason to give to animal rescue groups anyway.

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    Scott S. says:

    MARC got a donation from me today, along with Planned Parenthood of Texas and the NAACP. I should also send some checks to the CBLDF and the HERO Initiative, but I’ll have to wait ’til the mailbox dries out a little…

    (And yeah, that’s an amazing, beautiful pic of Tunch.)

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    Emdee says:

    It was Tunch’s slothful and domineering life that has already led to the so many animals entering their forever homes, and what happened yesterday will not even slow that down.

    If that cat knew how many kitties and doggies he saved, he’d have demanded to eat only fresh virgin narwhal. And then he would’ve just knocked it onto the floor for a confused Rosie and Lilly.

    I said it, I meant it: Tunch is a goddamn hero. We need that word under his Shep Fairey-like portrait.

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    Larkspur says:

    I just clicked over from making a donation there via PayPal. I figured there’d be a decent Tunch bump, but it’s more than decent – it’s kind of awesome.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    And, no lie, when I first looked at the small version of that lovely illustration, I didn’t see angel wings, I saw the flukes of a whale’s tail.

    NOT A FAT TUNCH JOKE: I just thought I was seeing a picture of a whale taking Tunch for a ride before my eyes finally interpreted things appropriately.

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    Arclite says:

    Was at Kailua beach yesterday, and took a break from the kids to go to the restroom and check BJ. Top story: RIP Tunch. So shocking and so sad. Not even a beautiful day at a beautiful beach could fix my mood after reading that. My sincere condolences, JC.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Comrade Mary: Whatever you are on, will u share naow plz?

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    Pogonip says:

    I wish Lord Byron were with us to write Tunch a tribute of the quality he deserves, but since he isn’t, the best I can do is the following, not doggerel, but catterel:

    We gather here to mourn for Tunch
    Who loved grumpy John G. a whole big bunch
    Tunch also loved to crunch and munch
    His dinner, breakfast, and then his lunch
    “Great cats” comprise a whole big bunch
    But the best of them all, we think, was Tunch.

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    Tara the Antisocial Social Worker says:

    I’m glad it’s bringing you comfort, John, and those rescued animals will bring joy to other lives as well.

    Hugs to you and the dawgs.

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    MikeJ says:

    Friday the 13th fell on a Saturday this month.

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    Arclite says:

    @Pogonip: That’s awesome.

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    the Conster says:

    I just can’t believe the whole thing. What a horrible weekend, and I don’t understand any of it. I guess that other needy critters will benefit – thanks MARC – but why couldn’t Dick Cheney have met a woodchipper or something? Why Tunch? Aaaaaargghhhh!

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    John O says:

    What a terrific picture! Should be worked into the masthead if you ask me, by someone who can do those things.

    And what great, impressive news. Did some loose math…call it 1000 comments on the RIP thread, many no doubt repeat customers, but for the sake of simplicity and to catch the stragglers who got the news later, figure 250/~1000, which is just a spectacular rate of participation. $10K is very realistic, and that is real money.

    Warms my heart is all it does.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    … and that was my first FYWP for ages.

    /waves at Yutsy

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Comrade Mary: Did you use the old nym? AFAIK it’s still despised by FYWP.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Yatsuno: No, I did an @[current nym] like I’m using now.

    EDIT: Yep, that worked. Let’s just call it FYWP and be done with it.

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    I donated through PayPal and dedicated it to Tunchie in the ‘special message’ section. Even in his death, Tunch will continue to do great things in helping other animals. Love this pic.

    @Yatsuno: Thanks, hon, for letting me know.

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    Punchy says:

    How is your sister taking this? Im guessing she’s loaded with guilt. I cannot imagine the guilt if one of our dogs caused such an event on a family friend. Hope she’s OK….

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    Phoenix Woman says:

    Glenn Greenwald was tweeting the link to your post John, so I’m betting that helped as well. That was a stand-up move on Glenn’s part, and I don’t always see eye to eye with him on things.

    By the way, here’s a video of a little kitten who was rescued at Victoria Station in London:

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    quannlace says:

    Damn, now I’m starting to cry again.

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    Constance says:

    What a beautiful picture of Tunch. Still very sad about his passing but it’s so great to know how many other animals he will be helping. A mighty cat!

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    Pogonip says:

    I almost forgot. Tunch’s death was mentioned on Daily Kos.

    I firmly believe he is spilling over Saint Francis’s lap even now. (Tunch, that is. Not Kos.)

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    melissaD says:

    Just when I thought I had cried it out, I open BJ to the graphic of Tunch Angelic and the news of the phenomenal fundraising which followed the news of his passing. What a marvelous boy to inspire such responses. He is Hero Cat whose global plan maybe can give you solace even in the horror of his passing.

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    beabea says:

    @Jackie: Your comment could have been written by me, in every detail. Same thing with my cat a few months ago. Then yesterday, a torrent of tears that seemed out of proportion being for a cat I only knew from the internet. Except they weren’t.

    The big, floofy fellow has helped so many animals, and will now help countless more. But I think he also helped at least a few humans in unexpected ways.

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    ceece says:

    Just had another good cry, for Tunch and for MARC and for my own Best Cat Shayna, gone 3 years now.

    Shayna was a tiny but fierce kitty on death row at the Los Angeles shelter, feral and crazy with everyone but me for a long time. She helped me survive my own darkest times, and we had 14 excellent years. I still miss the way she would slowly take over my whole pillow every night.

    Take your time with your grief, John, and know that Tunch inspired a lot of good in you and in the world. Through that, you two saved a tremendous number of other animals as well. I would definitely like to see a “HERO” mug with Tunch’s face on it!

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    Angela says:

    Love this drawing of Tunch, long live Tunch.

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    That is what I was thinking, I know that John’s first instinct would have been to kill the fucking dog, but the fact that the dog belonged to his sister has put a whole bunch of fucked up emotions on him. How could you kill the dog when it belongs to your sister who obviously loves it? I cannot even imagine what he is going through.

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    RedKitten says:

    What a lovely picture and an even lovelier legacy. It’s amazing to think of all of the love we had for Tunch manifesting itself in the love that so many dogs and cats will get to enjoy in their new forever homes.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    We should definitely consult with Edna on this, she’s an expert on functional fashion for superheroes like Tunch.

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    West of the Cascades says:

    Amazing outpouring of support for MARC, which also gets proceeds from the Balloon Juice store. A a hoodie saying “Tunch is watching you” felt like the right thing to get today (I’ve never owned a hoodie before, and I hope wearing this one will be a reminder of how much we need to change our system of justice and system of gun fetishism, not to mention a beautiful white cat).

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    SoINeedAName48 says:

    Great picture! Great cause. And now I’m weepy again – some joy for what Tunch has generated, some sadness for Tunch’s passing.

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    wmd says:

    There’s a quote from Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s cross time saloon series that fits this community:

    Shared pain is lessened.
    Shared joy is increased.
    Thus we refute entropy.


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    Dee Loralei says:

    Loved that pic by Evelyn. And wow, that’s a whole lot of Tunch and John Cole love we’ve sent MARC’s way.

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    MikkiChan says:

    I just found out and donated. I am so sorry. Words can’t express, but I understand and so wish I did not.

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    The Dangerman says:


    I firmly believe he is spilling over Saint Francis’s lap even now.

    He was, but sushi grade tuna is at the bottom of every hour there and, you know, priorities and all.

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    MomSense says:

    Wow, the generosity of this community is just amazing. Thank you to everyone who is giving to MARC. I just can’t do it right now because my old poopy dog is needing extra care right now but I am just blown away by all of you!!

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    HeartlandLiberal says:

    Truly sorry for the loss of Tunch.

    I could not help but tear up reading John’s account of his burial. My beloved Frodo the cat, who died about four years ago after 17 years as the ruler of our household, is buried in our backyard, in the back of a plot that I have seeded and grown with wildflowers. We can see it from the kitchen. He rests there beneath the small tombstone of a child from the late 1800’s, which I have carted around for over 35 years. Some juvenile delinquents I was in charge of at a residential program in Nashville, TN, at the time, vandalized it from somewhere, and we were not able to determine where to return it, and they would not fess up or claim responsibility. I found it dumped outside the residential quarters after my night shift. Frodo rests beneath it now, wrapped in the pink soft blanket he spent his final couple of weeks sleeping on, and on which he died while we were holding him.

    I hope John has some idea of how much he is respected for his unvarnished and open expressions of his love for his animals. I consider such emotions the sign of a good and decent human being, a state that would produce a better world for all if it were more the norm.

    I just chipped in $20 for the MARC. A good cause.

    I tipped my evening scotch double to Tunch. May others do the same.

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    JCT says:

    Just imagine all of the good from such a terrible accident. Tunch’s memory will make a difference in so many animal’s lives. And their lucky people.

    Nothing beats turning tragedy into legacy..

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    SIA says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I had the same problem. I sent a note that the donation was in honor of LORD TUNCH and GENERAL STUCK. Sounds rather 18th century. I’m so glad to hear about the amazing outpouring from folks around cyberspace. Tunch and John are truly loved.

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    Alison says:

    I have little to spare, but I kicked in a few bucks. I like supporting smaller local organizations like this – they really need every dollar and get as much out of it as they can.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Mine is being mailed — so the total isn’t final . . .

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    Michele says:

    I gave MARC some money in memory of Tunch and in honor of John. Then went to the two rescue organizations from which I got three of my four cats (the fourth doesn’t take online donations) and gave to them as well.

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    Nina-the-first says:

    Angelic, impish Tunch, still the the spirit of place. A donation to MARC, for the animals there and the people they will join… sort of Tunch’s/JC’s/BJ’s little Indra’s Net, which I’ll think of as Tunch’s Net.

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    NCSteve says:

    I just tossed a few bucks at them, without noticing there a way to say it was in memory of Tunch, as well.

    I’m not enough of a regular here to qualify as member of the family–mostly, I’m a creature of TPM–but I’ve lurked for years and comment on occasion so I at least qualify as one of the neighbors you wave at as they drive by and chat with about lawn care with on occasion. And this has really just hit me unaccountably hard.

    I had to put down my senior girl last winter. In 1998, as an adolescent mother to be, she picked my apartment to have her her kittens in 1998. It wrecked me for weeks, so I’m really feeling for Cole. But this has reminded me of my promise to give the Three Weird Sisters she gave birth to under my desk almost as much petting as they think they need.

    So long, Tunch. Hang in there John.

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    Jackie says:

    @beabea: Ya gotta wonder about our ability to shield ourselves against the full feeling of a loss. John seems able to go there and get it out. Good for him.

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    Flying Squirrel Girl says:

    Crying all over again…this time, tears of laughter. This really is a special place.

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    raven says:

    I used paypal and there was a place for a note. I also sent them a short email but the bottom line is that it’s not that important to me that I know it went to a specific pot. The point is to honor the cat and John.

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    @Comrade Mary: Tunch is being a carpet seal in the thread downstairs.
    I made Tunch a lol tribute.

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    Suzanne says:

    I can’t donate right now, as Mr. Suzanne’s balance of contract is almost gone (vet bills for saving our Zellie kitty were high, and the A/C just went out in his car….ACK), but I will send some dough as soon as he goes back to work.

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    raven says:

    @Suzanne: I didn’t even think of Lil Bit’s specialist bills last week! HALP! :)

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    Mrs. Polly says:

    Forgot the note! But here’s to Tunch and his Big Wings. Great illo, Evelyn.

    And John, Strange wants you to know he sends his sympathies and thanks you for your help when he and his kitties needed you. Blessings.

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    April Bowden says:

    John, I am so sorry about Tunch. What a lucky boy he was to have such a dedicated owner with a great sense of humor for his antics. You are a great storyteller and make us all feel that we knew him intimately. We at MARC are so grateful that you are thinking of the homeless animals during such a sad time. We will put every cent to good use, and will come up with some way to honor Tunch specifically.

    Rest assured that we will make sure all donations this weekend are in honor of Tunch. Its been a few weeks since we actually got a donation, so we know for certain that all the donations coming in are in his honor. :-)

    Thank you all!

    April Bowden

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    Mike in NC says:

    Sweet picture. Wife’s sister had three cats and when she passed away we were able to find somebody willing to adopt them all. She also collected silly “cat angel” prints, but they seemed very appropriate whenever we’d lose one of our furry friends.

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    billgerat says:

    Giving to MARC is good, but don’t forget your local Humane Societies. They need help as well. Most all my animals have been adopted from the Humane Society, and I give them a donation out of every paycheck I get.

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    Bailey says:

    Oh fuck. I’ve been away from computer all weekend and what terrible news to come back to. From a mostly lurker, I’m so so so sorry about Tunch. It made me squeeze my own cat a little closer and he totally hates that.

    I will make a donation to MARC and best wishes to you, John.

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    David Koch says:

    1. John do you have any kitty photos of Tunch you can post?

    2. Marc Maron wears a shit on his show “Boomer Lives!” in honor of his cat. I think “Tunch Lives!” would be the great basis of merchandise (shirts/poster/calendar/mugs) to fund future animal rescues requests.

    3. From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry. We all loved The Notorious C.A.T.

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    InternetDragons says:

    I keep thinking about General Stuck and Charlie, his little lap dog.

    Something tells me Stuck has a lap full of floofiness right now. It just seems right.

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    MacKenna says:

    I love the idea of the legendary badass Tunch with wings and a halo. May his days be filled with Tuna on Demand…

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    gbear says:

    @billgerat: I was thinking the same thing. All three of my cats have come from the Twin Cities Animal Humane Society. I just paid out my whole paycheck plus some savings to pay a pile of bills, so I can’t afford to donate this month, but I will try to get some donation money to them before the year is over. I was just on their site and they have a box to click if the donation is in memorial to a person or pet. I’ll remember Tunch when I make the donation.

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    hilzoy says:

    @efgoldman: What efgoldman said. I couldn’t figure out how to explicitly credit Tunch, but figured the important thing was that I did donate, thinking of him.

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    @MacKenna: He has probably taken over and installed himself as the Ceiling Cat.

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    Faux News says:

    John: My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved pet Tunch. My beloved cat Taz died at age 13 and was killed by a neighbors dog. That was in 2000. I still miss Taz but I know I will see him again. You will be reunited with Tunch some day. I am sure of it. I will donate money to MARC in Tunch’s name. You are not alone. Please know that.

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    erlking says:

    Lost another good friend earlier this week. My brother’s 13 year old German shepherd, Otis. His back legs had been a misery for the last year, so it was a mercy, but, still.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    I opted for a local donation instead. I stopped by Petco to get kibble for my overlords and was greeted by a sign that the shelter we adopted the Twin Terrors from was in desperate need of dog food. So we bought them a bag of the good stuff, in lieu of sushi-grade ahi.

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    Faux News says:

    @quannlace: Me too.

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    CaseyL says:

    @billgerat: Very good point. I just sent some $ to Seattle’s Humane Society as well.

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    MattR says:

    @billgerat: A very good point. About to go make a donation to MARC as well as a local rescue group.

    John – Once again, I cannot express how sorry I am to hear this news. It is a testament to both Tunch’s spirit and your storytelling to see how many people are as moved as I over the loss of a cat they have never met, owned by a man they have never even spoken to.

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    trollhattan says:

    Super outcome to an unthinkable event. Proud of all y’all (why the hell am I still all weepy and stuff?)

    We’re hosting a pair of budgies for vacationing friends this weekend and I’m keeping Extra Close Tabs on the princess of the house, who has a very strong hunting instinct. Cautionary tale and all.

    Admittedly, she doesn’t look like much of a threat but what does a bird weigh, an ounce?

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    lojasmo says:

    Can this be right? 250 balloon juicers have donated an average of $300? Somebody really skewed the data.

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    trollhattan says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    If so we pray it’s a very strong ceiling.

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    David Koch says:

    For those who loved General Stuck, his spirit and words live on at his blog.

    And of course, there’s Charlie!

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    John O says:

    @April Bowden:

    Bless you for the work you do, and thanks for the note.

    Tunch lives, indeed.

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    Lokahi says:

    Finally got PayPal to function for me, so have added a tiny amount to MARC in tribute to Mr. Tunch…who, by the way, looks like a supersized version of one of our Feline Leukemia cats, Annabelle, at Austin Pets Alive!

    Also…just a totally awesome and beautiful image, Evelyn.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @trollhattan: Dalmatians don’t have the strongest hunting instinct. Then again, she’s a dog, and a budgie makes a nice light snack.

    @lojasmo: There was a calculation once that BJ has about three lurkers to every commenter. So if you account for some of those who never talk weighing in then it fits better.

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    farmette says:

    The great cats and dogs live on. The love they gave and received moves about after they leave us and makes us better angels in a sense. My dearly departed tap into my days and dreams keeping me aware that life is an opportunity to give. A glass raised to Tunch and to you John. Now is a time for sorrow. All the best.

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    Suzy Q says:

    John, I am so very sorry about Tunch. He was a beautiful cat. May he rest in peace. And may you find comfort. I don’t say much, but I read BJ daily. I am truly sorry for your loss.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Love the Tunch Angel illustration. Kudos, Other Evelyn.

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    trollhattan says:


    It just happens ours had an extra helpin’. Even the trainer was like, “Whoa.”

    It’s what happens when you adopt from the Krazy Dalmatian Laydee in the Denny’s parking lot just off I-5.

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    erlking says:

    @John O: There needs to be a “Tunch lives!” t-shirt, ASAP, proceeds to benefit anything John wants. #MyMoneyLetMeGiveIttoYouNow

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    khead says:

    Been pimping Tunch all day on FB. I hope some of my heathen friends get the hint and drop some coin.

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    muddy says:

    I sent off for the Tunch Feed bag. I made a commitment to myself that I will fill it each week for the local shelter. My kind of totebagging.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    Good things may come from tragedies if good people do good things.

    FYI, Cole has changed his twitter avatar to a sweet photo of Tunch.

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    Svensker says:


    You math-fu is off a decimal point, friend. :)

    Kudos to the BJ Crowd and the Mighty Tunch.

    And one good thing — the more annoying trolls have disappeared during all this empathy and fellow-feeling. I’d prefer to have the trolls back if it meant that Stuck and Tunch would reappear too but at least we can get some good out of the terrible.

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    @farmette: Yeah, it might be base sentimentality on my part, but I believe that nothing good is ever truly lost. There are the happy memories that we have that stay with us to our own passing.

    And I think if there is an afterlife, they’ll be there waiting for us wondering what took us so long and when we’re going to feed them.

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    CAS says:


    7750 divided by 250 equals an average donation of $31. Damn, I’m below average. Let me go fix that.

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    eemom says:


    There was a calculation once that BJ has about three lurkers to every commenter. So if you account for some of those who never talk weighing in then it fits better.

    Also too, tons of people who identified themselves as usually lurkers came out on the RIP thread yesterday to offer condolences.

    Really is rather awesome, what JC has built here.

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    billgerat says:

    Something I just found while looking elsewhere:

    Surprisingly affordable. I lost my dog Claire to cancer, and I wish I had heard of it then. Not every animal death can be prevented, but this would help.

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    @InternetDragons: I was thinking the same thing, InternetDragons.

    It’s amazing at the intensity of emotions this has brought out in all of us. We love Tunch as much as we love John Cole.

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    amk says:

    Sending $100 equivalent to Blue Cross, the local animal care center, in my parts of the swamp in memory of the fat cat. Never got to know the story of why you named him Tunch.

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    Chris Grrr says:

    @erlking: YES. If not one with Evelyn’s fine artwork here, I need a “Tunch Lives!” t-shirt…
    Glad to be able to give something to MARC.

    A cat that big casts an impressive shadow.

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    […] am too depressed to talk. Between the sudden death of Tunch, the George Zimmerman acquittal and a strange turn of events in my family, I feel a little broken. […]

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    John O says:


    Really is rather awesome, what JC has built here.

    John got me here, and John keeps me here; ironically, he’s not as much fun for me when he’s happy because he writes rage and disgust so well, but most of all this is one of the few blogs I have left after lo these many years, and the ONLY one I ever comment on. (Unless something bad happens to TBogg!) Generally, I lurk.

    This blog speaks for me. FPer’s and most of the commenting included. It is cathartic.

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    erlking says:

    @Chris Grrr: Someone with more talent than I needs to make it happen and to put me down for the first X-Large.

    Tunch lives.

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    MattR says:

    @amk: Amazingly, if you currently google “Tunch” you have to scoll down a bit past references to the cat to find a link to his namesake.

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    Zelma says:


    I haven’t been online since yesterday afternoon and just found out about Tunch. Like everyone else, I am devastated. Tunch was the spitting image of possibly the favorite of all the cats I have owned over the years, Foxy. (Well, to be honest, Foxy wasn’t quite as fat.) I loved hearing stories about Tunch. He had such a personality.

    All of us who have lost pets know what you are feeling, but I think it is much worse to lose one so suddenly. You have my sincere sympathy. And my suggestion – get another cat ASAP. That’s how I survived losing all my babies.

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    p.a. says:

    Wonderful pic. I donated without a memorial yesterday, then downed bottle of Duvel in memory of Tunch and his wonderful, scary glower.

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    Alison says:

    Folks have mentioned giving to local humane societies and shelters too, which is definitely a good idea, and you should also ask if they can use donations of goods. My local shelter posts their wish list on Facebook, and once a month or so I try to drop stuff off – cat and dog food, beds, toys, but also regular items like laundry detergent, trash bags, batteries. Helps keep them stocked up without anyone having to find time to go to the store.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    @MattR: I bet Tunch Ilkin is just fine with that. And Tunch is such a fine name for the Internet’s favorite feline.

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    jl says:

    Thanks for sharing the good news about the donations.

    And thanks for posting a few of Tunch’s best/worst moments and pics

    As as I read the sad news last night, one of the first things that ran through my mind was the exploits of the infamous Tunch and Rosie gang. A wicked and resourceful gang with no mercy, and who were lucky enough to be become partners in crime in the household f the perfect, perfectly helpless and hapless mark.

    And today I see a post recounting one of their best capers.


    Edit: if it makes things better, feel free to post from the Tunch Archive as the spirit moves you. I will enjoy it.

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    Lokahi says:


    My local shelter posts their wish list on Facebook, and once a month or so I try to drop stuff off – cat and dog food, beds, toys, but also regular items like laundry detergent, trash bags, batteries.

    OMG, thank you for this…it feels like we’re in a constant crisis over shortages of mundane stuff like paper towels, bleach, hand sanitizer…and cat litter. Litter. And litter…

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    RaflW says:

    We celebrated our family dog’s birthday on Bastile Day. He was an adorable American Eskimo x unknown mutt. We named him Fairbanks. He lived to about 14, was with us from weaning (from a neighbor’s litter) till that sad trip to the vet in ’89.
    I’ll pop over to MARC to commemorate him and Tunch and all the beloved furry friends.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Tonight is bill-paying night. MARC is in the queue.

    Laettner has been acting strangely all day. Somehow, I think she felt the disturbance in the kitteh-force and is mourning Tunch.

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    Alison says:

    @Lokahi: That’s what my local folks say! They run out of stuff every day, and it can be hard for such a small staff to find the time. I kinda want to find someone with a Costco membership so I can get them a big old tub of detergent and a box of like 8000 trash bags :P

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    Emerald says:


    Something tells me Stuck has a lap full of floofiness right now. It just seems right.

    I love that image!

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    Arclite says:

    @Phoenix Woman:

    Glenn is a huge animal lover himself. He has something like ten dogs, and all of them are rescues.

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    2liberal says:


    sorry but your math is off by one decimal place. average donation is about $30

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    Wendy says:

    Tunch brought me to this site and it was here where we found our current cat Cheeto in a rescue post last year…..who btw is doing great and we love her dearly. Many pets and owners lives has been touched by the BJ community and Tunch. Quite a legacy. Donation to MARC complete.

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    Chaplain Weasle says:

    I will donate to MARC in Memory of Tunch, and I just want to let you know July 14th is now Officially Tunch Day, as Chairman Meow has declaired it so.

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    Chaplain Weasle says:

    Also, I’m praying to all the Cat Dieties (including Tunch), asking for them to send you the right kitty at the right time in your time of loss to help you make it through with as few heart scars as possible… and because nothing helps healing like soft fur & a loud purr.

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    Chaplain Weasle says:

    Sorry for the dopplepost, but I wanted to add/edit:
    Also, I’m praying to all the Cat Dieties (including Tunch), asking for them to send you the right kitty at the right time in your time of loss to help you make it through with as few heart scars as possible… and because nothing helps healing like soft fur & a loud purr.

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    Jebediah says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    Very nice.. and true!

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