RIP Punkin: Rush Limbaugh says goodbye to his beloved cat

Rush Limbaugh insists he’s a “harmless, lovable little fuzz ball,” and that was never more apparent than when he’d take a break from politics to talk about his cat, Punkin. Limbaugh revealed on-air today that 16-year-old Punkin was put to sleep last week, but he’d kept the news to himself in order to get through the week.

It was one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do. Last weekend was really sad and lonely, and I wouldn’t have been able to tell you about this on Monday without breaking up.  But a lot of people have been asking because I had mentioned that she was not well, so I wanted to mention it to you and thank all of you for asking.  I appreciate it.  You all know. Those of you who have animals and lose them, you know what it’s like.

Limbaugh’s listeners do know what it’s like to lose a pet and took to Twitter to share their condolences.

  • peteee363

    rush now what are your dogs going to chase, with no cat? your dogs must be mourning too.

    • Douglas Andrews

      The dogs got along well with Pumpkin as she ruled the house prior to their arrival. Pumpkin had her own room plus hung out with Rush in his office & study.

    • RosePetal

      Animals mourn like humans. Our English bulldog mourned over the lost of his companion canine.

      • BigSky1970

        My parents Westie mourned the loss of my cat. Those two got along like best buddies. The day after my cat died, my father and the dog came over to visit and the dog was looking all over for my cat. Sniffing the cat bed and going room to room looking for the cat.

  • peteee363

    rush now what are your dogs going to chase, with no cat? your dogs must be mourning too.

  • nc

    I knew she was in a bad way, but this still broke me up when I heard him announce this today. Punkin was very special for Rush fans everywhere.

    • Clete Torres

      We’re with you, Rush.

      I was in the truck, on the way to the barber. I had to fight to keep it together so I didn’t show up with bloodshot eyes.

      RIP Punkin.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      Didn’t he also get another cat at the same time as Punkin named Andy?

    • lukuj

      I agree. I lost two cats to the same condition. Both were almost 20 years old. It is heartbreaking. I hope that, after a period of mourning and acceptance, Rush will rescue a kitten. No other cat will replace Punkin, but a new cat will find its own special place in his heart.

    • lukuj

      I agree. I lost two cats to the same condition. Both were almost 20 years old. It is heartbreaking. I hope that, after a period of mourning and acceptance, Rush will rescue a kitten. No other cat will replace Punkin, but a new cat will find its own special place in his heart.

    • TitzyFritzensimmons

      Sending my condolences, too, Rush. Your stories about Punkin, over the years, have been hilarious. She was lucky to love you as were you to love her.

    • maryanna517

      She sure was special nc. Thank you for saying that. It made our lovable little fuzzball even more lovable when he talked about how much he loved his little cat. So nice to know that we are not alone in feeling sad for the loss of a man that means so much to so many,

    • maryanna517

      She sure was special nc. Thank you for saying that. It made our lovable little fuzzball even more lovable when he talked about how much he loved his little cat. So nice to know that we are not alone in feeling sad for the loss of a man that means so much to so many,

  • nc

    I knew she was in a bad way, but this still broke me up when I heard him announce this today. Punkin was very special for Rush fans everywhere.

  • Lotte Lenya

    :-( RIP – it is so very hard to lose a pet – especially if you don’t have children.

  • Lotte Lenya

    :-( RIP – it is so very hard to lose a pet – especially if you don’t have children.

  • Michelle

    Queue the Liberal hate-filled attacks and saying they wish it had been Rush instead of his cat in…3….2….GO!

    • CatHerder

      Wouldn’t bet on a sure thing, now would you?

    • CatHerder

      Wouldn’t bet on a sure thing, now would you?

  • Michelle

    Queue the Liberal hate-filled attacks and saying they wish it had been Rush instead of his cat in…3….2….GO!

  • CombatDiver

    I’ve lost two pit bulls over the last few years and each one made me break down and took several days to get over. I still wouldn’t give up fostering and adopting them, such a lovely and devoted breed that is capable of going on the longest run or hike, protecting your family and then turning around and drowning you with their tongue. PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED.

    • CombatDiver

      My boy Cholo and my girl Lily…. I miss you every day and will never forget how you helped me get through some very hard times… Love you puppies.

    • Matt

      Agree. Pits can lovely animals. It’s all about upbringing and their owners.

      • david99696

        breeding

    • trixiewoobeans

      I volunteer and donate to a Pit Bull Rescue in my area. Our greatest need is fosters, so thank you for doing that. You can only help as many as you can get fosters for.

      • Marjorie

        God bless you Trixie. I foster cats but have four (rescue) dogs, five (rescue) cats and a (rescue) pot belly pig. OK Blah time for the bacon comment :-)

        • trixiewoobeans

          Awesome! Love piggies. Oh heck, I love em all! Thank you for fostering as well. It is sorely needed.

    • The Monster

      Isn’t treating all pit bulls as guilty of violence racism?

      • nc

        No, but it is profiling. : )

    • Jeff Coil

      There was a petition on “We the People” regarding breed-specific legislation that got a response from the White House. This is the important part:

      “In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it’s virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.

      The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren’t deterred by breed regulations — when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.

      For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation — which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here (PDF). https://www.avma.org/public/Health/Documents/dogbite.pdf

      We own a Pit who is old and riddled with cancer and arthritis. I dread when the time comes to say goodbye. It will be really hard on my wife, who is also in poor health.

  • CombatDiver

    I’ve lost two pit bulls over the last few years and each one made me break down and took several days to get over. I still wouldn’t give up fostering and adopting them, such a lovely and devoted breed that is capable of going on the longest run or hike, protecting your family and then turning around and drowning you with their tongue. PUNISH THE DEED, NOT THE BREED.

  • Michelle

    My heart hurts for him – I’ve had to make that decision before and it’s so painful. You can only hope they understand putting them out of pain and suffering is the most loving act we can ever do for them, even when we have to shatter our own heart to put them at peace. I hope Rush feels God’s love and support holding him close right now.

    • CatHerder

      Amen. I had to do the same with DeeDee who was brought into the family by my (at the time) very young daughter. We had a sympathetic lady vet administer the final mercy in our home, to spare our daughter the knowledge since she was pregnant with her first at the time.

      There IS a Heaven for our beloved pets, and it resounds with happy, frantic barking.

      • Michelle

        I hope Rush’s cat let him know it was OK and that she understood. And by that I mean, I do believe they let us know when it’s time. The first time I knew that decision was pending (with a bird I’d had for 14 yrs), I didn’t think I had it in me to do it. I’m selfish ya know, I wanted her to stay here (don’t we all?). Then one morning I looked at her at the bottom of the cage and she looked right back at me, and my heart heard her say, “I’m ready to go and it’s OK, I’m tired and I want to go home.” That’s when I knew I could do it. I hope it went that way for Rush and for your family, your pets letting you know it’s OK.

      • Hiraghm
        • CombatDiver

          Check out “Dog Star,” you can name a star after your pet and have it registered. You can also read about people’s beloved pets. It’s sad but very inspirational.

        • BigSky1970
    • V the K

      True. I came home from church one Sunday in January of last year to find my marmalade, Achilles, spasming in a pile of leaves in front of the house. He had suffered the cat equivalent of cardiac arrest. The emergency vet said she could keep him alive, but he would be miserable, and wouldn’t last more than a few months. It was heartbreaking, but ultimately, the compassionate choice. (FWIW, I would make the same choice for myself.) I miss him still.

      • nc

        Is that the kitty in your avatar?

        • V the K

          Nah, someone made that for me on a blog I used to participate on before it went ferkakta.

          • Spiny Norman

            I remember when you got it, too.

          • KansasGirl

            Not to be too forward, but are you the VikingKitty on FreeRepublic?

          • V the K

            Nope… I guess I am the other Viking Kitten.

          • KansasGirl

            Thank goodness…he’s got a mean zot. lol

          • V the K

            Nope… I guess I am the other Viking Kitten.

      • Spiny Norman

        I know the feeling. I lost this little 22 lb ball of fun 8 years ago due to a mistake at the vet’s.

        Rub my belly. I dare you.

        • WhoMeToo

          Lost my beloved Ripley at the hands of my vet, too. I miss his nose kisses everyday. (:^(

          • Spiny Norman

            In his case, it wasn’t an error by the vet herself, it was that the office was very busy that day and the assistants mixed up the injections.

            He was almost the perfect cat: very friendly with other people, never pissed in the house, never clawed the furniture, never left the back yard, and didn’t even shed very much. He would even very gently paw at my face to wake me up in the morning (Hey! Time to feed me!). His only problem was that he was completely intolerant of other cats in the yard, so was always getting into fights, and was prone to abscesses – which is why he was at the vet’s in the first place.

          • Spiny Norman

            He also had a thing for my shoes:

          • WhoMeToo

            (:^)

          • OLLPOH ~ America

            Now that is what you call Cat walking…
            or
            Cat walking in his masters shoes…and we can imagine Spiney sayin’ in unison with Rush…B e a u t i f u l…!
            Love it!

          • WhoMeToo

            Lost my Rip in a routine dental cleaning. Vet over inoculated. Then broke his ribs & and ruptured his liver trying to revive him. Rip was the best boy and such a gentleman…. Would give me a kiss on my nose everyday. Sometimes I can barely even think about his loss, I have to block it out.

          • lukuj

            It must be so hard to forgive something like this. It made me cry just reading about it. I hope you have adopted a new furry friend to comfort you.

          • WhoMeToo

            Thank you for your kind words lukuj,

            I honestly can’t say I have forgiven…..

            We almost lost Ripleys sister, Islay, that day too. Islays dose wasn’t as far over her weight as Ripleys was. We were able to keep her awake and breathing until the anesthesia wore off… If it wasn’t heartbreaking enough to lose Ripley, what added to our grief was watching Islay look for her brother day after day after day. Islay would go out on the porch and just stare for hours. I tried everything to help her move forward. I have never seen a animal grieve like it before, and I was raised on a ranch.

            We decided after about three months that we should get a companion for Islay and adopted a little boy we named Winston. Winston is a delight and a little pistol and brought Islay out of her sorrow and helped us, as a family, mend our broken hearts. I can’t help but think Winston & Ripley would have been good buddies. (;_・)

          • lukuj

            I am glad you have another cat. I imagine you no longer use the same vet, and I hope you have warned others about him. I hope both your kitties live long, healthy lives. Animals are such blessings. My cats can raise my spirits when no one and nothing else can. God bless.

          • lukuj

            I am glad you have another cat. I imagine you no longer use the same vet, and I hope you have warned others about him. I hope both your kitties live long, healthy lives. Animals are such blessings. My cats can raise my spirits when no one and nothing else can. God bless.

          • WhoMeToo

            Thank you for your kind words lukuj,

            I honestly can’t say I have forgiven…..

            We almost lost Ripleys sister, Islay, that day too. Islays dose wasn’t as far over her weight as Ripleys was. We were able to keep her awake and breathing until the anesthesia wore off… If it wasn’t heartbreaking enough to lose Ripley, what added to our grief was watching Islay look for her brother day after day after day. Islay would go out on the porch and just stare for hours. I tried everything to help her move forward. I have never seen a animal grieve like it before, and I was raised on a ranch.

            We decided after about three months that we should get a companion for Islay and adopted a little boy we named Winston. Winston is a delight and a little pistol and brought Islay out of her sorrow and helped us, as a family, mend our broken hearts. I can’t help but think Winston & Ripley would have been good buddies. (;_・)

          • lukuj

            It must be so hard to forgive something like this. It made me cry just reading about it. I hope you have adopted a new furry friend to comfort you.

      • Moejoe

        He was a handsome kitty!
        I have a nine yo target marmalade and just adopted a medium hair marmalade from the shelter last February. Moe and Sam are our 3rd and 4th kitties…my eyes tear up just knowing the day will come…
        So I write down the funny things they do and I love on them as often as possible. Their little lives are so short compared to ours. Heartbreaking, indeed.

        • V the K

          Achilles was one of a litter of five. When I picked him up, his purr was so loud. He was full of bees. That’s how I knew he was the one.

          After he left, the other cats were confused. He was such an alpha, he kept the other three in line. It’s like, when he left, the others no longer knew what their roles were.

        • V the K

          Achilles was one of a litter of five. When I picked him up, his purr was so loud. He was full of bees. That’s how I knew he was the one.

          After he left, the other cats were confused. He was such an alpha, he kept the other three in line. It’s like, when he left, the others no longer knew what their roles were.

  • Michelle

    My heart hurts for him – I’ve had to make that decision before and it’s so painful. You can only hope they understand putting them out of pain and suffering is the most loving act we can ever do for them, even when we have to shatter our own heart to put them at peace. I hope Rush feels God’s love and support holding him close right now.

  • CatHerder

    My Big Guy is getting along in years now and so is his lady love. I’d have loved to had puppies from them, but she had issues and now it’s much too late.

  • CatHerder

    My Big Guy is getting along in years now and so is his lady love. I’d have loved to had puppies from them, but she had issues and now it’s much too late.

  • Richard Wayne

    Always loved the punkin stories. I hope once Rush gathers himself that he finds the courage to take in another little one. He is a good man and God knows there are so many homeless cats in need in South Florida.

  • Maxx

    Many years ago, my adorable little 7-lb cow, a female black and white, called “Moo Bella,” suffered a massive blood clot in her hind quarters. I think my speedo hit 135 or 140 on the way to the vet (rural area). When the vet told me there was nothing he could do and it was time to put her down, she was about six feet away from me, on the floor. When I started to tear up, she somehow managed to get the strength to use her front legs and she dragged herself that distance to my feet, where she collapsed. Her little head on my foot.

    Twenty minutes later, when I was at the front desk trying to write the check, my tears were rolling down my face unto the check, rendering it useless. Tore it off and tried again. No use. Finally, the caring woman at the desk told me “take your time, come back when you’re ready,” and after 20 minutes of sitting in the car, reliving the past decade of “Moo and I,” I finally was able to walk in and cut the check.

    I truly believe the reason why the dictionary has so many words is because we need them all to describe just how much our pets mean to us. My heart goes out to Rush. It was rare that a week would go by without the mention of his “little fuzz ball.”

  • NixTyranny

    “Precious memories, how they linger.”

  • detroit19

    Condolences:'( We are 1 year minus 14 days from the 1st anniversary of our ‘Rory Dog’s’ passing (Malamute). Not a day goes by, over the years (35+) that we don’t think about her or her sisters, Holly Ann(Golden Retriever) and Maggie Mae (Irish Setter) and her brothers, Charley and ‘Stinky’ (Siamese and American Tabby). Miss then all, very much and every day ♥♥♥♥♥

  • http://www.grouchyconservativepundits.org/ Rusty Bill

    Punkin is now in a place where the sun is warm, the mice are slow and there are no rocking chairs.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Pets are Gods’ gift of Love to us.
    .
    XOs, and Love To You Rush and Katherine, and Your 4-legged Children…Don’t know that the grieving ever leaves…it just makes you love a whole lot more.

  • mapache

    The older I get, the less I like people and the more I like my dog. Condolences on the passing of Pumpkin Rush…our pets make us better people.

  • LinTaylor

    I had a Siamese named Bonnie for about 16 years as well. If you ever needed a counter-argument to the accusation that cats are aloof and mean, she was it. She waited for me to get home from school, hung around me whenever I was home, slept next to my pillow or at the foot of my bed, and spent her whole life gazing at me lovingly like she was a proud mother. The day I lost her was a very sad day, so I completely understand how Rush feels. But of course, every pet owner knows that they will almost definitely outlive their pet; even so, the point is that we make THEIR lives better, and the love they show us in return is all the reward we need.

    R.I.P. Punkin

    • peteee363

      did all your friends leave the house with bandaids on? my mom had a Siamese, and it clawed or bit everybody but her.

      • LinTaylor

        No, my family has had Siamese all my life, and they’ve always been sweet, friendly, and loving.

  • WBee1 Proud Navy Wife

    My heartfelt condolences to Rush and Katherine
    RIP Punkin Limbaugh,.
    :(

  • James McEnanly

    I am sad to hear about your loss. Pets tend to become part of you. :X<

  • stuckinIL4now

    My condolences as well to Rush and Katherine. And while now is the time to mourn and remember Punkin, this too shall pass. Last year my sister and her family had to let go of another of their dogs, this one of 17 years. When I asked, my sister said she wasn’t ready to consider getting a companion for their remaining dog. I went to their house a few weeks ago and was greeted by a furry energetic border collie puppy. When the time’s right, another Punkin will come along.

  • hatsylady

    My condolences to Rush. It is so sad. I lost 2 cats in a year and a half’s time and life is not that same without those wonderful cats.

  • Richard Wayne

    Know Rush is a John Paul II fan: Nice little sentiment from him here: http://padrepiosworld.com/page17.php

    “When Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience in 1990 that ‘also the animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren,” some people must have thought this was a new teaching, unaware of the Holy Father’s scholarly familiarity with the authentic Hebrew texts. When he went on to state that all animals are ‘fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect’ and that they are ‘as near to God as men are,’ animal lovers in the audience were ecstatic! The Pope mentions the special relationship of mankind with God as being created in His image and likeness. ‘However,’ he goes on, ‘other texts state that animals have the breath of life and were given it by God. In this respect, man, created by the hand of God, is identical with all other living creatures. And so in Psalm 104 there is no distinction between man and beasts when it reads, addressing God: ‘. . . Thou hidest thy
    face, they are troubled; thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.’

    “This discourse caused a stir around the world, and was especially encouraging to Catholic animal welfare groups which had begun to despair that anything ‘animal friendly’ would ever be heard in Rome. The then professor of theology and dogma at the University of Urbino, Carlo Molari, called it ‘very important and significant. It is a “sign of the times” because it demonstrates the Church’s desire and deep concern to clarify present confused thinking and attitudes towards the animal kingdom. There should be no need, but the Pontiff, in reiterating that animals came into being because of the direct action of the “breath” of God, wanted to say that also these creatures, as well as man, are possessed of the divine spark of life and that living quality that is the soul. And are therefore not inferior beings or only of purely material reality.’ “

    • lukuj

      Beautiful! Thank you.

    • lukuj

      Beautiful! Thank you.

  • lee martell

    I understand his sorrow a lot more than I want to. When I put my Buddy down years ago at the Humane Society I must have been about 40 y/o. I’m 56 now. I cried so much in that Humane Society office, more that I ever thought was possible. I never thought i’d miss anything that much, let alone some animal. I could not drive for about two hours.. I was so SO glad I had come alone, and would probably never see this Animal Med. Assistant ever again. Damn those embarrassing & annoying tears!!

  • screamingmad

    I remember well the days after he first got Punkin. He was so enjoying her. So very sorry Rush. She will be waiting for you and oh so happy to see you again.

  • conservativemomma

    I love a man who loves a cat. God Bless Rush and prayers for peace during this time. He loved Punkin and it is heartbreaking to say goodbye to a sweet companion.

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      My family has always loved cats, my grandfather took his with him on his honeymoon. I had to be born allergic to them. It broke my heart to tell my son he couldn’t keep the kitten someone gave him. Now we have terriers. I’m not so sure about the new one but our West Highlands terrier is awesome and mostly dander free.

  • HWarrior13

    My Mother told me to never trust a man who doesn’t like cats.

    • RosiesSeeingRed

      My mom told me the same thing! :-)

  • nc

    Here’s a transcript from Rush about Punkin when he first brought Abbey home:

    http://img.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_061609/content/01125111.guest.html

  • Guest

    I have a cat similar to Punkin that has latched onto me, it’s gonna be rough when it’s his time to go.

  • irishgirl91

    Punkin saw him through divorce and marriage. Loved him when so many would spew hate. She was good family to him and he must really be broken up. None of us who have cried over the loss of a pet would have judged him for breaking up on air, but it is sad that so many would have mocked his pain. RIP lil’ Punkin.

  • Trudy Hill

    Yes I know the pain of losing a animal that you have loved and cuddled, and my eyes tear up recalling the pain.She’ll be waiting for you on the other side.

  • Trudy Hill

    Yes I know the pain of losing a animal that you have loved and cuddled, and my eyes tear up recalling the pain.She’ll be waiting for you on the other side.

  • Zorro

    St. Francis of Assisi pray for us to the Lord our God.

  • Zorro

    St. Francis of Assisi pray for us to the Lord our God.

  • BC

    Not a fan of cats at all, but I know what it’s like to lose a beloved pet. I had to make the decision to let my 14yo German Shepherd go, a little over a year ago. Even though there was no question that it was the right decision to make for him, the heartache took over a year to subside. Looking at pictures of him still makes my eyes wet, but in honor of his memory, we took in a rescued GSD, and he has been a more than worthy successor.

    No matter what your preference in pets is, they bring such unparalleled joy and companionship to our lives. Certainly worth the heartache when it’s time to say “goodbye old friend”.

    Condolences to our “lovable little fuzzball”, El Rushbo! May God heal your pain, and fill the emptiness in your heart with His love!!

  • BC

    Not a fan of cats at all, but I know what it’s like to lose a beloved pet. I had to make the decision to let my 14yo German Shepherd go, a little over a year ago. Even though there was no question that it was the right decision to make for him, the heartache took over a year to subside. Looking at pictures of him still makes my eyes wet, but in honor of his memory, we took in a rescued GSD, and he has been a more than worthy successor.

    No matter what your preference in pets is, they bring such unparalleled joy and companionship to our lives. Certainly worth the heartache when it’s time to say “goodbye old friend”.

    Condolences to our “lovable little fuzzball”, El Rushbo! May God heal your pain, and fill the emptiness in your heart with His love!!

  • $27789750

    The death of a much loved pet is a death in the family and it’s impact as great. Sympathies to Rush.

  • Clete Torres

    I had to come back to this thread. It’s stirred up some memories of my own experiences of having to let beloved pets go. One in particular that still hurts many years later.

    I’m allergic to fur-bearing animals (so severely allergic to cats that it triggers asthma and hives), and could never have a pet. My daughter had a yellow parakeet that she had grown tired of and asked me to take her. Having never had a bird before, I was apprehensive, but took her in, and changed her name from Rasputin (she had red eyes) to Roy, as a kind of joke. Well, Roy and I bonded almost instantly, and she was a ‘daddy’s girl’ from then on, for years. I’d get home from work, and she’d hear my keys in the door and start chirping non-stop until I looked down the hallway to the room where her cage was and she saw me, at which point she’d jump down on the cage door and then fly at full speed toward me, circle once and land on my shoulder to dispense kisses.

    She’d sit on my shoulder while I read, worked, watched TV, and occasionally peck at me when she’d felt that I’d ignored her long enough and it was time to ‘pay attention to me!’ If I’d go out of town for a few days, she’d actually act like she was mad at me until I went into her room and talked with her. What a diva! After that she was satisfied that I had ‘apologized’ sufficiently, all was forgiven and she was daddy’s girl again.

    She started acting like she didn’t feel well one day, so I treated her with meds like I always had. When it became apparent after a few days that she was rapidly deteriorating, I took her to an avian vet who diagnosed tumors on her kidneys which were probably inoperable, but he could try to remove them. She could no longer stand on her perch, she leaned on one of the other branches in the cage to stay up. No more perky chirping and playing. She felt comfortable laying in my hand on her back, getting her belly rubbed. It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to face, knowing what had to be the final outcome.

    I took her back to the avian vet one last time, for the final goodbye. Held her in my hand, rubbed her belly, and she opened her eyes, nibbled my finger one last time, almost like she was saying “it’s okay, it’s time.” I cried like a baby after the vet tech took her from me and left the room.

    I buried her in her little box, in my back yard, close to the house. It still hurts bad enough that I’m crying now as I type this.

    Sorry this is so long, folks, but I had to get this out.

    I miss you and love you, Roy.

    • dba_vagabond_trader

      Awww, parakeets are the cutest and smartest little critters, had a couple when I was a kid, loved those little buggers. No apologies needed Clete.

    • dba_vagabond_trader

      Awww, parakeets are the cutest and smartest little critters, had a couple when I was a kid, loved those little buggers. No apologies needed Clete.

    • nc

      That was such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing it. You don’t often think of birds bonding so close.

      • Clete Torres

        Thanks. It just killed me to share it here (you know, big burly grandpa and all), but this thread kept drawing me back.

        When I say she was a daddy’s girl I’m not kidding. It was really kinda funny, I was the only ‘allowed’ to feed her or change her cage. My wife was convinced that Roy wished she’d move out so we could have the place for ourselves. LOL

    • Moejoe

      I’m crying too. It’s very healing. Thank you.

  • sharon

    Sorry for your loss of Punkin, I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. Prayers for you Rush.

  • Marcy Cook

    He loved that cat so much. I remember reading about the most recent emergency and what he did to save Punkin. And, then he would carry her everywhere. I feel so sad for him. He is a real animal lover. And, I know as most people do that animal lovers are always good people.

    • David

      You are so right.

    • David

      You are so right.

  • NSAone

    I started to listen to Rush back in ’88 or ’89. I remember him talking about an ex-wife who had a couple of dogs. I also remember when he got punkin. I remember that he didn’t quite know what to think of a cat as he had never had one. I would listen to the evolution of his love for punkin as he would regale the audience with stories of her.

    In spite of what many on the left and those that don’t listen to him say, Rush has a big heart. It shows in his passion. I know he absolutely adored that cat. I had a siamese named Buddy that I absolutely adored, he was so amazing. Sadly, buddy died from liver failure. I could never replace Buddy, but I have a female cat named Cleopatra that I absolutely love, even though she prefers the rib. I know how hard it is to lose an animal.

    God bless ya Rush, sorry for the loss of punkin and even though she’s gone, you have the memories. I think Rush will probably decide to get another cat, and it will be great if he does, as it will be fun to hear the stories. RIP punkin.

    As Rusty Bill said, “Punkin is now in a place where the sun is warm, the mice are slow and there are no rocking chairs.”

  • Axelgreaser

    HE EULOGIZED PUNKIN’ A FEW WEEKS BACK, actually. He knew the end was near for his dear buddy and it was very touching as he recounted the story of Punkin’ slipping off the sofa, immobilized for a time. Rush is pretty much a ‘Puddy Tat’ himself and he loves America so very much and sometimes you hear the sadness coming through this great mans voice because he recognizes someone is trying to ‘put America down’ too. But Mr. Limbaugh will never accept that death, nor should we all. It is not inevitable, though he couldn’t do anything about Punkin’. RIP, Punkin’ and fight on Rush.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    My sincere condolences to Rush, we had to do the same with our “clown” boy six years ago and it still hurts. To love a pet is to know loss. Not to diminish the death of a beloved pet, the best thing for us was to have a lady who does cat rescue “foist” a homeless orange tabby on us a few months later. We were adamant at first but he has been a great friend and companion.

    • Moejoe

      We now have two marmalade kitties…so full of personality and love!

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    My sincere condolences to Rush, we had to do the same with our “clown” boy six years ago and it still hurts. To love a pet is to know loss. Not to diminish the death of a beloved pet, the best thing for us was to have a lady who does cat rescue “foist” a homeless orange tabby on us a few months later. We were adamant at first but he has been a great friend and companion.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Know how it feels. Lost my Lab dog Lucky 3 years ago from a stroke and heart attack. Took him into the vet and we eventually had to put him down. He was just a few months short of turning 11.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    But I do have my current Jack at least. My best pal.

  • lukuj

    After reading most of these comments, I just had to let all of you know that it has made my day to be reminded of all the kind, caring, loving people in the world who can be sympathetic and empathetic instead of spewing hate and nastiness. God bless all of you and your pets.

    • SPCAndyJ

      Unfortunately there are still vile liberals in the world – I’m sure the mouth frothing hate spewers will think of something nasty to tweet about Rush’s cat soon…

      • lukuj

        I wish I could say you are wrong, but you probably are correct. I will have to check the comments again later in hopes of finding a continuation of the positive expressions of sympathy for Rush and Punkin.

      • lukuj

        I wish I could say you are wrong, but you probably are correct. I will have to check the comments again later in hopes of finding a continuation of the positive expressions of sympathy for Rush and Punkin.

  • lukuj

    After reading most of these comments, I just had to let all of you know that it has made my day to be reminded of all the kind, caring, loving people in the world who can be sympathetic and empathetic instead of spewing hate and nastiness. God bless all of you and your pets.

  • HWarrior13

    We have two black cats, one is a Libertarian and one is a Democrat. We nicknamed them “Dr. Sowell” and “Jesse Jackson”

  • HWarrior13

    We have two black cats, one is a Libertarian and one is a Democrat. We nicknamed them “Dr. Sowell” and “Jesse Jackson”

  • Stephanie Warren

    RIP, kitty. I know what it’s like to lose a pet, especially cat. anyone who says losing a pet isn’t something to be upset about has never owned one.

  • David

    There’s nothing better than a couple of cats around. Add a kitten and let the fun and enjoyment begin. Cats reign and when they are gone a bit of royalty passes on.

  • David

    There’s nothing better than a couple of cats around. Add a kitten and let the fun and enjoyment begin. Cats reign and when they are gone a bit of royalty passes on.

  • maryanna517

    Wow you guys. I had lost a lot of faith in humanity over the last few years, but this post and comment alone are restoring my faith. God Bless all the amazing people posting here. Not enough words to thank you all.

  • maryanna517

    Wow you guys. I had lost a lot of faith in humanity over the last few years, but this post and comment alone are restoring my faith. God Bless all the amazing people posting here. Not enough words to thank you all.

  • AZGunslinger

    The only downside to pets is that they take up such huge places in our hearts and our lives only to leave us all too soon. RIP Punkin.

  • Douglas Andrews

    @RUSH, My heartfelt Condolences to you & your family as I have listened & watched you since 1991 & have enjoyed every minute of Pumpkin”s activitys as you put them to story. I know very well what it is like to love & lose pets I have had 6 Cats & 3 dogs so far. God Bless Pumpkin as she crosses on to Rainbow Bridge.

  • John Lukaszewski

    Exterminating unconditional love is THE hardest thing to do. Words cannot express how you must have felt that day and the weeks following. I KNOW something is missing in your heart, Russ, as I have had to do this twice in my life.