According to the Daily Mail
, Tardar Sauce (or Tard) became a hit online within 48 hrs after the brother of Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Ariz.(owner of Tardar Sauce), uploaded her picture to Facebook and Reddit.
According to Knowyourmeme.com
, Tard's perpetual scowl was upvoted 25,300 times on Reddit
and pictures viewed more than 1 million times on Imgur
within the first 48 hours.
Redditors began creating Photoshopped versions of Tard immediately, and meme versions with captions such as "‘I had fun once. It was awful," and "Just put me down." (See photos below.
A video posted online shows Bryan trying in vain to liven up the ultimate feline sourpuss (see video above
). But Tardar remains impassive, ignoring Bryan who is seen scratching her belly. The YouTube video has received more than 1 million views.
Tardar's owner, Tabatha, says it would be mistake to interpret Tardar's facial features in entirely anthropomorphic terms. She says Tardar is not entirely grumpy. According to Fox News
, and News.com
, Tabatha says Tardar "has what looks kind of like an under bite. She looked unique, as did her brother, at birth, with a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail." She admits, however, that her "under bite" could not explain entirely her grumpy appearance. Australia's News.com
reports Tabatha said: "Tardar is not as coordinated as a normal cat, so she is likely a little angry about that. I think she likes to be held and petted some times, but being the pet of a 10 year old could make anyone grumpy.”
What The Huffington Post
describes as "Tard's eternal unhappiness" has been exhaustively documented online. The photos below are a few examples:
According to News.com
, Tardar lives with her mother Callie, brother Pokey, three siblings and dogs Shaggy, Honey, Raven and 10-year-old co-owner Chrystal Bundesen, Tabatha's daughter.
Tardar Sauce's favorite foods, according to her owners, are mice and tuna.