Source: The New York Times
As we say our goodbyes to Tardar Sauce a.k.a Grumpy Cat who passed on earlier last week due to complications from a urinary tract infection, we pay tribute to the internet’s favourite feline.
Tardar Sauce’s first-ever photo as Grumpy Cat Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
Back in 2012, Tardar “Tard” Sauce made her debut on Reddit with the help of her owner’s brother. Since Bryan Bundesen kick-started Grumpy Cat’s path to stardom, he later proceeded to manage her website, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts.
Grumpy Cat has the ability to look grumpy even in festive outfits Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
A dwarf cat with an underbite, Tardar looks endlessly grumpy. However, owner Tabatha Bundesen once said Tard is just a regular cat like others!
Grumpy Cat memes used pessimistic humour Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
Tardar shot to fame right away with the introduction of Grumpy Cat memes. After all, Grumpy Cat is all of us on Monday mornings before coffee.
Bringing the grumpiness to Good Morning America Source: Grumpy Cat
As she rose to stardom in mainstream media, the Snowshoe-Siamese mix made appearances on some of the most popular television shows such as Anderson Live, Good Morning America and American Idol. Meanwhile, she landed herself a job as a commercial model for Friskies and General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios.
Grasping the opportunity to create more memes Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
Of course, Grumpy Cat fans could not miss out on the opportunity to create ever more memes to celebrate her grumpiness.
Grumpy Cat’s first book made its debut on the New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Bestseller List at #3 Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
Eventually, Grumpy Cat made her mark in the publishing and digital products industry. From books to video games, a range of merchandise such as Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, Grumpy Cat: Unimpressed and Grumpy Cat Weather was released to satisfy her fans’ appetite for cynicism.
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever hit the big screen in November 2014 Source: Lifetime via The Official Grumpy Cat
One year later, with a movie and several red carpet appearances, Grumpy Cat had become a star in her own right. On a side note, the Grinch has never looked more adorable.
Tardar and her doppelganger – who is the real Grumpy Cat? Source: Merlin Entertainments Group via Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
In May 2016, Grumpy Cat had her fame – and her figure – solidified at Madame Tussauds. With this, Tardar added two Madame Tussauds accomplishments to her ever-growing list: the first cat in history to be immortalised and the first mechanical figure made in over a century.
Using puns to speak to our inner cynic Source: The Official Grumpy Cat And The Official Grumpy Cat
On social media, Grumpy Cat brought joy to over 8.3 million followers on Facebook, over 2.4 million on Instagram and over 1 million on Twitter.
The original Grumpy Cat photo is still the most widely used to create a meme Source: The Official Grumpy Cat
Although the many other memes of Grumpy Cat has brought much joy to her fans, the original Grumpy Cat photo remains a fan favourite. According to Grumpy’s family, “some days are grumpier than others”. So let’s take this time to bid farewell to Tardar Sauce. Goodbye Grumpy Cat, you may be gone but your memes will live on beyond your seven years. We will miss you!