President George W. Bush’s family cat has died.
The cat, which was first named India, had its name changed to Willie in 2001 after some complained about the cultural connotations of his original name.
Willie was an 18-year-old female black American Shorthair cat, adopted by the family when their twin daughters were young. When the girls left for college, the cat stayed at the White House, where she died Sunday.
The Bush family also has two dogs. The President’s dog, Barney, is a Scottish Terrier. The President bought his wife a second Scottish Terrier, Miss Beazley, in 2005 as a birthday present.
Newly-elected President Barack Obama is expected to adopt a new dog after he takes office later this month. Obama promised his daughters during the election they could have a dog after the race was over.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean