In the Wake of Grumpy Cats Passing, We Can’t Help But Wonder Where the Other Meme Pets Are
The internet is mourning one of its favorite stars; Grumpy Cat. The cat who won over audiences with his perpetual frown and plethora of memes has died at age seven. In an emotional statement, Grumpy cat’s owner Tabatha Bundesen, announced her passing.
Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, died from complications of a urinary tract infection. She was diagnosed with feline dwarfism and also suffered from an underbite, which accentuated her frown. With the sad news that Grumpy will only live on in internet fame, we started to wonder where all of the other famed internet pets are.
Boo the Pomeranian
Grumpy Cat has some company in animal heaven. Boo the Pomeranian died in January 2019. Boo rose to fame in 2010 after his owner (a Facebook employee) created a page for the dog who looked like a stuffed animal. Keisha helped Boo’s rise, and eventually, he had over 5 million Facebook friends.
Boo’s owner shared the news via social media, telling fans that the adorable dog passed quietly in his sleep. Boo apparently had heart issues and didn’t take the passing of his companion, another dog named Buddy, well, according to People.
Doug the Pug
Doug the Pug is still spending his dog days relaxing in Nashville, Tennessee. One of Instagram’s most famous pets, Doug’s owner Leslie Mosier is a full-time dog momager now, and the Internet sensation has hung out with everyone from Ed Sheeran to Justin Bieber.
Doug has a full line of accessories at Claire’s, and he is gearing up to celebrate his fifth birthday on Monday. It’s a good life for the smush-faced, self-proclaimed “king of pop culture.”
Lil Bub, a cat that also lives with feline dwarfism, took the news of Grumpy Cat’s passing pretty hard. The feline suffers from multiple medical conditions but still took the time out to pay tribute to her recently departed friend.
Bub, however, is still hanging tough. Born in 2011 Lil Bub got her internet start on Tumblr and Reddit. Now with nearly 1 million followers on Twitter, she delights fans with all of the goings-on of a cat’s life, even one with some medical issues to attend to. Bub also has a line of coffee mugs and totes, if you need to see her sweet face every morning.
Tuna the Chiweenie
Tuna had a tough start in life. The little dog with a tremendous overbite was abandoned by his first owner but quickly adopted by Courtney Dasher. Tuna’s celebrity status has helped raise money for animal rescue groups all over the country, and proceeds of his book go to the same causes.
Tuna was born around 2010, but Dasher doesn’t have his exact birthday. It’s also assumed he is a Chiweenie, a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. As of writing, Tuna is keeping it real on Instagram, where he has over 2 million followers.
Every famous internet cat needs a good backstory. Colonel Meow was born sometime in 2011 and was adopted by Anne Marie Avey. Colonel Meow held a Guinness World Record. He was also known as an “adorable fearsome dictator” and had a penchant for good scotch.
Avey’s comedic genius helped Colonel Meow rise to fame, but all of that couldn’t save him from a heart condition. The angriest cat in the world died in 2014 following a difficult heart surgery, according to NBC4. In 2014 Friskie’s agreed to donate meals to needy cats in Colonel Meow’s name, allowing his legacy to live on.