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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On the passing of a House Panther

India, First Cat It is with great sadness that I report today the passing of First Cat and fellow House Panther India, also knows as Willie, at the age of 18. The black Domestic Shorthair, which spent the last 8 years of his life in office, passed away Sunday at the White House.

"The president, Mrs. Bush, Barbara, and Jenna are deeply saddened by the passing of their cat India ("Willie")," press secretary Sally McDonough said in a statement.

"India was a beloved member of the Bush family for almost two decades. She will be greatly missed," she said.

India was named by Barbara Bush after a former Texas Ranger baseball player, Ruben Sierra, who was called "El Indio," but the cat was called "Willie" or "Kitty" by the family.

The Bush family has two other pets, Barney and Miss Beazley, both Scottish Terriers.

The American feline community joins with the Bushes in mourning the loss of India.


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

I was kind and sent that to Huffle last evening!


-d ma said...

i did not know they had a cat, let alone a cat named after ruben sierra. wow.

Eduardo said...

Very sad indeed.
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

catsynth said...

That is sad.
Our sympathies to the Bush family.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

It was quite sad. We had no idea they had a cat.

Daisy said...

I am very sad that India had to go to the Bridge. I hope there will be another cat in the White House some day.

The Island Cats said...

We're sad to hear this news...she's in good company at the bridge...

Sunny's Mommy said...

That's sad news :(

Lacy said...

w00f's me iz sorry India left us..RIP sweet kitty....

b safe,

ML said...

We's furry sad, too. An we didn't know tha there was a cat in tha White House. Effurry President should haf a cat.

The OP Pack said...

Sad loss, but lived to be 18!!!! That's quite a long life.

Sending our sympathies to the First Family.

Woos, the OP Pack

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

That was a very kind tribute Daimomd! Our sympathies to the Bush Family!!
Your FL furiends,

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

We were very sad to read this. We're sure the Bush family is very sad right now. 18 years is such a good long life.

MoMo said...

18 years old is quite a good age. It always is sad to have to farewell an old family member.

VampyVictor said...

Be free and happy Willie

Sweet Praline said...

I don't think I realized there was a "first cat" in the white house. So sorry to hear about India.

T'Abby Normal said...

It was a discreet and panthery cat. Best wishes to it upon its crossing of the rainbow bridge.

Abby & Stygia

Everycat said...

Thank you for a lovely tribute Diamond.

Yep, we think every leader in every country should have at least one cat.