Figured I owed you all a Tunch update. Nothing has changed:
He was actually making so much noise cleaning himself (purring and licking and purring and licking) that I turned around and got the first picture, and then Lily walked into the room and distracted him.
Also, don’t forget about the Balloon Juice store, where you too can purchase your own Tunch gear (all proceeds go to Charlies Angels)!
Oh my god oh my god oh my god! I love you, Cole! Behold, the magnificent Tunchie! He warms the cockles of my dark and cynical heart, he does!
Tunch can haz blankit to lay onz.
(if daddy will wash it and put it on the couch)
Watch out, I hear Obama was bad-mouthing fat cats the other day.
Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! He’s gorgeous and he knows it. Deal with it, bitchez.
(also, that is some lovely paw porn, sigh)
One of our greyhounds has taken to licking herself to the point of developing a hotspot on her leg. Unable to cone a sighthound and a muzzle being too restrictive, we placed a girl’s shirt (with shorter sleeves) on her to prevent further lickage.
So I order pizza last nite, and even the goddamn pizza guy clowns on me about it. Says my dog looks “ghey”. Couldn’t even stick up for her, for fear of what they might do to my next ‘za should I cause trouble.
I just had my S/O bookmark the Balloon Juice store for all his and the kids’ Mother’s Day shopping needs. Can never start shopping for Mother’s Day too early. I suggested he start with a DIAF mug filled with chocolates.
Rajah Tunch looks magnificent. So perfectly groomed, fluffy and impressive. Cuddle, cuddle [NOT]
The Democratic candidate for KY Senator (Jack Conway) is on Hardball – seems pretty intelligent compared to the GOP numbnuts.
Lady, I like the way you think.
Tunch is looking mighty handsome.
Max the wheaten is very loud when he licks himself. Fortunately, one “knock it off” from me and he stops.
How sad is my life? I actually brushed my hair today with his dog brush because that is all I could find in my purse. Such is the life of a dog person.
How many days (weeks?) does it take for Tunch to completely clean himself?
That cat looks sooo much like my cat…its uncanny.
@Punchy: Try organic apple cider vinegar. It cures everything. Use it topically and if you can mix with some canned food she can take it internally. Wish I’d know about this when my yellow lab spent his latter years chewing himself to pieces.
Toby wonders if Tunch has a Facebook page.
@SIA: Thanks! I will certainly give it a try!
Tunch sure is purty……still think my Kippie might be girthier.
@jeffreyw: Aw, that is so cute! We should set up a BJers’ animals Facebook page!
He looks bored now that Helicopter Harold has closed his clown show.
How old is Tunch and how much does he weigh?
Tonguech, you’re adorable! (Don’t tell him I said that.)
@Mike Kay: Did you hear helpful Helicopter Harold trash Gillibrand and the rest of the Dems on Morning Ho today? So helpful of him……sure the Democratic bosses he complains of appreciate that. Hope they show him how much…….since they are from Chi town and all.
@cat48: Like McCain, he has such a sense of entitlement. Since he never did anything in congress, I can only think his inflated sense of self-worth must have been built up by the Village media who adores turncoat Dems.
Semi-OT, Tunch may soon be weighed in a possible new metric prefix called “Hellakilos“.
@ksecus: Need photo evidence, please.
@Mike Kay: Yep, Joe and Mika and all their friends encouraged him to “go for it.” Called him “the next Senator from NY.”
That is one massive meringue of a cat. Sheer whipped goodness.
@freelancer: Hella sounds too much like the existing unit, the Helen, usually used in millihelens, the amount of beauty needed to launch one ship.
@LuciaMia: There you go. Best description I’ve read of him yet.
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One thing has changed. We won’t be bugging you for more Tunch-Cam for at least … 24 hours or 4 new posts, which ever comes first.
@Mike Kay: If the first number is anywhere close to the second number John needs to call the Guinness world records – World’s oldest pets division.
Tunch isn’t fat. He’s big boned.
I almost managed to say that with a straight face.
After three days with the flu, that is making me feel better.
Thanks John, I needed that.
How much I do adore your cat, John Cole. ***sigh***
My little (ha) Scout is quickly approaching Tunch-esque dimensions. Just charming as all get-out, it is.
I ♥ that cat.
“All fluffed up and ready to g…awww, who am I kidding? Zzzzzzzzz.”
Tunch: The Fluffinator.
@Mike Kay: THANKS!!
The fur on Tunch’s chest just looks like fluffy, plushy delightful softness, doesn’t it?
<3 the Tunchinator! Thank you, John.
I ♠ my cat.
That second pic is particularly endearing. Gives me a real desire to “pile upon the cat’s white hump the sum of all the general adorableness and love felt by my whole race from Adam down; and then, as if my chest had been a mortar, burst my hot heart’s shell upon it.”
Of course, while I enjoy a few fat cat jokes as much as anyone (e.g., “I eeted her“), I have to admit that my own kitteh has become a l’il . . . well . . . chunky around the hips, over the last year. Just a little extra weight, really, that she wears really well, actually (it just puts a little more sashay in her stride, people!), so I suppose there’s only so much fun I can poke.
I 8 my cat.
Tunch is balm for the soul after a two-hour inane faculty meeting. My Tunch mousepad gets me through the day — he hypnotizes me with his beauty and makes up for the fact that there are no cats in my office.
That’s one thing I miss from work. I miss my KC. She’s a good cat and I enjoyed spending time with her while i worked.
You had a cat in the office? That sounds great. I’m sorry about your losing your job. I hope things get better.
I guess I could have my cats in the office, but they wouldn’t like it one bit.
@18 asiangrrlMN, I’ve never given joining Facebook the slightest consideration, but a BJ pet facebook would be AWESOME!
You have cockles? Who knew?
Hot off the CafePress press tonight, tile coasters! Tunch’s FEED, Lily, Bitsy, and one of the two logos are up. (Ahab took some interesting poetic license with “Hot air and ill-informed opinion“, so we’ll have a little do-over on that one.
Have you tried the inflatable Elizabethan collars? They’re not appropriate for some injuries, but if they are, they’re a whole lot more pleasant for the dog than wearing a lampshade.
It’s like painting the Golden Gate Bridge — never stops.
@Laura W: Tunch is a star. I love the coasters. I was going to wait until next month to order since I just paid for a crown (ugh) but now I’m reconsidering.
I use a metal dog comb on myself because there’s no static and it feels good on my scalp. Haven’t spotted a metal comb for humans so far, though I assume they exist.
Tunch is most handsome.
We have a poodle in our office. It’s the boss’s dog – cute little thing named “Sydney”
Yeah, it’s hard for me to picture a cat taking to all the activity around here during Tax Season. Would probably just go hide in a corner and snooze as much as possible.
Now during the off-season a cat might be OK with this place – the pace is much more languid.
BTW – robertdsc – Also sorry about the loss of your job.
Bad Horse's Filly
…and Tunch makes all things better. Although it’s been a nice day, 59 degrees, short work day, nice walk (okay, too lazy to ride today). Loaf of bread rising so I can bake it tonight. So handsome Tunch was just icing on a pretty good day.
Yeah, keep your distance, little dog. You don’t want to be within sitting range.
One of my cats has a lesion at the base of her tail which the vets and I have tried to treat through meds, has not worked very well – I am having it removed tomorrow – whatever we have tried, it works for a couple of weeks and then she starts working on it again and it starts bleeding
Anyway, the point of this post is I am dreading her wearing the collar, looking at me like “why the hell are you doing this to me? what did I ever do to you?” Ten full days of feeling like the worstest mom in the whole world
Need support, advice, help!
@harlana peppper: Wear one yourself in a show of solidarity.
@harlana peppper: I couldn’t take that look from Max when he had to wear it (can’t remember what for). I was a bad mom and took it off him way too early.
However, considering I can’t even remember why he was wearing it, it would appear my lack of will didn’t have much impact.
Ooh, yay, coasters! I need coasters, several of them. Why, in fact, my coasters need coasters. You can never be too safe.
Some friends who knew I was going to be laid up shortly for ankle surgery, and therefore dependent on hubby for lots of things, sent me a pair of undies with Tunch on the front and the word “Obey” right under him.
It’s worked pretty darn good so far!
Tunch is hoping mr. whipple’s Punkie will sit next to him to make him look svelte.
We ae so F**ed
So – 10 Billion for unemployment is bad. However – 128 Billion for the oh so oppressed ruling class estate tax relief is another matter. You know – was Madame Guillotine really so bad?
Maybe this is an opportunity to expand the BJ product line — a collar with a picture of Tunch and “Humans Suck” on it. At least you could feel like your kitty can express herself.
@MikeJ: I’ll have the vet measure me for one :)
This is a difficult one. I, too, took the collar off one of my cats early because she just hated the damn thing. Maybe some extra kitty treats??? Cats are worse than dogs when sick. For one kittie, we had to give him pills and a shot daily for several months. We still have the scars.
Love the Tunch pictures, especially the second one. He seems to being telling us that John stretches the truth — see how sweet and gentle I am. It is really John who is difficult to live with….
I thought we agreed to not do this in public anymore!
Much like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, the process never really ends.
@harlana peppper: I’m still waiting to see a picture of our host post op wearing a cone.
@gnomedad: Can you imagine Cole’s quality of life if Tunch ever had to wear one of those? And then, what happens after the collar comes off? ((shudder))
Wonder if I can take the collar off some of the time, like when I put her on my lap, wonder if that would be counterproductive
@gnomedad: Bastard! or Great minds think alike, not sure which. I’ll get back to you on it.
Plz tell peeps that Republiskumz are throwing tantums over 10 B for unemployment while at same time they are trying to give themselves 138 B in Estate Tax exemtptions. I haz a sad.
Great bastards think alike.
i love him
Oh you gorgeous little beastie you…love that cat.
Woo hoo! Mark Udall has signed the public option letter. We are into the thirties, right?
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Heh, knowing his master well, Rahm throws Obama under the bus first.
This is going to be a great year of finger pointing.
Oooh, big soft mushy kitty!
You know, all in all, he’s been pretty mellow about having a doggie move in with him, hasn’t he? At least, John hasn’t recounted any bench-clearing brawls, walls getting kicked in, or furniture through windows that I can recall.
@demo woman #51
You had a coronation?
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@harlana peppper: Um … There’s this guy, who I hardly really know at all. Yeah, that’s it.
Anyway, this acquaintance (who is NOT me) had a cat who needed surgery. So he sewed a couple of little robes to avoid the whole lampshade collar/being clawed to death thing.
It worked. And the look on the vet’s face was priceless.
So I’m told.
Well, they do make those inflatable Elizabethan collars in some pretty small sizes, and you can find them in the cat section, too; it might be worth checking out. They seem pretty tough, so if the nails are trimmed, they might work fine.
@SGEW: Tunch looks like he ate Jenny, the Geico gecko and the cavemen too
@80 kommrade reproductive vigor. You are adorable.
As you probably know already, the go-to diagnosis for recurrent sores like this is “allergies”. If switching the cat’s food hasn’t helped, and you’ve already stopped using commercial cleaning products on your floors / bedding etc., is there a lotion or cream you’re using that the cat might be licking off your skin? (Sounds weird but for a ‘sensitized’ animal it doesn’t take much.) The other off-the-wall suggestion… some 25 years ago we had a neutered male cat who kept licking sores on his belly, and the final cure turned out to be hormonal. Don’t remember the details, but if Arik didn’t get his birth-control pills twice a week, he’d go back to frenetic hot-spot-producing grooming. One more thing to suggest to your vet if the excision doesn’t solve the puzzle.
@kommrade reproductive vigor:
What an awesome idea — little kittie robes. We could make a fortune — or sell them through BJ, with Tunche’s picture around the collar. If the robes have strings, the kitties would be to occupied to worry about their sores. Hours of fun…
I love that second picture of Tunch. My cats used to do that. It’s the “I’m chillaxin’ but I can still swing on you in an instant–just get close enough because I’m too comfortable to move” look.
My cat gave me a heart attack last night by staying out. Usually he’s asleep curled up at my feet snoozing or grooming. I bawled him out about it this morning and of course all I got back was the innocent “What?” look.
Iz no mah kitteh, but is cute kitteh that will be seeking revenge on whomever tossed him in snow:
Want Tunchie plushy! That would be so cool. I will settle for a DIAF mug and OBEY coaster for now.
@Pedinska: So you are the other one with a Tunch thong! I hope you heal quickly.
@trollhattan: That cat is stunning.
@Keith G: I most certainly do have cockles in my heart! Doesn’t everybody?
@SIA: Wouldn’t it be funny? A group for the animals of BJ with Tunch as their overlord. Hah!
You made my day! Tunch is awesome!
Eeekk!! That was my first thought on reading that, like – the thongs cause injury? Great, because I just sent one as a b-day present. Then I remembered the linked post and suddenly your comment made rather more sense…
@Gravenstone: Yeah. Read the linked comment first! No, the thong does not cause injury. I am glad that Tunch thongs are selling so briskly!