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Tucker: 2005–2017

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Paul here, popping in from my August break to report the sad news that Uni Watch boy mascot Tucker (shown above with the 16-letter nameplate for A’s prospect Eric Stuckenschneider, which would have set the record for the longest MLB NOB if he’d made it to the bigs) died yesterday. He’d been sick for the previous week with a problem that was difficult to diagnose. After several vet visits and tests, it turned out to be a neurological problem, and yesterday I decided he’d suffered enough. He was 12 years old.

Tucker was as awesome a cat as I’ve ever had — super-friendly, super-sweet, with a big purr and an even bigger heart. Nicest guy ever, really. Uni Watch HQ already feels so much emptier without him. His sister, Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin (who’d spent every single day of her existence with Tucker, even going back to their mother’s womb!), can tell something’s wrong. How do I explain to her that her buddy won’t be coming home?

We’ll be closed today. Back tomorrow. Thanks for understanding. — Paul

133 comments to Tucker: 2005–2017

  • Bill Emigh | August 28, 2017 at 7:28 am |

    My condolences to you for the loss of your family feline member. Tucker did indeed sound like a “cool cat”.

    • Mike Edgerly | August 28, 2017 at 7:35 am |

      My condolences as well, cool cats are very special!

  • Darin in Ohio | August 28, 2017 at 7:41 am |

    Sincerest condolences, Paul. Folks without pets sometimes don’t “get it” that pets truly are family. I had a similar situation with our 12 year old black lab last month. You know the day is eventually coming that you’ll be faced with this, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

    Darin

  • Omar Jalife | August 28, 2017 at 7:46 am |

    I’m really sorry for your loss Paul.

  • Morgan | August 28, 2017 at 8:00 am |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul.

  • Bruce | August 28, 2017 at 8:18 am |

    Sorry to hear the news Paul.

  • Bill Gordon | August 28, 2017 at 8:18 am |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul. I just lost my Xander, who looked exactly like Tucker let Wednesday.

  • Benjamin | August 28, 2017 at 8:21 am |

    Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing what Tucker and Caitlin were up to in your posts.

  • Chris | August 28, 2017 at 8:27 am |

    Sorry for your loss Paul.

  • David | August 28, 2017 at 8:31 am |

    Sorry about Tucker. Absolutely beautiful cat, and sounds like a wonderful companion.

  • MJ | August 28, 2017 at 8:35 am |

    Condolences on your loss. Losing a pet hurts like few things.

  • Chris | August 28, 2017 at 8:36 am |

    This is the sad part of owning a pet. Sorry for your loss.

  • William I. Wells | August 28, 2017 at 8:37 am |

    I want to wish sincere condolences. Tucker sounded a lot like my best cat, Lemon, whom I lost in 2011. Hope Caitlin doesn’t suffer a “broken heart.”

    Will Wells

  • John H. | August 28, 2017 at 8:38 am |

    My sincere condolences, Paul. Many of us understand what you’re going through.

  • DaveS | August 28, 2017 at 8:40 am |

    Sorry to hear about Tucker. Had to say goodbye to our family pet this spring; Buddy our pug. Never easy. Hang in there.

  • Jon Rose | August 28, 2017 at 8:47 am |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul.

  • Derek | August 28, 2017 at 8:51 am |

    So sorry. Losing a beloved fur baby is the worst.

  • Ethan Lewis | August 28, 2017 at 8:52 am |

    Sorry Paul. It always leaves such a huge hole in one’s heart.

  • Tom Asher | August 28, 2017 at 8:57 am |

    Very sorry for your loss, Paul.

  • Johnny Swift | August 28, 2017 at 8:59 am |

    Best wishes to both you and Caitlin, Paul.

  • Jake | August 28, 2017 at 9:02 am |

    So sorry, Paul

  • Manuel | August 28, 2017 at 9:07 am |

    Sorry to hear it.

  • Andy | August 28, 2017 at 9:09 am |

    Condolences, being in that position before, I know it was tough. Sorry for your loss.

  • Bob | August 28, 2017 at 9:09 am |

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss, Paul. Please accept my condolences to you.

  • Adam | August 28, 2017 at 9:11 am |

    Much love to you and the whole UW household Paul.

  • Bill | August 28, 2017 at 9:16 am |

    I am very sorry.

  • david goodfriend | August 28, 2017 at 9:16 am |

    I am so sorry Paul. It’s so hard to lose a pet.
    Condolences to you and yours

  • Lou | August 28, 2017 at 9:16 am |

    So sorry Paul.

  • Steve | August 28, 2017 at 9:22 am |

    As a loving pet owner as well, I dread the day I have to make that decision. Ugh. My condolences..

  • Allan | August 28, 2017 at 9:24 am |

    So sorry to hear this Paul. I’ll be thinking of you today.

  • Patrick Brundage | August 28, 2017 at 9:30 am |

    The poor dear kitty has gone off to the big yarnball in the sky.

  • Ryne | August 28, 2017 at 9:32 am |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul. Pets are the best, really special and a part of the family.

  • Tom | August 28, 2017 at 9:39 am |

    Oh no. So sorry to hear this. Cats are the best.

  • Eltee of Dee Cee | August 28, 2017 at 9:41 am |

    That was one lucky cat. So sorry for your loss.

  • Mike Engle on iPhone | August 28, 2017 at 9:57 am |

    Sorry for your loss Paul. May Tucker’s memory be eternal. I hear there is an infinite catnip buffet where he is now. Hope Caitlin is doing OK without her litter mate and life companion.

  • Bob Lane | August 28, 2017 at 9:58 am |

    Paul, So sorry for your loss.

  • Ferdinand Cesarano | August 28, 2017 at 10:00 am |

    I can only echo others by saying how sorry I am. This is an emotional blow; and, if my own experience is any guide, it takes some time to deal with. All you can do to ease the pain somewhat is to reflect on the pleasant and comfortable life that you gave the dear little guy.

  • Ian | August 28, 2017 at 10:05 am |

    I’ve got 9 kittens, want one? Lol. I just lost my 2 year old kitty two days ago. Found him ran over. I’m 35, had pets my whole life and that was the first time discovering a pet dead. I didn’t handle it well.

    Makes you realize how much joy these guys bring you that going in knowing you will lose them, you still do it.

    I have 15 cats right now, but I need to name that dang baseball team litter.

  • Ian Lee | August 28, 2017 at 10:08 am |

    So sorry for your loss Paul!!

  • Jonathan Epstein | August 28, 2017 at 10:11 am |

    My condolences, Paul!

  • skott daltonic | August 28, 2017 at 10:18 am |

    i’m sorry, Paul.
    <3

  • Bill | August 28, 2017 at 10:19 am |

    Sorry for the loss, Paul.

  • TBDRO | August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am |

    So sorry to hear about Tucker. Sounds like he was an amazing cat who lived an amazing life. Extra snuggles for Caitlin during this sad time.

  • jacket18 | August 28, 2017 at 10:26 am |

    Paul, my heartfelt condolences to you and Caitlin on your loss. My girlfriend lost her cat of 16 years recently, so I know how difficult this can be. I wish for comfort and healing for both of you in your time of need.

  • Geoff Hudson | August 28, 2017 at 10:27 am |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul. They really are parts of the family.

  • DJ | August 28, 2017 at 10:29 am |

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. My sympathy to you and all who loved Tucker.

  • Steve | August 28, 2017 at 10:29 am |

    My condolences to you Paul. Sorry for your loss.

  • Ed Hughes | August 28, 2017 at 10:33 am |

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Paul. You can, I hope, take comfort in knowing that you gave Tucker a great life.

  • Jim Howicz | August 28, 2017 at 10:37 am |

    My condolences to you Paul. Sorry for your loss.

  • Paul Lukas | August 28, 2017 at 10:39 am |

    Thanks for the kind thoughts, everyone — means a lot, really.

  • Will Shoken | August 28, 2017 at 10:41 am |

    Paul, I am very sorry for your loss. I have a cat too and he’s my best buddy.

  • Christopher F. in NOLA | August 28, 2017 at 10:41 am |

    Oh my, I’m very sorry Paul.

  • Shaftman | August 28, 2017 at 10:44 am |

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and anyone else who will feel Tucker’s absence.

  • Jon | August 28, 2017 at 10:45 am |

    Truly sorry for your loss Paul.

  • Ted Mark | August 28, 2017 at 10:51 am |

    The loss of a pet is sad. As sad as can be. I’m sorry for you, Caitlin, and of course, Tucker.

  • Scott | August 28, 2017 at 10:56 am |

    Another crazy cat guy here. :(

  • Rich in NOLA | August 28, 2017 at 11:14 am |

    Paul,

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Graf Zeppelin | August 28, 2017 at 11:15 am |

    Very sorry, Paul.

  • Scott Davis | August 28, 2017 at 11:16 am |

    :^(

  • Mike Obie | August 28, 2017 at 11:16 am |

    Paul, My condolences on the loss of Tucker. Pets do become part of the family. Losing one sucks. You and Caitlin keep your heads up.

  • Joe from Eagle Mills | August 28, 2017 at 11:27 am |

    Sorry to hear this. Best to you and the people in your circle who knew Tucker.

  • Wafflebored | August 28, 2017 at 11:28 am |

    So sorry to hear the news about Tucker.

  • Terry Smith | August 28, 2017 at 11:41 am |

    Sorry to learn of Tucker’s passing. No doubt his 12 years were filled with fun and joy being your good kitty.

  • Chris | August 28, 2017 at 11:41 am |

    Sorry to hear the news Paul. The Uniwatch family will miss hearing about Tucker. Take as much time as you need, and we’ll wait for you.

  • Al Arauz | August 28, 2017 at 11:46 am |

    Awesome news Paul. Sorry for your loss.

    • Al Arauz | August 28, 2017 at 11:47 am |

      that’d be awful news. :(

  • Ryan | August 28, 2017 at 11:48 am |

    My sincere condolences on your loss Paul. Losing pets is very painful, strength be with you.

  • El Danno | August 28, 2017 at 11:56 am |

    I’m very sorry to learn of your loss, Paul.

  • John Moore | August 28, 2017 at 11:58 am |

    So sorry to hear the sad news about Tucker. All anyone can ever do is make each day count, but it’s an awful feeling to let a friend go.

  • Brad Susany | August 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm |

    Ugh … sorry to hear.. my favorite 2 cats ever… and I never met them

  • Shane Barnes | August 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm |

    Sorry to hear about your loss. . Losing a pet is very difficult. They are family. Take a while to grieve.

  • Memal | August 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm |

    My deepest condolences Paul. It’s never easy to lose a pet, but at least he’s never suffering.

  • Skycat | August 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm |

    Indeed a major loss to the Uni Watch family. So sorry to read about it.

  • duker | August 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm |

    RIP Tucker.

  • Ty | August 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm |

    So sorry for your loss, Paul.

  • Josh | August 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm |

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • Bill | August 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul. Lots of good thoughts and prayers headed your way.

  • Obbs | August 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm |

    RIP Tucker. Condolences Paul. Hope Caitlin will be ok.

  • Jim Mellett | August 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm |

    I’m so sorry for your loss Paul. It is always hard when you lose a good buddy.

  • Lee | August 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm |

    Dang man… so sorry. I know Tucker meant a lot, my condolences.

    Lee

  • Steve Volkman | August 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm |

    Darned critters, how they work their way into your heart. I’m very sorry about Tucker’s death. That decision is just hard.

  • TIm | August 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm |

    Hi Paul. So sorry to hear about the cat. RIP kitty.

  • Ed | August 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm |

    So sorry, Paul

  • Earl Shores | August 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm |

    So sorry for your loss Paul. We lost our favorite guy in February and still miss him greatly. We’re also cat-less for first time in decades. Our hearts are totally with you. Tucker was truly handsome guy.

  • Olin Skattum | August 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm |

    I am sad for your loss Paul. I hope the happy memories outweigh the sadness we have today.

  • Mangler | August 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm |

    Sorry to hear about your loss, Paul. I know Tucker meant so much to your family, and the Uni Watch family.

  • Matthew | August 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm |

    Very sorry to hear Paul! Loosing any pet is very hard and even more so when there are decisions involved. As previously mentioned, our hearts are with you!

  • Skott | August 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm |

    My deepest sympathies!

  • Dave P. | August 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm |

    So sorry for your loss Paul. The hardest day and decision of any pet owner’s life. It is the loss of a family member, nothing less. Hang in there.

  • Art S | August 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm |

    So sorry about your loss, Paul. As a pet owner myself, I know how attached we become to our pets and how they become part of the family.

  • BvK1126 | August 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm |

    My heartfelt sympathies to you, Paul. I always enjoyed Tucker’s cameos at Uni Watch. He helped bring a refreshing touch of warmth and whimsy to the site. He’ll be missed.

  • Chris from Tampa | August 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm |

    Sorry for your loss, Paul. We lost our dog in April and even moved since then and it still doesn’t feel right. My thoughts are with you.

  • mike 2 | August 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm |

    So sorry for your loss.

    You gave her a good life and she was lucky to have you as a human.

    Deepest condolences.

  • Tim P | August 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm |

    Sorry for you loss, Paul. So many people don’t understand that pets are just as much family as anyone else. Thoughts and prayers during a difficult time.

  • Sfidrych | August 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm |

    Sorry for your loss Paul. Thoughts and prayers are headed to you and Caitlin.

  • Michael Wing | August 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm |

    Paul, I add my condolences to those above for the passing of your beloved Tucker. (We lost our dear Emma this spring, so I truly empathize.) He and Caitlyn have added even more charm to what is a wonderful and charming site — and, more importantly, he was part of your family.

  • Kelly | August 28, 2017 at 2:36 pm |

    So Sorry Paul, I am sure he had a great life. Cats are awesome. Give my love to Caitlyn.

  • Terry Mark | August 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm |

    My heart goes out to you, Paul. I know this is a big loss for you. We’ll be here for you (virtually) as you grieve.

  • Patrick Jordan | August 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm |

    Toughest and most heart breaking decision to make – still makes me cry 14 months later. My deepest condolences.

  • Too Tall Paul | August 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm |

    So very sorry, Paul. Condolences and sympathies to you and your family.

  • Larry | August 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm |

    I’m very sorry to hear about your cat. The special bond between us and our animals is stronger than most people realize.

    If you have a bonded pair, bring both animals to the vet together, and they will understand when they see their friend. My vet recommended it when I had a pair of elderly dachshunds, and the surviving dog never seemed to be “searching”.

  • Mike | August 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm |

    So sorry to hear the news. Cats make the world a better place.

  • Tim C | August 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm |

    Very sorry to hear about Tucker. Condolences to you Paul and take care.

  • AJHUMBLE | August 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm |

    Long time reader, only have written previously to chastise you for overlooking something Oklahoma State. This post is not for that. Take care bud, deservedly mourn your ass off – and we’ll pick up on the MLB barf weekend tomorrow.

  • Marcus | August 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm |

    Sorry to hear about the kitty cat. This is so sad!

  • Brantwood | August 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm |

    My wife and I feel your pain. We have been in your shoes 3 times in the last 7 years, having to say goodbye to a four-legged feline child before their time. Having to make a decision about whether to let a furry family member suffer isn’t easy… but, from experience, I know that it is the right thing to do as a final act of love from us to them. Hang in there!

  • Jim | August 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm |

    So sorry Paul. We lost our 15 year old cat last Wednesday. She had been sick since January, but got worse quickly last week. We’ll miss her so much.

  • Mario Garcia | August 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm |

    So sorry to hear that Paul. Having been through the loss of a 15 year old pet, I know how empty the house and heart feel once they’re gone, and I hope you’re getting some personal TLC from friends to help you out.

  • Rycorm | August 28, 2017 at 6:10 pm |

    My condolences as well. We also lost a cat suddenly this past June and it was tough. Thoughts are with you.

  • Josh | August 28, 2017 at 6:29 pm |

    Paul, I’m verry sorry for your loss. The loss of a pet is like losing a family member.
    My family’s 2 cats died a few years ago and they are missed every day.
    My thoughts are with you.

  • Ran Isaacs | August 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm |

    My condolences, and hang in there the both of you.

  • Marc | August 28, 2017 at 7:14 pm |

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Paul. I know how important cats can be in our lives and the effect of losing one has on us. I hope that it gets better over time.

  • Greg B. | August 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm |

    Paul, I am so sorry to hear about Tucker. I went through this twice in the last two years and it sucks, to be blunt. My cat Sam’s death really hit me hard, to the point where I made a blog post about him. Maybe it’ll help a bit.

    https://gregbeau.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/the-best-cat-ever/

  • Chip Powell | August 28, 2017 at 7:25 pm |

    Sorry for your loss. My wife and I have three cats and don’t know what we will do when that time comes for us.

  • Paul | August 28, 2017 at 7:42 pm |

    Paul, please know you gave Tucker an incredible life. Losing a friend like him is hard. Despite everything life throws at us, they are the one constant. Always there by your side. Sorry for the loss.

  • Dave James | August 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm |

    Paul, I’ve been through this way too many times with both dogs and cats. It leaves a small hole in your heart that you can never quite fill. Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing of all.

  • Dan Cichalski | August 28, 2017 at 9:09 pm |

    So sorry to hear this, Paul. We lost one of our guys 15 months ago after a three-month battle with cancer. I can’t imagine going from “all is well” to goodbye in a week.

  • Brandon S Bowker | August 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm |

    I’ve been reading with regularity, but haven’t been pressed to comment for some time. I’m so sorry for the loss of your furry buddy. So many of us empathize. That doesn’t make it any better, but, well, we’re on your side.

  • Michael Tomassi | August 28, 2017 at 10:51 pm |

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I always loved when they showed up in the news feeds. Losing a member of the family is always hard. I hope you’re doing OK.

  • Matt Shevin | August 28, 2017 at 11:37 pm |

    Tucker lived extra years because you were such a caring owner. People like you should have pets. I’m really glad you do.

  • UmpLou | August 29, 2017 at 12:47 am |

    Just came upon this…..dang. Have had cat children all my life, and have had to make that decision fat=r too many times. You KNOW you are helping them, but is never is easy. My sincere condolences on Tucker, and extra love and treats for Caitlin.

  • Cole | August 29, 2017 at 1:22 am |

    Condolances. I lost my “once in a lifetime” pet a year ago. I’m still not over it – but now I can look back on the happy times and smile. I’m so sorry for your loss, Paul. And all my love to Caitlin.

    • Cole | August 29, 2017 at 1:24 am |

      P.S. Memorial patch on next uniwatch t-shirt? Just brainstorming here…

  • Andy | August 29, 2017 at 4:10 am |

    I’m sorry you had to make that decision, Paul. My heart goes out to you and Caitlin.

  • Howard | August 29, 2017 at 5:36 am |

    Condolences for your loss Paul
    I am so sorry

  • David T | August 29, 2017 at 7:38 am |

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • ChrisL | August 29, 2017 at 9:18 am |

    A little late to the game but sorry to hear about Tucker.

  • Meatball Palmer | August 29, 2017 at 9:24 am |

    Tucker looks like a sweet kitty with white paws and that white face. Kind of reminds me of my ex-GF’s cat who we lost to cancer earlier this year. It’s not easy.

  • Richard Craig | August 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm |

    So sorry to hear about this (and that I was this late reading it). People who don’t have pets often don’t understand that losing one is very much like losing a family member. I wish you and the Tugboat Captain the best in getting through this.

  • hugh.c.mcbride | August 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm |

    So very sorry for your loss, Paul. You clearly gave Tucker a wonderful life, and I hope that your many wonderful memories of him will be a source of solace and, in time, joy. Sending positive vibes & thoughts of peace.

  • Le Cracquere | August 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm |

    Lord rest you, Tucker. Best wishes to you & yours, Paul (particularly Caitlin!).

  • Scott Wedemeyer | August 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm |

    Very sorry for your loss, Paul. I’m a fellow cat owner and know how important and special these little guys are. My thoughts are with you.

  • Kevin Denney | August 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm |

    My prayers and condolences to you Paul on your loss of Tucker. I know how much my cats mean to me and I pray that Caitlin is ok as well.