Kitty is Dead

Seems that at one point in her long life, her name was changed, so that officially she was to be called India. Many people, though, simply called her Kitty. Now she is dead, having lived a long, and no doubt exciting life–for most of her years were spend in the family quarters of the White House.

She died yesterday. Poor baby–maybe she couldn’t stand the thought of leaving those hallowed chambers and being forced to live one of her remaining lives as a plain feline resident of either Crawford or of Dallas.

Well, not exactly an earth-shattering news item, nor a well-crafted piece of great intellectual depth (as though you would expect such a thing here, anyway!) but it interested me, and perhaps will you also. The following tidbits are taken from the Whitehouse Kids site.

India’s Biography

India, the President and Mrs. Bush’s black American Shorthair cat, passed away in January 2009. She was a beloved member of the Bush family for almost two decades.

Nickname
India also goes by “Willie” and “Kitty.” India Bush has been a beloved member of the Bush family for more than 10 years.

“Dream” Job
Presidential Historian…loves to tell interesting facts about past Presidents and First Ladies.

Address
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Owners
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush

Namesake
Named for former Texas Ranger baseball player, Ruben Sierra, who was called “El Indio”

Willie Trivia
My pals, Spotty and Barney, love the outdoors, but I prefer to stay inside and visit the White House library. Do you like to read? I hope so. My favorite book is “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Mrs. Bush read this book to children at the White House during the holidays.

Photograph of India, a black cat, next to a plant on a table. White House photo by Paul Morse

Picture of a mouse. Favorites

Sport
Hiding from owners

Food
Tuna-flavored kitty treats

Book if she could read
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Place to nap
Under the bed

RIP, Kitty.

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