Grumpy Cat back home in Arizona after stealing show at SXSW

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by Kristine Harrington

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 10:20 AM

PHOENIX -- People from all over the world lined up to get a photo with "Grumpy Cat" in Texas this weekend.

Grumpy Cat is in high demand these days, so much so her owner Tabatha Bundesen has taken a leave of absence from work to manage the feline’s schedule, which is not exactly what she expected when her brother randomly posted a picture of that grumpy face on the Internet last fall.

“It's unreal to me,” Bundesen said. She just can't believe the way her "Grumpy Cat" has become a pop culture phenomenon. “I mean will somebody pinch me? Am I really in Austin Texas with my cat?"

Tabatha and her cat, Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, just flew home from SXSW where this face took the music and film festival by storm. In fact, people were lining up for blocks -- in the rain -- just to get a picture with that famous frowning feline.

“It was raining cats and dogs and they come in drenched like ahh grumpy cat!!!” Bundesen said.

And even at Sky Harbor, it wasn't long before Grumpy Cat was spotted.

“I think it's amazing,” Claire George said. “I was talking to Lily and she's like it feels like we're meeting a famous person because she's everywhere. I think it's awesome.”

“Yes, I'm like finally I got to meet the grumpy cat,” Lily Jensen agreed.

It might feel like this face has been around forever, but in fact this cat is not even 1 year old yet and has only been an Internet sensation since pictures of her sour-puss started circulating in September.

“We've just been feeding the public whatever they want they get,” Bundesen said.

Grumpy Cat hosts "The Daily Grump" on her own website, has 50,000 Twitter follows and millions of views on YouTube. But what many people can't figure out is why she's so grumpy.

“He looks very angry and if he's really from Arizona I don't know what he's angry about,”  Liz Eichelberger said.  “This is a nice place to live we shouldn't have grumpy cats around here.”

Bundesen is certain her cat is actually very happy especially because, while everyone has their own Grumpy Cat face, when they actually get close to Grumpy herself, there are nothing but smiles.

“She’s literally the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.”

Bundesen says Grumpy Cat is a typical house cat 99 percent of the time, but she also has a book deal and hopes for a cartoon and plush toys that showcase that grumpy face that seems to make everyone around her smile.

You can visit grumpy cat at http://www.grumpycats.com/

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