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 Cat
Grumpy Cat | Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

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.

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Dearest friends of Boo, With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy. Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time. Since starting Boo’s FB page, I’ve received so many notes over the years from people sharing stories of how Boo brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times. And that was really the purpose of all this…Boo brought joy to people all over the world. Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality. Over the years Boo met some super cool people, a lot of crazy talented people, but most of all so many kind people…friends who gave him endless love, people who prioritized his comfort over getting that perfect picture, partners who understood that Buddy ALWAYS had to be included, and last but definitely not least, the amazing doctors, therapists, and staff at Adobe Animal Hospital and Sage Veterinary Centers for the countless hours of care and dedication they poured into Buddy and Boo. I brought Boo home in the spring of 2006 and so started the greatest, most heartwarming friendship of all time. Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven. Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go. Thank you to all of you for following along on their silly adventures over the past 10 years. They sure had a LOT of fun. With love and our deepest gratitude, Boo’s humans

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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

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.

Colonel Meow

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.