Let’s Not Forget!

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It’s here with a white furry vengeance (with maybe some pink paws and a pink nose and an aftermarket tail), and you know you want to get yours. So do it. And then buy one for your pet crazy friend. And then one for your pet friendly family. Because if there is one thing I have learned, pet lovers travel in packs, just like their brood.

*** Update ***

The old Tunch videos make me laugh every time I watch them:

The funniest thing is that compared to Steve, Tunch is just so teeny tiny looking. Steve is just so much bigger. Tunch had the big belly and all, but Steve has him by at least 6 inches in length, and the long hair just makes him look so much more massive. I guess I never realized how much of Tunch’s size was his straight up catitude.

And it’s ok to get a little moist in the eyes when you watch the Tunch videos. I did, but only in the most German way possible with a slight moistening in the corner of my eye before biting into apple cake.

42 replies
  1. 1
    Yatsuno says:

    The ranch is a freaking menagerie, but Mom has a tradition of horse calendars. Myself, I need to see that the pay situation is okay before I go out spending wildly. I should be in some kind of pay status, but not sure what.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    The warm fuzzies that video gives me just might help me be able to get to sleep.

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    Yatsuno says:

    Oh yeah: proper authoritahs alerted. Also. Too.

    with a slight moistening in the corner of my eye before biting into apple cake

    Apfelkuchen is always good for what ails ya.

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    piratedan says:

    like we’d forget Tunchie, sheesh…. all of my cats still reside in my heart (dogs too, ‘natch), I think the calendar is great and the fact that this is a labor of love for you and the blog just means it will endure.

    now its bedtime and a follow up appointment with the doc… down 65 pounds so far, many more to go….

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    James E. Powell says:

    I want to say something snarky in response to the phrase “in the most German way possible,” but in the context of a recollection of Himself the Cat, it just wouldn’t be right.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    catitude and a couple of donuts.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Let’s burn down a telephone pole and go play on the farm.

    Bob Dorough – Better than Anything

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Ah, there’s my Tunchie all fat, happy, and handsome! I smiled and teared up as I watched the video, and I actually laughed at his sassy meow. I shall be ordering my calendar forthwith, Cole.

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    geg6 says:

    Ordered. Anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

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    NotMax says:


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    Poopyman says:

    Is this thing on?

    Just waiting for the impending snowpocalypse to hit the DC area (4″-6″). Fed and local govts, schools and colleges all closed already. Nothing has started falling yet except the temps.

    This local weather clearly puts the lie to climate change, also too.

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    Josie says:

    @piratedan: Congrats on the 65 pounds. I’ve been wondering how you were doing. Obviously, quite well.

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    Lurker says:

    Ah! His Tunchitude in all His Splendor! That kitteh was bigger than life.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I love looking at still pictures of Tunch, but I can’t do the video yet. Too soon.

    I also have audio recordings of my father that I have not yet been able to listen to — he died in 1984. I’m a little sensitive.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:


    Just got up, fed the housecat and took a peek outside while she ran some sprints around the apartment. No snow so far here in Falls Church. I’m going to go to the grocery in a bit and get some victuals, then hunker down for the duration.

    Bro’ man just got back last night from 11 days in Brazil and is going to have a shock to the system. Heh.

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    Punchy says:

    “Catitude”? Fo riz? I see why mating has come difficult for you….

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    JPL says:

    I’ll order two calendars today in honor of all pups and cats. Watching Tunch’s workout videos always bring a tear because he was such a cool cat.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    I did a google search and there’s a birthday themed doodle, I didn’t know they did that. It’s number LIV for me.

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    mai naem says:

    Day 2 for Scarbo and Mika belittling ZImmer. Nicole Wallace didn’t really join the pile up which makes me wonder if Nicole knows more about Christie’s personality and believes that Zimmer may end up being the truthful one.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @mai naem: Maybe she just realizes what an embarrassment it should the day come that Christie takes a plea deal at a corruption trial.

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    JPL says:

    @mai naem: Thanks for the update. Yesterday I streamed the show and decided to take today off. Joe is just a smug prick,imo.

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    JGabriel says:

    Just been reading about Hollande’s affair. I know I shouldn’t laugh, but this is one of the least deft political walkbacks I’ve ever seen:

    Mr. Hollande never married Ms. Trierweiler, even though he described her in an interview with Gala magazine in October 2010 as “the woman of my life.” By the following February, he had curbed his enthusiasm. “The sentence was maladroit,” he said. “I should have said, ‘She is the woman of my life today.’ ”

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    TS says:

    @mai naem:

    Day 2 for Scarbo and Mika belittling ZImmer. Nicole Wallace didn’t really join the pile up which makes me wonder if Nicole knows more about Christie’s personality and believes that Zimmer may end up being the truthful one.

    You didn’t listen long enough – from what I heard Nicole hit the Mayor more than Mika

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    Hawes says:

    Nice musical accompaniment.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Missouri is doing some first class “he needed killin ” killing:

    Questions about Missouri’s executions go beyond the method. On Dec. 20, federal appeals judge Kermit E. Bye criticized the state for executing Nicklasson before his appeals could be heard by the full 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

    “Missouri’s past history of scheduling executions before a death row inmate has exhausted his constitutional rights of review, using unwritten execution protocols, misrepresenting dosage levels for drugs used in lethal injections, and providing unfettered discretion to a dyslexic physician to mix the drugs and oversee its executions, has earned from this federal judge more than just a healthy judicial skepticism regarding Missouri’s implementation of the death penalty,” Bye wrote.

    How bad is it? Republicans want to hold hearings.

    Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability, said last week that the charges were serious enough that “somebody ought to be asking questions in an official capacity at a public hearing.”

    But don’t worry, I;m sure nothing will come of it:

    In 2005, a federal judge temporarily halted the state’s death penalty after the surgeon in charge of a three-drug protocol testified that he was dyslexic, sometimes confused numbers and did not follow written procedures. A Post-Dispatch investigation revealed that he had also had faced disciplinary issues and multiple malpractice lawsuits, and made false statements in court. The Legislature responded by making it unlawful to reveal the identities of the execution team.

    Better watch out Texas.

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    Ash Can says:

    What a treat to see a video of Hizzoner Da Tunchmeister first thing in the morning! He will forever reign posthumously over this site, even as his very worthy successor(s) reigns over it as well.

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    Baud says:

    Obama to meet with the Pope in March. Hopefully, they’ll discuss deregulation and tax cuts.

  28. 28
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: You forgot child abuse.

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    RoonieRoo says:

    Thank you for putting up the reminder, I got my calendar ordered.

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    xjmueller says:

    John, I’m disappointed in you. You didn’t set the video to autoplay. We now have to complain about your other shortcomings. I did like the soundtrack though…

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    rk says:

    I just heard Chuck Todd interviewing Hailey Barbour. Couldn’t stand more than 2 mins of listening to that disgusting POS. Summary- Mayor Zimmer is an unstable fan of Christie (she sent tweet after tweet praising Christie in 2013) and is a liar. I was reminded of the Glen Close character in Fatal attraction. Can they seriously be heading in this direction?

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    geg6 says:


    There’s some more of that famous GOP outreach to women!

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    dexwood says:

    Ordered two yesterday. Can’t wait to get them. One of my dogs on the May page, the other in June.

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    kindness says:

    Fat Man In The Bathtub With The Blues. Funny. You have good taste in music John Cole but I suspect your meaning wasn’t all that hidden and somewhat deeper than just good Little Feat.

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    kc says:

    Aww, sweet baby.

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    phoebes-in-santa fe says:

    Just ordered two, one each for AliceObama and RobinObama! I don’t know what page they’re on because I can’t seem to get on to the calendar site, but they are the tabby and the tuxie, on top of a small table, looking outside at a bird’s nest.

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    ADS says:

    Ordered. Think good thoughts for the feral colonies I feed during this brutal week of weather in NYC.

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    Jade Jordan says:

    I understand your Tunch obsession. I do not understand mine. My daughter was away at College and I didn’t tell her about Tunch’s murder because I knew she would be upset and would have no one to console her.

    Still, I really miss the fat cat. she was Regal Perfection.

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    catperson says:

    Aw, Tunch. Cole, I’m still sorry for your loss but so happy you have Steve.

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    MikeInSewickley says:

    I miss that guy and so happy you found Steve. Tunch would be pleased that a cat is still running the Cole house.

    And I ordered 2 calendars so far but plan on more. Money well spent.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Hi there’s my Tiger in March! Yay!

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